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The Best Neighborhoods to Live In Close Duke University

Finding Your New Home Near Duke University

Duke University has a large campus, and Durham is not a large city in terms of square miles. Many parts of Durham are highly walkable and bikeable for someone who is looking to avoid the cost of owning a car. Durham also has the DATA public bus system.

Regardless of whether you are new faculty or a new Duke student, there are a lot of options that are close by and convenient.

Trinity Heights:

Originally built by Duke University and very close to East Campus, this neighborhood has a mixture of new houses, historic homes, and new townhomes.

Trinity Park:

A historic neighborhood with a mixture of new and old houses.

Old West Durham:

A favorite of grad students and faculty, this area is very close to 9th Street.


Very close to Old West Durham, this area is notable for larger homes than what is typically found in the Durham interior.

Duke Park:

Farther away from Duke campuses than usual, but this neighborhood is notable for a lot of parks. It is very popular with postdocs and younger adjunct professors.

Duke Forest:

This older neighborhood is tucked into a heavily wooded area close to Duke. It is a great option for those who choose to bike to campus.


This neighborhood is on the outside of downtown from Duke Campus. It has undergone a heavy transition in recent years.


This neighborhood has a mixture of larger and smaller homes, but the lots are bigger than you’ll typically find close to campus.


This neighborhood is close to East Campus. It has a large number of smaller homes and a high rental percentage.