Old West Durham

Hot Spot for Duke Students
Just northeast of Duke University, Old West Durham offers a great living option for any current student looking to make the commute to their classes. Just outside of town lies Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a public garden with a walking path and ponds offering great nature life. The locals of Old West Durham love to go there in their free time, especially when the weather is nice. For those who cook frequently, there is a large Whole Foods and Harris Teeter downtown. Old West Durham has plenty of highly-rated restaurants in the area that locals indulge at. These include Parizade, ZenFish, Cosmic Cantina, Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar, and Vin Rouge.

Old West Durham has a vibrant bar scene. Bars recommended by the locals include Bull Durham Bar, The Tavern, Federal, Arcana Bar and Lounge, and Pinhook. Old West Durham is a great place to live if you are looking to be close to Duke University while also having plenty of destinations in the area to live.
What Old West Durham Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.2
value
7.8
amenities
7.1
social
7.2
management
7.6
Median rents in Old West Durham
Studio
$
1,100
1 Bedroom
$
1,250
2 Bedroom
$
1,330

Living in
Old West Durham

Hot Spot
9th Street
Groceries
Great Restaurants
Small Area
Brodie Gym
Developed
Duke's Fuqua School Of Business
Old West Durham — 8.8/10 Rating (based on 299 neighborhood reviews)
9th Street is a fun, social area for Duke MBA students. It's where a lot of them live, and all of us go out, so it's fun to be in such a social area where all friends are just a short walk away (sometimes not even outside the building!). There are great nice and fast-casual restaurants around too. It's not the cutest neighborhood, but I found it more valuable to be where my future classmates would be living.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Fantastic neighborhood - highly recommend for international students at Duke especially those who do not have their own vehicles. Major grocery stores are within walking distance, with lots of casual dining options in between. Also, Duke's East Campus and Brodie gym are mere minutes away.
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810 Ninth Street
Most MBA students live on 9th street, so location is excellent! A little away from campus, around a 10 minute drive or 30 minute walk.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
It's the place to be to be near the most Fuqua people. I like that there are lots of food and shopping options close by.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Very calm neighborhood. Very convenient with Harris Teeter and many restaurants.
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Station Nine
It is extremely close to a grocery store. It doesn't get better than that.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Everyone lives here, and it's worth living here to make connections.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
I really enjoy this area! There are good restaurants, bars, and stores on Ninth Street. We are walking distance from a Harris Teeter and Duke's East Campus. Lots of people in this area have dogs and I love seeing them walking around. We're also very close to Berkshire 9 and Berkshire Main which are two other apartment buildings. I appreciate this because there are other students nearby to me!
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Station Nine
Neighborhood feels really safe. I lived in 4 places in Durham, to the south of Duke, to the west of Duke, to the North of Duke and Ninth Street. By far the best neighborhood that I lived in is Ninth Street. There are lot's of bars and restaurants at the Walking distance. Also, two grocery stores that offer lot's of whole food choices (Whole Foods, Harris Teeter). Also, Duke Vans go there at night, which is the best when you stay late at school.
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Berkshire Main Street
Tiny "neighborhood" (does this one street even count as a neighborhood?) but has several key institutions, like supermarket, 5-7 nicer restaurants, 2 bars (both dive-y), a Duke store, a Pure Barre, several cute coffee shops, and random hipster shops. Short walk to Whole Foods, Cocoa Cinnamon, and Duke's East Campus (and Brodie Gym).
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Station Nine
Ninth Street neighborhood is great for young adults, including those with spouses/significant others, who want convenient access to restaurants, bars, and a grocery store. It is only a short drive/walk from Duke's campus and downtown Durham. If traveling to Fuqua School of Business, best to drive or catch a ride as the walk is 40+ minutes.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
As far as living on 9th street, the only drawback is that it is far enough from school that the walk is ~40 minutes and the bus takes ~30 minutes so driving is still the easiest/fastest option.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Ninth Street has some great options in walking distance for bars and restaurants. Being able to walk home from Tavern in 5 minutes is worth a pretty big premium alone.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Please see earlier review - but close to 9th street, lots of shops/bars/restaurants (including amazing breakfast spot, Monuts Donuts)! Close to E.K.Powe elementary as well, lots of families and young children surrounding my place, very family friendly!
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Duplex Apartment on 1001 Carolina Ave
This is where the majority of Fuqua students live. If you don’t live here you will still probably come here pretty frequently for social events. It’s waking difference from Tavern and Dain’s which are two bars that Fuqua students frequently go to.
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Station Nine
Really convenient to 24-hr grocery. Hair cuts, gas, restaurants, and bars all within walking distance. Near Duke and the Duke Gardens. Also not too far from driving from Costco and the North Point shopping centers.
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Station Nine
A lot of restaurants nearby
Stores and supermarkets close
Close to Brodie Gym (less than 10min walk)
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810 Ninth Street
It's very nice! There are a lot of restaurants and there's a couple grocery stores close by.
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Blue Light Living
9th Street is probably the best overall neighborhood to live in if you want to be close to school, and within walking distance to bars, cafes, grocery stores and the ups store!
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Solis Ninth Street
Great furnished apartments, full equipped building and shuttle services.
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Blue Light Living
The 9th Street area is definitely where you want to live as a Duke student if you can afford it! All the restaurants and stores are less than a block from the complex.
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Station Nine
Amazing neighborhood! Great restaurants and shops, the grocery store Harris Teeter is right there, and you can walk to both Duke's West and East campuses.
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Station Nine
Perfect for being a Fuqua student! Very convenient walk to all of the 9th Street apartments, Harris Teeter, and Tavern for Tavern Tuesdays :)
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Solis Ninth Street
Neighborhood is awesome - Harris Teeter is across the street and most things you could need are within just a few minutes walking distance.
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Station Nine
It is a great place to live with many apartment complexes that have grad students. It is right by east campus and multiple grocery stores.
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810 Ninth Street
Good choice of local restaurants, but not a ton of variety. Need to go downtown for the good places. But a cute and walkable area.
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810 Ninth Street
You can walk to plenty of things on 9th St. You probably need a car or other transportation to get to campus or downtown Durham.
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Solis Ninth Street
Safe neighborhood with plenty of restaurants/shops, proximity to Harris Teeter, and beautiful greenery for walks and runs.
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810 Ninth Street
Love it! Great little bars and restaurants when you need them. Grocery store across the street. Very friendly people.
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Solis Ninth Street
Excellent if your a graduate student at Duke University. Grocery stores, bars, and restaurants surround the area.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
You can walk to restaurants, bars, and the grocery store. Everything that you need is within a short walk.
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Berkshire Main Street
Comfortable, suburban area. Walking distance to Harris Teeter, some fast-casual restaurants, and a bar (Tavern, where Fuqua students go on Tuesdays). I would def recommend the area if you are a Fuqua student. If you're a working professional, I would prob not recommend the area as it is very sleepy.
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Station Nine
The Ninth Street area is probably the best part of Durham. But it's still lacking if you come from a city like Boston, Chicago, New York. It has a cool vibe and hipster aesthetic (without the pretentiousness or prices) but veers a little bit toward the grungy side.

