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Old 07-02-2010, 10:12 PM
 
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Hello,

I am moving to Durham soon as a graduate student and I am looking for a place to live. Does anyone know of a decent apartment complex close to Duke that would be safe and in the $500-600/month range? Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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I'm a fellow Duke grad student. The convenience of being close to Duke would be nice but I find that living six miles away only takes about fifteen minutes to drive, twenty minutes from my door to be inside my lab. With that in mind, I would suggest you broaden your search to areas around Southpoint. The areas surrounding Duke are hit or miss in terms of safety and charge a premium for the proximity. For specific apartment complexes, GPSC and Duke have a database with up to date reviews of all the places grad students have lived in the area, check their websites. Avoid anything with Duke in the name eg duke manor, duke villa
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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Check out Colonial Village at Deerfield. I lived there in 2006-07 and loved it. It's really close to Duke and very quiet as it is in Duke Forest. Lots of grad students and professionals. I never had any problems or heard of any problems when living there. It's close enough many people biked or took the bus to Duke. They are older apartments as they were built in '83 I believe, so there may be maintenance issues, although I never had any. Management at the time was very nice and helpful.

Find Durham apartments and homes for rent in the RESEARCH TRIANGLE area at Colonial Village at Deerfield.
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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Duke University | Student Affairs | Community Housing (http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/communityhousing - broken link) hope it helps -b
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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There are definitely safe, decent apartments not in complexes and close to Duke. Look on Craigslist and on the Duke Community Housing website. Sometimes it's nicer to rent from an individual, than from an impersonal complex rep. IMHO
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