The Dirt's Guide to Off-Campus Housing


Hey there Dukies! Are you as sick of living on campus as we were? Well, have no fear, that six semester on campus rule is out of the way quicker than you can say "Go to Hell, Carolina." Even faster, in fact, if you are one of the lucky returning abroadies to lottery out of your requirement. 

Either way, The Dirt is here to welcome you into this new phase of almost-adult-but-still-not-really living. We put this guide together with you in mind. But of course, if you are still in need of more details, NearDuke is the place for you. Check it out here.
300 Swift Durham Flats
Distance from Chapel: 0.69 miles
0 bed, 1 bath = $1,025

1 bed, 1 bath = $1,275 - $1,640
2 bed, 2 bath = $1,690 - $2,150

So close to campus, you can even take the C2
  • Duke discount opportunities
Residents of 300 Swift can relax in the heated saltwater pool or watch a film in the private theater. The motto of this complex is "Inside the Lifestyle, Outside the Noise".
Alden Place at South Square
Distance from Chapel: 3.11 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $789 - $849

2 bed, 2 bath = $939 - $1,099
3 bed, 2 bath = $1,336 - $1,410

The convenient location is right in the center of all major business points in Durham
  • Two 24-hour fitness centers
Built in ceiling fans and two clean swimming pools are just some of the perks at this high-end complex that provides easy access to routes 15-501 and I-40.
Distance from Chapel: 1.11 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $1,049 - $1,079

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,390 - $1,429

Easy access to running and nature trails
  • Safety-enhaced gated entrance
Close enough to West Campus to walk but far enough away that it still feels like home, at the Belmont, any Duke student is sure to have a neighbor they know. 
Distance from Chapel: 1.01 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $1,050 - $1,950

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,844 - $3,398
3 bed, 3 bath = $3,240

Location options on Ninth and Main Streets
  • Luxury kitchens with granite countertops
As one of the newest apartment complexes to be built in Durham, the Berkshire has proven to have the little details of luxury that some students are looking for.
Croasdaile Apartments
Distance from Chapel: 2.16 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $700

2 bed, 1 bath = $749 - $790
3 bed, 2 bath = $910

High-end yard areas and manicured landscaping
  • Oversized closet spaces in the bedrooms
Welcome to the Croasdaile neighborhood! This historic area of Durham is home to one of the area's most popular golf course, and this complex has a panoramic view of the green.
Croasdaile Crossing
Distance from Chapel: 2.48 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $785

2 bed, 1 bath = $995

Forget about haggling with Time Warner, when you live here, cable is included the rent
  • Free wireless internet available in the clubhouse
From the spacious patio spaces to the community pool, this complex is great for outdoor living and taking advantage of Durham's wonderful North Carolina weather.
Heights at LaSalle
Distance from Chapel: 1.26 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $1,200 - $1,240

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,585

Nine foot and tray ceilings with double crown molding grace every unit
  • Expansive kitchens with granite counter tops and breakfast bars
Within eyeshot of the medical center, the Heights could not have a better location for many students, though the upgraded interiors here are an equal draw. 
Legacy at Meridian
Distance from Chapel: 6.27 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $700 - $800

2 bed, 2 bath = $900 - $1,200

Spaced directly in between Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 24-hour responsive maintenance team
Love shopping? Then this is certainly the home for you—this complex is mere minutes from the popular mall, Streets at Southpoint. Additionally, it is great for students dividing time between Duke and UNC.
Lofts at Lakeview
Distance from Chapel: 0.97 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $1,280

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,930

More than 20 unique floor plans
  • Computer lab in community clubhouse
The Lofts view themselves as apartment living for the anti-apartment renter. And with offerings ranging from a world-class fitness center to a private movie theatre with stadium seating we can see the appeal.
Parc at University Tower
Distance from Chapel: 2.19 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $855 - $1,160

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,025 - $1,200

As close as to a Super Target as one can live without entering the store
  • Duke discounts available
Just a few minutes away from Duke, this complex certainly feels like a sophisticated option for students looking to live closer to their favorite stores and dining options.
Solis Ninth Street
Distance from Chapel: 1.06 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $1,050 - $1,720

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,885 - $2,325
3 bed, 3 bath = $2,685 - $2,825