Also a note on this area, I believe it's very safe compared to the city I come from (Northeast), but you still need to be a sensible person, especially at night. There is crime around here like all metropolitan areas, so just don't be stupid.
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810 Ninth Street
It’s a very safe family friendly neighborhood! We’re close to 9th street and an easy bike to school.
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Duplex
Great, safe neighborhood within walking distance to lots of restaurants and bars.
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Station Nine
Not much to do in this neighborhood, but I wouldn't live anywhere else because this is where most Fuqua students live and I love being conveniently located to B9, S9 and Tavern.
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810 Ninth Street
Fuqua-specific: 9th st is where 70% of the class lives. Always a pregame or group to hang out with. Super easy to carpool with classmates if you don't have a car. Lots of coffee shops and restaurants, 200 feet from Harris Teeter. Only thing missing is decent late night food.
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Beautiful old homes, great restaurants and bars, nearby grocery stores.
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Station Nine
The neighbourhood is great and feels safe. There are a few restaurants around here, but not many options, especially after 8PM/9PM. Two grocery stores (Harris Teeter and Whole Foods) within walking distance which is convenient, and just a 7-minute drive to school!
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810 Ninth Street
Very cute restaurants and love living near Harris Teeter.
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Station Nine
Close to Duke, a couple bars and restaurants and a grocery store within easy walking distance. Plenty of Duke people around. The only reason I didn't put 10 is because aside from Tavern, everything closes really early. Place is a ghost town by 9 p.m.
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Station Nine
The complex is located at the center of the 9th street surrounded by great diners, restaurants and bars. There is also a 24-hr Harris Teeter right in front of the building. The neighborhood is safe and easy to get to Duke and the downtown loop area.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Proximity to grocery store is a huge plus. Like the restaurant scene a lot more since Healthy and Hale opened. Bruggers and Elmos have decent breakfast. Locale 22 is nice if you want a more upscale meal. Overall decent not amazing location.
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Station Nine
Convenient to downtown and school, no highway driving necessary for most needs. The bus route stops at the building as well.
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Berkshire Main Street
Lots of restaurants in walking distance as well as 24hr Harris Teeter. Easy to go on runs from building around East Campus or in nearby neighborhoods. Less than a 10min drive to downtown, campus and Erwin restaurants.
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Station Nine
This i s the place to stay if you're in b-school at Fuqua. Have a family? Try to score a spot close-by. Nearly everything happens around here in the evenings including study sessions and group dinners.
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Station Nine
its a good compromise of proximity to campus and stumbling distance to several bars that we frequent. Don't live south of campus; there's nothing down there and you will have to uber/drive everywhere
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Station Nine
9th street is a the best neighbourhood if you value being close to where the majority of your classmates live. Walking distance to several good restaurants (burger bach, guasaca, juju) and tavern.
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Love living in the 9th Street area. It’s close to all the other popular buildings and a great area for groceries, food and working out outside.
However slightly far from the adult campus.
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Station Nine
I was an undergrad in 2010 and 9th was kinda run down with future promise. 6 years later there's a dozen more restaurants/bars, a new super market, it's super convenient and relatively nice.
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Station Nine
Ninth Street area places me close to all the major transit lines. Near Duke MBA classmates and all of the essentials such as grocery stores,banks, and restaurants. Only 10 min from campus.
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Station Nine
Small decent place with reasonable amounts of restaurants, cafes, and grocery shops.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
It’s nice, but you have to be on your guard at night if you’re a woman and alone.
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Berkshire Main Street
Convenient for Harris teeter and getting to tavern or grabbing a salad at Panera. Ninth street has a ways to go still to offer more desirable dinner options compared to downtown.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Great location in that you are sufficiently close from 9th street (5-minute walk) and all the other buildings but a little farther so you get a more relaxed environment/setting
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Berkshire Main Street
One of the few walkable parts of Durham--close to bars, restaurants, and good living infrastructure (Whole Foods and Harris Teeter) and close to Duke's campus. Good spot.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Close to everything, and a 5-minute drive to downtown! There's a few law students that always live in the apartments behind this one, Berkshire 9th and Station Nine.
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
The neighborhood is great and has almost everything you need within walking or short driving distance including, grocery stores, restaurants and dry cleaners.
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Berkshire Main Street
Most Fuquans live in this area. The Harris Teeter is convenient for walking. 9th Street has a lot of cool stores and restaurants. Easy to get to Fuqua.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Love the 9th street area. Walking to grocery store, restaurants, other businesses, and friends. You're really paying for the social location here.
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Station Nine
The Ninth St. neighborhood is a great area to live - you are within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and other fun places.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Love the neighborhood. Easy walk to grocery store, restaurants, bars, and shops. Much younger neighborhood because of the student population.
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Station Nine
Ninth Street is very walkable, but you'll still need to drive most places other than the Ninth Street bars/restaurants and Harris Teeter.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Harris Teeter, close to Duke, many restaurants / bars on 9th street, close to bars, etc. on Main street. All in all a pretty great area.
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Station Nine
Great neighborhood. Close to Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Monuts, Happy and Hale, Cocoa Cinnamon, and basically everything you need.
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Station Nine
Everything you need is within walking distance: restaurants, grocery store, pharmacy, bars, places to get a haircut, etc.
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Berkshire Main Street
Some places to eat and hang out, close to the brodie gym, east campus and running trail, safe and easy access to campus.
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Station Nine
Great neighborhood with a good mix of graduate students from Duke and people that work in the surrounding businesses.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Neighborhood is great in terms of people (almost everyone lives here) and supermarket and great eating joints nearby
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Station Nine
You're within easy walking distance to stores, restaurants, and other major apartments popular with Fuqua students.
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Station Nine
- Close proximity to classmates

