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Duke University is one of the smallest universities in the country, with only 13,500 odd students, and it is perhaps due to this that it is also one of the best regarded. Duke's medical, law and business school all ranked among the top 12 in the country. There are actually slightly more postgraduates than undergraduates studying at Duke.
Part of the Family
Durham, along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, form a family of communities. Durham itself was built on tobacco - it is not clear whether this is linked to the fact that the health care industry in the area is one of the best in the country! However, since 2000 there has been no tobacco production in Durham - it is now a liberal, art-oriented city with a high proportion of medical practitioners.
Out in the Old West Neighborhood
'Old West' Durham is one of the closest neighborhoods to Duke University, and if you are looking for apartments close to school, Trinity Gardens, West End and Walltown are also worth checking out. You will find that Duke University is its own neighborhood also! All these neighborhoods are comparable for cost of living, however Old West and Trinity Heights are slightly quieter.
No Need for Your Own Wheels
Durham is quite a walkable city, and the area around Duke University in particular scores 78 out of 100. Although there isn't huge diversity in services like coffee shops, grocery stores, fitness and drug stores, you can get to all of these by walking less than a quarter of a mile.
Durham also has the Triangle Transit Authority and the Durham Area Transit Authority to connect you to the rest of the city.
Fly South for Apartments in Durham
Many apartments in Durham are just south of Duke University - although not so far that you won't be able to bike to school! The cost of housing rentals in Durham are quite reasonable, with some apartments available for under $400 per month, and most settling around $500-$600 per month.
Durham - Delicious Dives
The area around Duke specifically doesn't have much in the way of nightlife, but you don't have to go far to find great pub grub and microbrews in the form of Tyler's Restauarnat and Taproom, and Irish pubs like James Joyce and Bull McCabe's are somewhat a Durham specialty.
If lunch dining is your concern, The Mad Hatter's Bakeshop and Café and Cinelli's Pizza are only across the road from Duke, and if you can stand to cross a couple of roads (only small ones!), The Cosmic Cantina and Dain's Place are highly recommended.
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whats the average rent in north carolina?
The average in Durham is a little more expensive than the north Ca average. For example, the average studios in Durham is $520 and the state is $470. But if compare to nearby city (like Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Morrisville or Carrboro), Durham is the cheapest choice.
Why should I move to Durham?
Durham is just a great place to work, live or go to school. It's got tons of cultural things, excellent sports teams (remember Bull Durham?) and is a good size town. A quarter of a million people means you can find whatever you need or want but it isn't going to seem crowded. Besides, it's so close to major state parks and lakes.
What neighborhoods in Durham are good for eating out?
There are loads of good restaurants in Durham, but the 700 block of 9th St. is getting to be known as restaurant row. Q's Shack is the best barbeque in town and George's Garage has everything from sushi to grilled lamb chops. There are many others within that block in all price ranges so it's the best area if you can't decide what you want.
What areas of Durham are safe for walking around at night?
Most areas of Durham are safe for walking around at night- most notably the western side of town closest to Chapel Hill, the southern side of town, and the areas around Duke University campus, including the apartments off of University Drive. Southpoint Mall is another safe and affordable Durham neighborhood with local cops and campus cops often patrolling the area. The only part of Durham that should possibly be avoided late at night is the few blocks right around the downtown vicinity.
What's the weather like in Durham?
Durham enjoys a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers in Durham are generally hot; temperatures in July and August often hover around 88 degrees, and these also tend to be the wettest months. Winters are cool with occasional light snowfalls, but temperatures usually stay above freezing. January is the coldest month of the year with daytime temperatures of around 50 degrees. Average precipitation in Durham is around 41 inches annually.
Are there local sporting events in Durham?
Yes. The most popular sporting events in Durham are at the collegiate level. Duke University competes in a total of 26 sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and their basketball team has won the NCAA Division I championship four times. Having transitioned to Division I in 2005, the North Carolina Central University's athletic program also enjoys a large fan base in the area. Durham's sole professional sports team, the Durham Bulls International League baseball team, plays at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.