Duke's hometown is Durham, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities. Durham, along with nearby cities Raleigh and Chapel Hill, form the Research Triangle — a growing metropolitan area of more than a million people.

Hear from Sanford MPP students about life in Durham in this video. 

Take a look at Durham's unique and infectious energy, from its renowned food scene to the lively downtown night life

Nearby UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University increase research collaboration and social options. North Carolina's mild weather allows for outside fun year round. The mountains and beaches are just a few hours away from Durham by car. 

Durham has gained national attention:

"Durham offers big city activities without the big city hassle. It's the best of both worlds - you can be outdoors hiking in nature and then have dinner at a terrific restaurant. The residents here love their city, and our students often don't want to leave."

Pope "Mac" McCorkle, Professor of the Practice

Close Ties to Washington

Ideal for policy students, our location allows for easy travel to Washington, D.C., and other major East Coast cities.

The Sanford School has special relationships with D.C.-based alumni and employers who provide valuable internship and job search connections. Policymakers, politicians and dignitaries regularly visit campus, too.

We encourage you to visit our campus in person for a great Southern experience you won't forget.

map of east coast with flight times from durham to nyc, dc, and atlanta

Our Campus

Located in central North Carolina, Duke University's campus spans nearly 9,000 acres. The university offers many activities for all types of interests, from professional theater, music and film festivals to exciting intramural and NCAA athletic events. Outstanding on-campus facilities facilities include


Sarah P. Duke Gardens, perfect for a picnic or stroll


Wilson Center, popular recreation facility with a rock climbing wall


The Nasher Museum of Art, groundbreaking collections of contemporary art


Al Buehler Cross Country Trail, a forested loop just right for a run or walk with friends