- Close to daily/weekly living needs (coffee, grocery, dry cleaning, etc.)
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Station Nine
Safe, social, within close distance to bus stop and other restaurants and bars and Harris Teeter supermarket.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Pros: Close to campus, safe, near restaurants and grocery
Cons: Lack of reliable public transportation
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Station Nine
The immediate surrounding area seems to be quite safe, but if you go further, it doesn't look that good.
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Station Nine
Best location by far - so many places to walk to and you’re near so many people. Quick drive to school.
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Solis Ninth Street
Right across the street from Harris Teeter (grocery store). Plenty of bars and restaurants on 9th St.
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Station Nine
Bus schedule depends on the day and time you're trying to get to campus, so its variable.

Bus is 6 minute ride to DMP, then ~5-8 minute walk to the engineering quad from there.

To be safe, I take try to leave 30 minutes before I need to be on campus. No bus on weekends, but you can get a free parking pass for the weekends.

Ninth street itself is basically food options, a good midpoint between downtown and campus
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Station Nine
Ninth Street has the best restaurants nearby and could be considered walkable to downtown (20 min).
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Good amount of restaurants and bars nearby, convenient and fun to live near so many Fuqua students
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Station Nine
Great area to walk around, safe, a lot of great places to eat, 5-10 min drive to Duke's campus.
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Station Nine
I came in thinking 9th street would be where all of the action was and while there are restaurants in the area its very quiet.