Take advantage of the unique vibes of Durham's iconic Ninth Street
  • In house artisanal coffee bar
This brand new complex aims to provide a unique Durham experience unlike any other apartment. From kitchens fit for foodies to green energy certifications, Solis has options for everyone.
Southpoint Village
Distance from Chapel: 1.26 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $900

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,240 - $1,560
3 bed, 3 bath = $1,360 - $1,905

Within 1 mile of Interstate 40 which connects renters to the entire Triangle area
  • Arched doorways and open lofts
Community amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and business center. The complex is directly accessible to both Duke and University of Chapel Hill’s hospitals.
Station 9
Distance from Chapel: 0.84 miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $1,161 - $1,474

2 bed, 2 bath = $1,461 - $2,047

Just steps away from Starbucks, Blue Corn Cafe, Elmo's Diner, Vin Rouge, Local 22 and Parizades
  • Controlled access covered parking garage
This community is within walking distance to a brand new Harris Teeter grocery store and just seconds away from Duke's hospital and campuses making this a great option for a walking fanatic.
Strawberry Hill
Distance from Chapel: 3.55 miles
2 bed, 2 bath = $750

One of the only apartments in Durham that offers flexible lease terms
  • Has a storage space in every unit
This affordable apartment complex was built in 1981. It is two stories high with nearly 200 units.
Team Inc - Erwin Terrace
Distance from Chapel: 0.70 Miles
2 bed, 2 bath = $1,100 - $1,800

Located just a few floors above local restaurants and retail shops.
  • Offers some parking options in private garage
Built in 2004, Erwin Terrace has won awards as the first and one of the finest mixed use developments in the Durham area.
Team Inc - Holly Hill
Distance from Chapel: 1.19 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $580 - $655
2 bed, 1 bath = $645 - $765
3 bed, 2 bath = $770 - $815

Newly renovated and conveniently located makes this complex a steal.
  • Outdoor community picnic and grilling area
Right on the easy to navigate DATA bus line and in walking distance to trendy retail and restaurant destinations, these apartments are perfect for the Durham lover.
Team Inc - Poplar Manor
Distance from Chapel: 0.60 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $725,

Adjacent to a creek and woods, the building design makes for a very quiet and private area.
  • 24-hour maintenance options
This private complex is still within walking distance of West Campus and the medical center. This pet-friendly location will feel like home as soon as you move it. 
The Flats @ 55 Twelve
Distance from Chapel: 4.34 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $850,
2 bed, 2 bath = $920 - $1,425

Complimentary Starbucks Coffee bar in the clubhouse, need we even say more?
  • Over-sized garden tubs in every unit
Talk about living the high life—this place has a playground area with swings and new luxury resort style pool. Community events include gathering at the lounge seating around the fire pit and watching the outdoor television. 
Ticon - Avalon East and West
Distance from Chapel: 2.13 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $650 - $700

Life is worth living when your apartment has a private patio space.
  • Full sized washer and dryer in every unit
If you are looking for a central living location with great access to public transportation to get around the RTP and neighboring regions, this is a great choice!
Ticon - Bradford Ridge
Distance from Chapel: 1.08 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $700

The spacious yard area is perfect for your pre-approved apartment pet
  • Convenient to public transportation
Because it is within walking distance to Duke west campus, some consider Bradford Ridge to be a perfect choice for Duke employees and students.
Ticon - Dupont Circle
Distance from Chapel: 1.71 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $530

You'll never have to worry about paying for gas again. This location is just a few minutes walk from all forms of Durham public transit.
  • Refrigerator with ice maker included
Cozy and affordable: is there anything else a renter could really need?
Ticon - Lenox East and West
Distance from Chapel: 2.57 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $670 - $700,
2 bed, 2 bath = $890,
3 bed, 3 bath = $1045

For your peace of mind, there is a security alarm installed in every unit
  • Vaulted ceilings in the master bedrooms
Safe, spacious and scenic are three of the best words to describe this conveniently located complex. 
Ticon - Pickett Square
Distance from Chapel: 2.27 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $850,
2 bed, 2 bath= $1115 - $1135

Feel like you're living in an Aspen ski chalet without ever leaving Bull City
  • Large kitchen with granite countertops
Get a little chilly on cold winter nights? Well fear not, many of the units here offer real wood-burning fireplaces. Is there anything that could sound more heavenly in the middle of a snow storm?
Trinity Commons
Distance from Chapel: 0.94 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath= $1770
2 bed, 2 bath = $1630-$1950

