Off Campus Students - Options for Your Commute

Off Campus Students: Options for Your Commute

Students have many ways to get around Durham.

Convenient Housing

Many students who live off campus choose to live near Duke and enjoy the conveniences of a short commute. There are several tools available to help identify near-campus housing options. is a search tool sponsored by the Chronicle that allows Duke students and employees to find housing based on price, amenities, and available bus service. Duke List is also a convenient one-stop shop of classified advertising for and by the Duke community. Housing, Dining, and Residence Life provides a search tool for off-campus housing. Finally, iPhone users can download the SmartMoves app to run a proximity search for off-campus housing near transit and greenway amenities. Considering all of these options when choosing your home or apartment can assist you in finding the lifestyle and quality of life that fits best with your needs.


As part of Duke's continuing efforts to create a more sustainable campus by reducing traffic, Parking and Transportation Services offers a carpool program with an array of incentives, including free and convenient parking for groups of four or more people. The carpool program is open to all Duke staff, faculty, and students who have a vehicle and live off-campus.

Ride-Matching for Holiday Breaks

Duke hosts a digital ride board for students who are looking to carpool to/from holiday break destinations.  For directions on how to use this tool, click here.


Duke Parking & Transportation Services works with Triangle Transit to organize a vanpool program for employees. Not only do Triangle Transit vans park for free at Duke, but Triangle Transit provides the van, pays for gas and insurance, and arranges, oversees, and pays for all maintenance. Riders pay a low monthly fare based on monthly round-trip mileage. The primary driver does not pay.

Regional Bus (for eligible commuter)

Duke is offering GoPass, a free local and regional bus pass, to students and eligible Duke staff and faculty. To be eligible, employees must work on East, West, Central and Medical Center campuses; the American Tobacco Campus; or within one-half mile of the East,West, Central or Medical campuses. All undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are eligible. Local and regional bus transportation is provided off-campus by the Durham Area Transit Authority and Triangle Transit. Be sure to check out the Bull City Connector, a fare-free service that connects downtown with Duke University and medical facilities.


Staff, faculty and students who bike to Duke and do not regularly bring a vehicle to campus are not required to purchase a parking permit and may register as a bicycling commuter.

Parking Permits

With nearly 13,000 students at Duke, the university is continually making strides to provide the best and easiest ways to park on campus.