Downtown offers a much better experience on all levels and is only a few minutes more of a drive. If I had to do it over again I would not live on 9th street.
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Station Nine
most of the class lives here. Walking distance from restaurants and grocery and east campus.
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Station Nine
Good restaurants and bars within walking distance. Having Harris Teeter next door is key.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Durham is small, but ninth street has everything you need. Best area to live in Durham.
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Station Nine
I don't have much to say about the neighborhood. It's relatively quiet and feels safe.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Necessities are walking distance. Downtown is not far by big city person's standards
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Station Nine
I love this neighborhood, it's so cute and full of families. A great place to run.
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2503 Englewood Ave
Close to other MBA students, but would be nice to be able to walk to more places.
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Berkshire Main Street
Close access to Harris Teeter, Happy & Hale, and other apartment buildings.
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Berkshire Main Street
Great neighbourhood. Close to a lot of restaurants and fairly close to Fuqua.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Love it! Great balance between proximity to campus and to shops/restaurants.
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Solis Ninth Street
Right next to harris teeter and several bars. Walking distance from tavern!
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Station Nine
My only experience with the neighborhood is during COVID but it's been nice. Quiet and peaceful with a lot of very mom and pop type stores and bars and a great vibe. It has a reputation of being very social but during COVID it's been pretty low key and has felt very safe.
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Station Nine
Love the walkability of the neighborhood. I have not needed a vehicle.
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Station Nine
Ninth street itself gets a bit too much hype. There are 2-3 good restaurants and a few bars. Namely Tavern, where Fuqua students often frequent, is the main draw in close proximity for many students.