The fact that you can see a Chipotle from the window inside your actual apartment isn't even the best thing about this building
  • Triangle's first LEED Silver certified apartments
Say hello to outdoor salt water, indoor resistance pool, steam room and sauna. If that sounds like the life you are supposed to be living, Trinity Commons is the place for you. And did we already mention it's right next to Chipotle?
Trinity Properties - Anderson
Distance from Chapel: 1.01 Miles
1 bed = $775-795,
2 beds= $875-$925

For students needing to go to East and West Campuses everyday, there is nothing better than living right in-between the two
  • Idyllic tree-lined neighborhood
These apartments are just as convenient as living on Central Campus without any of the hassle from HDRL. And that isn't even mentioning, that some units have exposed brick interiors!
Trinity Properties - Campus Walk
Distance from Chapel: 1.24 Miles
2 beds = $845-$950,
3 beds = $1150-$1195

With den = $1245

If your apartment doesn't have a balcony, are you even really living? (Maybe, but at this complex, every apartment comes with a balcony.)
  • Completely remodeled
Walk to the Medical Center or hop on the 147 Expressway toward Research Triangle Park. Either way, for many, the convenience of this location can't be beat.
Trinity Properties - Governor
Distance from Chapel: 1.73 Miles
2 beds = $985,

3 beds= $1215

Get ready for some relaxing runs through nature, because one of the best things about this apartment is that it backs up to the Ellerbe Creek Trail
  • Full-sized washing machine and dryer in every unit
Tranquility radiates through the townhouses. From here, it is only a few minutes walk to East Campus surrounded by beautiful landscaping, hardwood trees and Bradford Pears.
Trinity Properties - Governor
Distance from Chapel: 1.58 Miles
1 bed = $825

Surrounded by 40 blocks of tree-lined streets and historic architecture
  • Coded front door for added security
Ever get the urge to relive the glory of the 1920's? While never foregoing the convince of modern technology—like an in-room washing machine, of course. If so, this is the place for you.
Trinity Properties - Murchison
Distance from Chapel: 1.87 Miles
1 bed = $750,
2 beds = $895

A new home nestled among hardwood magnolia and pine trees
  • Updated with refinished hardwood floors
Welcome to Trinity Park! This is Durham's oldest central neighborhood filled with many historic buildings and homes and 40 square blocks of tree-lined streets. 
Trinity Properties - Poplar West
Distance from Chapel: 1.16 Miles
1 bed = $695,
2 bed= $760 - $975,  
3 bed= $950

Step out your private front or back door to beautiful hardwood trees with plenty of yard space for a garden
  • Renovated kitchens with updated cabinets and appliances
These townhouses are great for students and community members looking for a little extra space. In addition to the regal-sounding name of "Poplar West," amenities include trash pick-up and an onsite coin operate laundry facility.
University Apartments and Commons
Distance from Chapel: 0.67 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath = $525-875,
2 bed, 1 bath= $955- $1,060

Not ready to be a real adult quite yet? You can delay the inevitable as long as possible by renting furniture through the complex rather than buying your own
  • Newly renovated
As one of the closest living options to campus—outside of a dorm—the Apartments and Commons are ideal for avid walkers.
West Village
Distance from Chapel: 1.49 Miles
1 bed, 1 bath =$1035 - $1800
2 bed, 2 bath = $1080 - $3550
3 bed, 2 bath = $2150 - $2780
4 bed, 2 bath = $2460

Ready to go out? Well this complex is just a few blocks away from downtown Durham, Brightleaf and Geer St.
  • Offers 5 courtyards and a pool to residents
Nothing screams quirky yet functional quite like an apartment full of exposed brick and lofted ceilings. If you live here, get ready to perpetually be the host. From the great interior to the proximity to downtown, all your friends are going to want to hang out at your place.
Yorktown Club Apartments
Distance from Chapel:1.54 Miles
2 bed, 2 bath= $850 - $990
3 bed, 3 bath = $1,000 - $1340

Located within just a few minutes of not one, not two, but three public bus stations
  • Energy-Star efficient appliances
Have a big dog or just looking for a lot of space? This is the apartment for you. With an on-site dog park and some of the largest apartments in Durham, Yorktown Club has everything you are looking for.
That's all from us, Dukes. The Dirt wishes you happy hunting for your new apartment. Remember, it is never to early to ask to be put on the list—aggressive renters always win. And check out NearDuke.