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Duke Postdoc Buddy Program

  • Duke Postdoctoral Services and DUPA sponsor a buddy system to encourage connection between postdocs. If you are interested in having a buddy to talk to, or if you are interested in becoming a buddy to another postdoc, please participate in the Duke Postdoc Buddy Program. We will connect you with each other.

International Postdocs: Make an appointment for International Scholar Orientation with the Duke International Student Center.

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  • Duke International Student Center Housing Links--Whether or not you are international, DISC has useful housing information, including a list of temporary housing options: see Housing section.
  • Duke Off Campus Housing in Durham Resourcesincluding video of 2023 Off Campus Housing Fair.
  • Explore neighborhoods, public transportation, childcare, local schools, utilities and more at Duke in Durham.
  • DukeList lists housing for sale and for rent, as well as household goods for sale, yard/moving sales, vehicles for sale, child care services, and more.
  • NearDuke Housing--Information on renting, buying, or finding a roommate. Search by neighborhood, residence type (e.g. house, apartment, condo), and view public transportations options.
  • NearDuke Housing Renter Resources--Information on moving in, safety in your home, safety going to/from campus, housing satisfaction surveys, communicating with your landlord, living with roommates, subleasing, moving out, and legal issues.
  • The National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences provides information about moving to the broader Research Triangle area, including Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Visit Moving to RTP.
  • Craigslist lists housing, sublets, household goods for sale and for free, and more.

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Driver’s License/Motor Vehicle Registration

In North Carolina, you are required to have a NC driver’s license or state identification card before you can register your car. You must pass a written exam to be granted an NC license, even if you have a valid license from another state. Study for the exam using the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Handbook.

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Childcare and Local Schools

Public Schools
Charter Schools, Private Schools, and Home Schools

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Public Transportation

  • Duke offers the GoPass to employees, allowing unlimited rides on select local transit systems for a small yearly fee.
  • The free Duke Buses travel between Duke’s West, East, and Central campuses.
  • Go Durham is the Durham city bus service.
  • Go Triangle provides transportation between Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, and Raleigh.
  • The Robertson Scholars Express Bus travels between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill during the academic year. Cost is $1 per ride with Duke ID.
  • The Duke Housing Map shows bus stops located near Durham apartment complexes.

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Getting Settled at Duke: Virtual Postdoctoral Orientation, ID, Parking, Benefits & More

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