I have never felt unsafe walking at night around the area.
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Station Nine
Has everything! Groceries, bars, coffee, walkable to monuts...
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Where all the MBAs live! Near HT, tavern, flying bull, etc.
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810 Ninth Street
Good location. Lots of other Duke grads live in the area.
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Station Nine
Safe. Lots of little shops. Easy access to grocery shop.
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Berkshire Main Street
Solid restaurants, and Harris teeter next door is legit
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Close to everyone at Fuqua, great restaurants around
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Station Nine
Easy access to the university and walking distance to the main bars and restaurants for graduate students. The one drawback is that it is close to the train so you do hear that roll through during the day and night.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
9th st is where everything is happening
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Access to all you need in yr 1
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Station Nine
Most practical.
Safe.
Convenient.
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810 Ninth Street
Lit!
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Blue Light Living
It is an extremely convenient place to live. It is definitely not a "hip" neighborhood in terms of bar scene, etc. but is unrivaled in access to everything you need for day-to-day living in Durham.
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Station Nine
Because of the thin wall, the relationship can be terrible if one prefers a party and the others prefer quiet Friday/Saturday night. But the space is generally nice. Can walk almost anywhere.
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Many MBA students live in this area. I'm not sure if that is good or bad, or whatever, but for your first year, unless you know what you are getting into, it's the safest choice.
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810 Ninth Street
Great experience living in this neighborhood, it is at the center of everything and very convenient. The rent is absolutely higher due to this location, however.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Rutherford street is not the best street in Durham but it's a safe area. Never felt in danger: this applied also to my wife.
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Berkshire Main Street
I think 9th st is somewhat inflated in price vs the rest of Durham, but that’s a choice I decided was worth it for me.
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810 Ninth Street
the place to be
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Station Nine
The neighborhood is the best.
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810 Ninth Street
Safe, close, convenient, spacious, filled with trees. Lots of parking.
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House
Not much to do, have to drive everywhere. Difficult not having a car
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Station Nine
Close walking distance to grocery stores, bars, and restaurants
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Station Nine
I expected more of 9th street. Everything closes really early
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Blue Light Living
Lots of stuff in area (bars restaurants and supermarket)
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Station Nine
Near other students and good options on Ninth street
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Solis Ninth Street
Good area, lots of food places and grocery stores.
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Station Nine
A lot of food within walking distance
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Everyone very nice
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Berkshire Main Street
Safe and friendly neighborhood
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Station Nine
Good!
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Station Nine
Ninth street is the hub of Duke grad student life
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Very quiet and there are many restaurants around.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Good location
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Berkshire Ninth Street
9th street area is great!
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Berkshire Main Street
Safe and many people live close
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Station Nine
Convenient but sometimes noisy
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810 Ninth Street
For the most part, the neighborhood is safe.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Fun area
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Solis Ninth Street
Ninth street area us everything you need.
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Station Nine
Great neighborhood and very friendly
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Station Nine
Close to HT.
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Station Nine
Lots of great restaurants
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Berkshire Ninth Street
great place to live
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Berkshire Ninth Street
No complaints!
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Station Nine
Great things to do.
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Station Nine
Good. Next to a railroad, so railroad noise.
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Station Nine
Awesome
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913 Rosehill Ave
Close to classmates, school and downtown area
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Anything and everything in walking distance.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Same neighborhood as S9. Great place to be.
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Solis Ninth Street
Good place for grad students.
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Station Nine
Neighborhood is good.
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Station Nine
Close to 9th st restaurants and grocery stores
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Good experience - no issues.
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Solis Ninth Street
Lots of restaurants and bars neaby
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Station Nine
Tons to do around 9th street. Harris Teeter is walking distance, which makes grocery shopping very convenient. The area is pretty heavily trafficked throughout the day, but is never too loud at night. The neighborhood is right across from West Campus, but is around a 5 minute drive from the side of campus with the Law School and Fuqua.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
I have never felt unsafe in my neighborhood, even running by myself at different times of the day. I feel like people are generally kind and friendly, and it is very close to school. It feels very clean and is generally pretty quiet besides the train.
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Berkshire Main Street
It is an excellent neighborhood mostly because of proximity to everything - from your friends, to grocery stores, to your hair shop!
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Station Nine
Convenient location to other students -- it's easiest to catch rides to and from campus from 9th street. There is not good public transportation in Durham, so convenient location to other students and campus is key if you don't have a car. If you don't have a car, I highly encourage you to choose an apartment on 9th street.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Great neighborhood area, with convenient access to stores and restaurants.
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810 Ninth Street
Ninth street area has restaurants, bars and coffee shops they allow gatherings for people with different tastes. It is not as diverse as downtown, but has a wide range of choices. It is super close to west campus and if you like to walk or bike, this can be a great choice.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Lots of students, walking distance to Harris Teeter and some shops.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Best place to live hands down. Next to the supermarket, so many food options and many complexes in the area. Near downtown and Duke. Great if you’re new in town because it is super safe. Perfect if you have a car because the only downside is that depending on what Duke school you’re in it might not be walking distance.
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Station Nine
The 9th street area has grown rapidly in the last few years. There are multiple great restaurants in the area, including Monuts Donuts, Mad Hatters, Happy & Hale, Juju, Burger Bach, and the new Saint & Co. There are two nice grocery stores (Harris Teeter and Whole Foods) within walking distance. I can walk to several coffee shops (notably Joe Van Gogh and Cocoa Cinnamon). I often go on runs or walks around the East Campus loop, which is just two blocks over from 9th street.
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Solis Ninth Street
The 9th Street corridor is really pretty great. You are within walking distance of everything you'd need from a barber and a bank to beer and books. It is probably 5-10% more expensive (between Harris Teeter, apartment, and other shops markup) than other areas of Durham, however it is a great community if you're single and want to socialize.
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Station Nine
The Ninth Street area is a hub of activity. There is a brand new Harris Teeter that anchors a shopping center that includes fast casual restaurants (like Panera) and fancier restaurants (like Juju) along with Pure Barre, SportsClips, and other restaurants and bars. There is also a Whole Foods within walking distance or a quick drive away.

It's also within walking distance of East Campus (including Brodie Gym and the East Campus wall running route) and "The Tavern" which is the primary Tuesday night scene for Fuqua students.

