Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Life in Durham

Duke's Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina, isn't just your location for your US residency; it's your home. Durham, along with neighbouring Raleigh and Chapel Hill, is part of central North Carolina's Research Triangle Park area. Located in the center of the state, between beautiful mountains and sunny beaches, Durham offers the best of city, suburban, and rural living. Here, you can find a bustling downtown area, convenient suburban shopping, and the serenity of Duke Forest.

Rated one of the United States' most liveable areas and hottest places for business by Money, Fortune, Forbes, Entrepreneur magazines and others, the Triangle metropolitan area is home to more than 1.3 million people. It is one of the most well-educated areas in the US, with one of the highest PhDs-per-capita, thanks in part to four universities—Duke and North Carolina Central University in Durham; North Carolina State University in Raleigh; and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Learn more about our diverse state, Durham, and Duke and Durham as community partners. Once you read about it, you'll have to see it to believe it.

  • NC Industry

    North Carolina has much to offer in terms of industry and business. Check out this profile of the state.

    North Carolina is a state powered by innovation. During the past 20 years, it has transitioned from an economy driven by tobacco, furniture, and textiles to a global economy driven by knowledge-based enterprises including advanced manufacturing, software and information technology, bio-pharmaceuticals, financial services, and film and TV production. In fact, North Carolina is one of the top 10 US locations for video productions and Durham has served as host to various films and commercials.

    Located in Durham, one of the oldest and largest science parks in the US is The Research Triangle Park (RTP), a 7,000-acre development that is home to more than 150 companies—from Fortune 100 multinational operations to university spin-outs and start-ups. Employers include the EPA, Credit Suisse, Lenovo, Cisco, Ericsson, IBM, and GlaxoSmithKline.

    Some Fuqua alumni don't have to go far to find a successful career. The area offers a diverse job market and a great standard of living. In fact, just down the road in Cary, NC, is SAS Institute, often recognized as one of the best places to work in the US.

    Learn more about what makes Durham a great place to work and play.

  • Duke and Durham were made for each other. Together they make Fuqua the perfect place for you to learn, grow, and explore. And, we're not the only ones who think we're special. Below are a few of our accolades:




    Durham-Chapel Hill metro area ranked #4 on list of 10 Most Educated Cities

    U.S. News & World Report


    #3 Best Place for Business and Careers



    15th best mid-sized city in which to launch a small business

    CNN Money


    Durham ranked #3 on the list of Top 20 College Towns for Jobs.



    Durham ranked #5 on Relocate-America's 2009 Top 100 Places to Live.



    Sarah P. Duke Gardens named #6 best public garden

    Southern Living


    Durham was named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People America's Promise Alliance 2011

    The four-county Durham metro area ranked #4 for Best Mid-Sized Areas for Jobs.



    Durham ranked the #3 area with the biggest change in the number of financial services jobs

    Wall Street Journal


    Durham is ranked as the #8 place to get more for less



    Durham ranked #4 on the NBC Today Show's list of Most Livable Cities in America

    NBC Today Show


    Durham listed as one of 41 Places to Go in 2011 New York Times 2011

    Duke University Hospital was ranked #10 on annual best hospital list

    U.S. News & World Report


    Durham named one of the 10 Best Places to Live in America

    U.S. News & World Report


    Durham ranked #9 on the nation's top midsized cities for young professionals

    Next Generation Consulting


    Durham and Duke University chosen, along with Chapel Hill and UNC, as the best basketball towns to visit



    Durham ranked #2 on list of US Cities with Most Leftover to Spend After Paying for Housing The Atlantic 2011

    The Duke University Golf Club is ranked #1 out of 13 in the region.

    North Carolina Golf Course Ranking Panel


    Durham tied for #11 on the list of the Best Cities for Business
    Market Watch

    Cameron Indoor Stadium - "one of the ten Great Places to Get Pumped for NCAA Action."

    USA Today


    Duke University Hospital ranked 10th in major teaching hospitals for national benchmarks and 11th on the 100 Top Hospitals: Everest Award for National Benchmarks Winners

    Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals



    Search for more Durham accolades.

  • Where old meets innovation and nature meets man—you're at the center of it all. The Duke campus rests within the serenity of the Duke Forest, a living ecological laboratory and refuge for a variety of plant and animal species, and Fuqua is located in the heart of Duke's West Campus.

    Life on this beautiful campus is unique. Brimming with a diverse culture that includes students, faculty, staff, and their families, there is a strong sense of camaraderie here. From the time you set foot on campus, you will be embraced as part of "Team Fuqua."

    There are more than 400 university student groups in addition to the MMS-specific clubs, and you're just a five-minute walk to the legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium—hallowed ground for Duke basketball fans.

    Our community values collaboration and rallies behind your success. Our culture was built on the idea that people can accomplish more together than alone. It's what makes us one of the finest business schools in the world, and what will make you one of the best in your career.

    Check out the stats for the Duke Blue Devils.

  • The Duke Community Housing Office can provide assistance for you to find housing in Durham. Contact the Community Housing Office.

    Relocation Expenses for Durham

    The Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh areas are touted as one of the best places to live in the country in part due to the affordable standard of living. But, you should expect your living expenses for the first month to exceed the average due to start-up costs. Below are estimates of some of these costs, though this list is not complete and represents only estimates of charges. Expenses will vary.

    Airport taxi $35 - 40
    Hotel (one night) $70 - 150
    Car rental (one week) $175 - 250
    First month's rent $400 - 1,200
    Deposit for apartment (refundable) $400 - 1,200 (usually one month's rent)
    Deposit for electricity (refundable) $100 - 250 (Duke Energy)
    Furniture $200 - 1,000
    Household supplies $200