Where You Live Matters
Greetings, and welcome to the Duke community! This section of the admitted students website focuses on the exciting array of alternative transportation options available at Duke. Collaborative research conducted by Nicholas School master’s students (Jimmy Gilman and Hardy Almes) and Duke’s Office of Sustainability has revealed that student awareness of alternative transportation is lacking. This research also found that other concerns such as added time and a perceived lack of safety and convenience serve as barriers to alternative transportation use. As part of your summer on-boarding, we hope to take the first step towards
addressing these barriers, along with providing you a starting point from which to find all the transportation information you will need during your time here at Duke.
- Transit: In conjunction with Duke University and the City of Durham, several mass transit options, including Go-Passes, are available to all students free of charge.
- Walking/Biking: Duke has several services to accommodate active students who wish to walk or ride their bikes to campus, including access to showers, an emergency ride home program (for those employed by Duke), and discounts at bike shops.
- Carpool: Some students may wish to form carpools with other members of the Duke community, and Duke offers financial incentives if you choose to apply.
- Occasional Parking/Carshare: For those students who need or wish to drive on occasion, the university offers two free parking days per month for registered alternative commuters, along with discounts on car rentals.
- Commute Planning: Chat with a Duke transportation representative today for personalized commute planning!
Your housing decision impacts the transportation options available to you. This is because distance from campus, proximity to transit, bike paths and presence of other students in your neighborhood determine what transportation modes may be easily accessible. If you are interested in taking advantage of alternative transportation, you should factor this in when deciding on a place to live.
Researchers surveyed Duke graduate students from neighborhoods surrounding the university regarding the ease of commuting to campus via bicycle from that area. The map below aggregates student responses by neighborhood to indicate the “bikeability” level in each. Bus routes surrounding campus and the locations of apartment complexes near campus are also displayed in the second map. Duke’s East-West shuttle is also displayed, which connects Duke’s two primary campuses and hubs of student residences and activities.
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