The area is fairly safe and patrolled frequently by Durham Police and Duke Police.
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Station Nine
Ninth Street is super walkable and majority of Fuquans live in the area. Definitely worth it to pay a little more to live in walking distance of so many classmates. Plus the restaurants on Ninth Street are great, and a short walk (~3 mins) to East Campus to use the walking trail!
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810 Ninth Street
One of the better areas to live in while attending Fuqua, 2 grocery stores within walking distance (Harris Teeter and Wholefoods), decent food in the area, and 80-90% of your classmates are in walking distance which makes team meetings off campus a breeze.
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Ninth street is the place to be as an MBA student. Between Station 9 and Berkshire Ninth, the majority of MBA students live at these properties so it's great both for social interaction, but also planning work meetings with your team on the weekend.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Grocery Stores like Harris Teeter and Whole Foods, restaurants like pho and fried chicken, boba tea is a plus haha.
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Station Nine
Ninth street itself is definitely one of the more exciting places in Durham, which is why I chose to live here.
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Station Nine
You're right near a grocery store, tons of restaurants, and a few bars duke law students frequent
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Berkshire Ninth Street
It's where the MBA students live, so it's nice to be near the social scene. It's 2 miles from Fuqua. Grocery stores, restaurants, and Brodie gym/tennis courts are within a 10-min walk.
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Station Nine
Ninth Street is a great location! You are close to a grocery store, really good restaurants, and within a 5 minute drive from campus. My safety has never felt threatened here.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Old West Durham is great! Lots of nice places to run and easy access to tons of great restaurants. There are many students but it doesn’t feel like you’re living on campus.
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611 Hicks St.
The neighborhood feels pretty safe, love the coffee shops
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Living on 9th Street is great! There's a grocery store just steps from my door and many cute restaurants. It's also nearby Duke's Brodie Gym.
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Plently of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Duke's East campus is close-by for runners. Very easy access to downtown Durham.
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Berkshire Main Street
Great neighborhood. Grocery store around, restaurants, bars - everything! Also, 85% of your batch would be living in the ninth street area.
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Station Nine
A lot of bars and restaurants within walking distance. There are 3 main apartment complexes close to each other so easy to socialize.
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Station Nine
There is everything I could ever need right downstairs from my apartment in easy walking distance, and it is very close to campus.
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Station Nine
Best location! 9th street is the place to be. Great walkability to restaurants, bars, and Harris Teeter. Can't recommend enough
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810 Ninth Street
Such a cute, family neighborhood. Tons of trees! Close to school, the highways, and lots of stores. I love living here!
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2503 Englewood Ave
Definitely the hub of social life in Durham for Fuqua students. Very fun place with both single people and couples.
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Station Nine
Lovely neighborhood with all necessary stores for daily life. Quiet in the evening. Great neighborhood to live!
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810 Ninth Street
Good food scene and convenience with the HT. The neighborhood is very walkable and with interesting places.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Neighborhood has been great. Haven't been commuting to school all that frequently for obvious reasons, but takes less than 10 minutes to do so. I can grab everything I need and meet with friends all within walking distance. Durham could use more street lights in general, but in terms of safety, I think 9th street is your best option!
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Station Nine
It's right behind harris teeter (a huge plus to have a 24 hour grocery store right in front of your apartment complex). The neighborhood does tend to get quiet pretty early - the only walking distance things open late are Tavern, heavenly buffaloes, cosmic cantina, and waffle house, but the neighborhood is very safe and has lots of cute stuff for the daytime!
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Station Nine
Meeting people given the current world condition is hard. If you want to be where all the action is, then look no further than Old West Durham. Greater than half of your classmates will live here, making it the easiest way to build a community. Also - try Mi Calvillo for some amazing tacos.
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810 Ninth Street
limited immediately in neighborhood but 24 hour Harris teeter across the street is convenient and most grad students live in the area, which helps with carpooling, group work and socializing. Quick drive to school, Costco, bar/restaurant scenes etc. so far have felt pretty safe.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Nice to be near East Campus and located near other apartments with students.
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Station Nine
Such a cute family-filled neighborhood. There's a lot of trees and plants!
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2503 Englewood Ave Apt B
Perfect family friendly and safe neighborhood! Highly recommend!
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922 Hale St
Overall is a great neighborhood with the essentials very close
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810 Ninth Street
Great places to eat and dring at a walking distance!
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Where most Fuquans live and has the everyday needs
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Station Nine
Close to grocery store, can get rides from classmates, H5 bus stop is very close, van service after 6pm, can service picks up in the front of Fuqua and drops off at the door, all social activities happen in this area, pure barre is close by.
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Station Nine
Close to 24Hr open Harris Teeter supermarket and many other small restaurants (including the famous Heavenly Buffaloes). There have been in the last two years about 4 assault reports that occurred at the Harris Teeter parking lot.
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Station Nine
Haris Teeter walking distance - very convenient. Decent selection of eateries. Also, can walk to Tavern Tuesday!
You can take the shuttle to school (~20-25 min), bike to school (~15min), or walk on a nice day (~30 min).
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Station Nine
It's very convenient to have a grocery store right next door. In addition, there are lots of fun shops, eateries, and bars along Ninth Street. Of course, the close proximity to other complexes is also nice.
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Station Nine
Love it!
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810 Ninth Street
Neighborhood is fine. All the Duke grad students live in the same area so it makes for a pleasant student community, and there are some decent restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.
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Station Nine
The Ninth Street area is great, especially if you're living here as a student. There are plenty of bars and good restaurants, as well as shops for all of your needs (grocery, barber shop, etc.)
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Station Nine
Pros: Lots of Fuqua students; close to nice grocery store (Harris Teeter); walking distance to some restaurants

