Commencement Weekend
May 11 - 13, 2018

Where to Stay

Lodging in Durham

Durham offers over 60 diverse lodging options. These include downtown hotels close to the city's center, more rustic bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. Commencement Weekend 2017 is May 12 – 14. We strongly recommend making reservations well in advance. Room rates often differ over commencement weekend, and many hotels require three-night minimim reservations.

The Durham Convention and Visitors' Bureau (at 800-446-8604) is a valuable resource for finding lodging in Durham. To find lodging options near Duke's campus, filter by the following regions:

Downtown Area

Downtown Durham is a historic and vibrant area with many restaurant and entertainment options including the Durham Bulls and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

W Central Durham, including Duke

West Central Durham includes the university as well as the surrounding areas including Old West Durham neighborhoods like Trinity Park. Ninth Street and surrounding shopping streets offer many local retail and coffee shops and Durham resturants.

SW Durham, including Southpoint

Southwest Durham is a more suburban part of Durham, closer to Chapel Hill. It includes a shopping mall, The Streets at Southpoint, and is only several miles from Jordan Lake.

SE Durham, including RTP and NCCU

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest research parks in the United States. It is home to over 200 companies and is a leader in scientific research. The RTP district is located in Durham and is approximately equidistant between Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Between Duke and RDU Airport

Cambria Suites - (919) 361-3311

Comfort Inn RTP - (919) 361-2656

Courtyard Marriott Durham Research Triangle Park - (919) 484-2900 or (888) 236-2427

Four Points by Sheraton Raleigh Durham Airport - (919) 380-1221

Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center - (919) 941-5050 or (888) 236-2427

Marriott at Research Triangle Park - (919) 941-6200

SpringHill Suites (Marriott) Raleigh-Durham Airport/RTP - (919) 998-9500 or (888) 236-2427

Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh Durham/Research Triangle Park - (919) 941-6066

Durham's Newest Hotels

21 C Museum Hotel is a contemporary art museum in downtown Durham that doubles a hotel.

The Durham Hotel opened in July 2015. It is in a converted historic Durham building in the heart of downtown.

Aloft Durham Downtown is a modern hotel that opened September 2015. It is located downtown next to the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Residence Inn: Duke University Medical Center opened in the summer of 2015 and is directly next to Duke East Campus.

The Washington Duke Inn

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club accepts accommodation request forms beginning in January of the year prior to commencement. 

Chapel Hill

The town of Chapel Hill offers more nearby lodging, dining and attractions that can be explored on their website.