Cons: Most students drive to school; need to drive to downtown hotspots
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Station Nine
Harris Teeter and Whole Foods are right nearby, and the area feels generally safe. 5 min from the highway if you need to drive outside of Durham. ~10 min to get to the WaDuke/Science Drive.
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810 Ninth Street
The 9th St. neighborhood is great because it is within walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants on 9th St. It could be better if it were closer to Fuqua and/or downtown Durham.
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Station Nine
B9 and S9 - This is where almost all business school students live and if you're single or want to live near where most of the action will be, these two apartments are your best bet.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
9 street is the place to be- everyone is here, there are some restaurants and bars, study rooms in each complex so many team meetings are happening here, and of course the parties!
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Station Nine
The restaurants nearby have been a huge plus. I appreciate having coffee, the grocery store, and East Campus so close. The location is one of the top features for this property.
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810 Ninth Street
All the restaurants around the 9th street area are within 5 mins walk from the complex. The campus is an 8-10 minute drive. Downtown Durham is also an 8-10 minute drive away.
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810 Ninth Street
Great neighborhood! Lots of fun spots to explore, close to Duke East and West campuses, Duke Hospital, and Downtown. Solid neighborhood feel with homes and families too.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Living on Ninth Street is super convenient and I would definitely do it again! Great restaurants in walking distance and usually surrounded by other students.
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Berkshire Main Street
A decent selection of bars and restaurants within walking distance. Close Harris Teeter. Nice that other MBAs live nearby at next-door apartment complexes.
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Station Nine
Great access to transit, dining options, and grocery options with easy access to the Duke main and hospital campuses (through both walking and buses).
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Station Nine
Great place to live for access to restaurants and Fuqua. If I were going to be virtual, however, I would not pay the premium to be on 9th street.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Great neighborhood for Fuqua students due to density of class in the ninth st area. Wish there were 1 or 2 more sports bars in the area though.
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Station Nine
Close to other apartment complexes, literally next door to Harris Teeter and a bunch of restaurants. Close to cute neighborhoods and parks!
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Berkshire Ninth Street
All my favorite restaurants in Durham are nearby, and I've been to a lot of restaurants. Neighborhood feel, cute shops, nice to look at.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Its fine. Nothing special. Just where most of the MBA students stay. Access to grocery store and some shops/eateries on Ninth Street.
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Berkshire Main Street
For MBA students, it's close to where most students live. Close to Whole Foods and Harris Teeter. Close to decent restaurants.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Harris teeter supermarket is expensive but it's 24 hours. There are some selection of restaurants, not as good as downtown
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Station Nine
Harris Teeter makes things convenient, and it's easy to find people to share ubers with since S9 is across the street.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Super convenient! Most Fuquans live in the 9th st area. Walkable to HT, Tav, as well as some good restaurants nearby.
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Station Nine
Within walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, and walking trails on East Campus. 30 minute walk to Fuqua.
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Berkshire Main Street
Good quick food, HT is very close by. Bunch of homeless people on the street in the night, though they seem safe.
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Station Nine
At least half of the class lives in the neighborhood. Plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
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Station Nine
Close to S9, B9, and Harris Teeter. The only disadvantage is that Duke transportation is not as convenient.
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8
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Berkshire Main Street
Lots of great local shops around. Close to multiple restaurants and grocery stores. Lots of panhandlers.
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810 Ninth Street
- Lots of restaurants nearby
- Close to S9 and other apartment complexes
- Close to grocery stores
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9
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Safe and friendly community. Walking distance from great restaurants and bars. Sidewalks for running.
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Solis Ninth Street
I love living near 9th St. and the shops on Hillsborough, and I am also within walking distance to Harris Teeter. If I hit all the green lights, it is also only a 5 minute drive to the law school. Overall, the neighborhood is fantastic, with multiple bars, unique shopping, and also close to Duke's East Campus if you need an emergency way to get to campus/the law school. Additionally, Duke's H bus picks up directly at the apartment - while that won't get you to the law school, that could take you close to campus for yet another backup way to get to school. The apartment itself is a little secluded, which is the reason for an 8 - there has been a little crime nearby so I don't feel 100% safe walking at night alone.
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Berkshire Main Street
Good neighborhood. Near all other MBA's, bars, restaurants, campus is nearby. All you need is here.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
The 9th Street area is pretty well lit and there are always a good number of people milling about.
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810 Ninth Street
The neighborhood is great - a lot of students, Harris Teater, H5 with the route to the university.
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Station Nine
24-hr super market, Ninth Street bars and restaurants, food options, salon, everything you need
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Station Nine
Lots to do - shops, restaurants - also growing and booming. Great place to live as a student.
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Solis Ninth Street
9th street area is where you want to be. Most people who aren't there end up regretting it.
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Berkshire Main Street
It's where 80% of Fuqua folks live and is conveniently located close to a Harris Teeter.
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810 Ninth Street
Plenty of restaurants, Tavern (bar), Harris Teeter (supermarket), and other residences.
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Station Nine
Unless you are coming to Durham with a family in tow, Ninth Street is the place to be.
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Station Nine
Nice restaurants and bars nearby, close to campus, very close to most Fuqua students
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Grocery store across the streat, shops at erwin, all ninth street, close to brodie
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Station Nine
Old West Durham is a great area to live and many locals chose to live there too
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Ninth Street is convenient since a lot of other MBA students live in the area.
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Station Nine
Always feels safe. Proximity to Harris teeter and restaurants/bars is great.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
everything is nearby. restaurants and grocery is 2 min walk. no car needed.
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Berkshire Main Street
Great neighborhood near to Ninth Street and the hospital for easy transit.
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911 Rosehill Avenue, Durham, NC
Close proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and more.
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Berkshire Main Street
Easy to walk to a few fun bars/restaurants. Not far from West Campus
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Solis Ninth Street
It's great for being in close proximity to other Fuqua students.
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Station Nine
Excellent neighborhood. Definitely live around here as an MBA.
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Station Nine
Close to bars, restaurants and other residences (s9, 810)
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9th Street Commons
Close enough to the action, but nice to have some space.
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Private House Rental
Generally speaking, the area near nine street are safe.
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Station Nine
Nearby all the other complexes, without the price tag.
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9th Street Commons
Great restaurants, easily accessible, grocery store
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Station Nine
Overall good neighborhood with a lot of other Fuquans in this apartment and others nearby. There have been some situations with people causing a nuisance outside in the middle of the night once or twice.
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810 Ninth Street
Easy accesibility
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Station Nine
Good neighborhood
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810 Ninth Street
great area
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The Residences at Erwin Mill
Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, restaurants, etc.
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810 Ninth Street
Living on 9th street was supposed to be a big deal but since living here, I don’t understand the hype. The real benefit is living walking distance to a Harris Teeter and the loop for exercise.
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Station Nine
I don’t love the ninth street area, but it’s definitely the most convenient because everybody lives here. Restaurants aren’t great but it’s really the best place to live as an MBA.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Love living among neighbors from all walks of life rather than just students. Location is great but the street gets crowded with street parking and there are few sidwalks.
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N/a
The immediate ninth street area is great, with tons of great restaurants. At night the area can get a little bit sketchier but I’ve never felt unsafe.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Ninth street has a lot of great things to offer, less during COVID but new businesses and bars are opening up outdoor space.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Silent. It would be good when you stay inside, and it would be bad when you would like to throw a party.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
9th Street area is great.
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810 Ninth Street
I'm a fan of the social environment
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Station Nine
Close to harris teeter and nineth street. 10-15 mins to bike to fuqua.
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Station Nine
Where most of Fuqua is. I can always hang out with my classmates.
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Solis Ninth Street
Good neighborhood that is close to school and downtown Durham.
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Station Nine
Close to everything you need and quick bike ride to campus
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9th Street Commons
Many restaurants and a few bars within walking distance
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Station Nine
Beautiful neighborhood near S9 and Cocoa Cinnamon.
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1001 Alabama Ave
Neighborly
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1021 Carolina Ave
Very walkable with everything in reach!
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9
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Much safer than other areas in Durham
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Blue Light Living
Excellent neighborhood
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9
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810 Ninth Street
Good restaurants, college town type vibe
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Station Nine
Awesome
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Station Nine
Fuqua lives on 9th St
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Berkshire Main Street
fun, convenient
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Fun area to hang out.
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8
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9th Street Commons
Great if you want to be close to your classmates
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Convenient
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Station Nine
Close to groceries, restaurants, shops.
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7
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Berkshire Main Street
Ninth street is a great place to live
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Station Nine
Family Friendly
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2629 Lawndawn Ave(Home)
Good places to go and to eat, very safe
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Very convenient
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Berkshire Main Street
Great location
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Station Nine
Teets and happy and hale. All you need.
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Station Nine
Close to everything
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Station Nine
There are restaurants walking distance
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Station Nine
Great place to be. Close to bars and Tavern.
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Berkshire Ninth Street
This neighborhood has everything you need!
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Station Nine
Proximity to Harris Teeter is a definite boon!
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Station Nine
Great area to live
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9th Street Commons
good neighborhood
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Great walkability and nearby many people
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Berkshire Ninth Street
Cool fun area, hub of the Fuqua social scene
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Berkshire Main Street
Safe neighbourhood
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Station Nine
9th street is cool
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Station Nine


Getting to Know
Old West Durham

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Fulton St to Broad St
North to South Boundaries: W Club Blvd to Durham Fwy
dining
Bruegger’s Bagels
Devil's Pizzeria
Local 22
Mad Hatters
The Palace International
Vin Rouge
grocery
Food Lion
Harris Teeter
Whole Foods
fitness
Maitland’s Method
parks
Oval Park
coffee
Ninth Street Coffee Shop
Starbucks
bus
400/405 (bus)
BCC (bus)
H2 (bus)

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