Housing, Travel, & Meals

Carving out time and traveling from all over the world to North Carolina can be a big undertaking. We strive to provide resources and amenities that will make the ADF experience enjoyable and safe, assisting each student and their unique situation to our best ability. ADF students have a range of housing and meal options at Duke University and in the immediate Durham area. Both ADF and Duke have designed services to provide ease in the day-to-day festival experience. This allows students to focus on the most important thing… DANCING!  

all information below references 2017 rates and policies – check back in december 2017 for 2018 details!



Duke University offers a limited number of dormitory rooms on East Campus for ADF participants. Dorms are secured buildings and the most convenient of all housing options, although they are not the most economical option. Dorms come equipped with a bed (42″ high off ground, extra long twin), dresser, desk, bookshelf, chair, and closet. All residents in the dorms will share bathrooms, kitchens, and common rooms with other ADF participants. Students living in the dorms must provide their own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets, etc) and linens (towels, etc). 

IMPORTANT: All students living in the dorms are required to either purchase the Meal Plan or Dining Points. More information about the meal plan and dining points can be found the in FOOD section below. 

Micro-fridge rental
Each dormitory has only one communal kitchen, which includes a stove, microwave, and regular sized fridge. Space is limited within the communal fridge, so we encourage all students to take advantage of the micro-fridge rental opportunity. Each Micro-Fridge includes a freezer and a microwave. The total cost for the Micro-Fridge summer rental is $82.95 (includes an insurance fee). Click here to reserve your Micro-Fridge for the summer

Off Campus

Summer Dance Intensive students may choose to find their own off-campus housing. Off-campus housing is a cost-effective way to live at ADF for five weeks. Many ADF students use the ADF School Housing Collective Facebook page to find roommates, which will also help to keep expenses low. When searching for off-campus housing, students are advised to look for places near Duke’s East campus, as the majority of classes are held there. The ADF is not responsible for any off-campus arrangements or agreements.

Off-campus housing resources:  Craigslist  I  Duke Community Housing  I  Air B&B


check back for 2018 specifics in december 2017!

All dorm residents are required to either purchase the Meal Plan or Dining Points; however, these services are optional for off-campus residents.

Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace will provide on-campus food service for ADF participants. The cafeteria features an all-you-can-eat style buffet, with a focus on healthy options such as a full salad bar, grill items, and rotating entrees from around the world. The wide variety of food offered ensures that students with allergies or food restrictions have adequate options for their meals. The East Campus Union also features the Trinity Cafe, open for select hours during the summer and serving coffee shop-style food and beverage items. 

Meal Plan

The Meal Plan consists of 33 total breakfasts, 33 total lunches, and 33 total dinners. Please note that this does not cover all meals during the festival. There are no refunds for unused meals. After June 15, meal plans cannot be cancelled, refunded, or transferred. 


All students and visitors have the option to eat in the East Campus Union Marketplace on a pay-per-meal basis.

2017 rates (2018 rates TBD)
Breakfast: $11.90
Lunch: $15.60
Dinner: $16.95

Credit/debit cards, cash, and Flex accounts will be accepted at the Marketplace. There is a Wells Fargo ATM in the building.

A note about food tax at Duke University: All meals at the Duke University Marketplace will be taxed at the current local rate of 7.5%. Students who have purchased a Meal Plan have the tax included in the overall cost. Anyone who purchases meals using cash or flex will be taxed in addition to the per-meal cost.


Whole Foods grocery store is located directly across the street from East Campus, with an extensive salad/hot bar and to-go section. 9th Street, approximately 2 blocks from East Campus, features a number of cafes and restaurants. Downtown Durham also features an extensive array of restaurants and dining options. 

Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Kroger grocery stores are also located near campus. ADF will provide van trips on weekends to grocery stores for students without cars. 


Health Insurance

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for obtaining adequate coverage on their own. Proof of coverage must be provided before arrival. Students will not be allowed to take class until the ADF School office had their insurance information on file – no exceptions!

Duke University Student Health Center

For basic health needs that can be taken care of in a clinic, Duke University allows ADF students the option to pay a Student Health Center Fee and take advantage of the outpatient services on campus. Examples of services provided include medical care for illnesses and minor injuries, medication dispensed by the Center’s pharmacy for short-term treatment of acute problems, and basic laboratory services. This fee does NOT COVER emergency room or hospital visits. Please note that purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. 

Physical Therapy

Participants will have access to a Duke University physical therapist walk-in triage clinic for the duration of the festival. The physical therapy clinic is conveniently located in the same building as the ADF offices, and is available to all ADF participants free of charge. Physical Therapy is usually open for a limited number of hours, three days a week, and primarily exists to assist students injured while at the festival. 

Massage and acupuncture

A resident massage therapist and acupuncturist will be available to the ADF community, offering affordable care with a specialization in treatment for dancers. 


Tickets to ADF Performance Series

An essential component of the student experience during the summer is the opportunity to see an exciting array of programs featuring companies representing both the established greats and the cutting edge in modern dance. Summer Dance Intensive students receive a complimentary ticket to one performance by each visiting company in the Reynolds Industries Theater and Durham Performing Arts Center ADF performance series

Personal rehearsals and making work

ADF encourages students to take advantage of the creative energy, faculty mentors, and available resources of the festival while in residence. Students will have access to studio spaces, portable stereos, and a limited costume shop during the five-week festival. ADF provides a range of opportunities for students to make and show their own work in a variety of classroom, informal, and formal settings.

Academic Credit

Academic credit application deadline: 2018 Date TBD.

Academic credit is available to qualified high school graduates or rising high school seniors. Duke University records undergraduate academic progress in terms of course credit. For purposes of transfer, a full course load (3 classes plus WFSS) is equivalent to a total of eight semester hours or two course credits. Credit for work completed is subject to the approval of the student’s institution’s registrar or admissions officer. Individuals who have completed all requirements for the BA or BS degree may request advanced-level credit. Students enrolled in Duke Summer Session for academic credit may request one or more copies of their official transcript from Duke University, not ADF, upon successful completion of their course work. A $40 transcript fee will be charged to any student who wishes to receive academic credit. This one-time fee allows students to receive academic credit for any future year that they attend ADF, along with unlimited free copies of their Duke University transcript. All students (whether applying for academic credit or not) are able to receive a certificate of attendance issued from ADF. 

Flex Account

Participants in the Summer Dance Intensive have the option to add funds to their Flex account, either in addition to the ADF Meal Plan or alone. This is a declining balance account to which funds may be added at any time during the student’s time on campus. The Flex account can be used in the East Campus Union’s Marketplace, East/Central Campus stores, vending machines, and laundry facilities—greatly reducing the need to carry cash. Beginning June 14 (check-in day) participants may add funds to their flex account at Lilly Library using cash only. Refunds will be processed by the DukeCard Office in September 2018. Refunds will not be available for balances under $5.00.


Traveling to ADF

Map of Duke University’s campus and ADF studios (2 pages, please scroll down).

By Car: The ADF summer office is located in Epworth Dorm on Duke University’s East Campus. The address that works best with a GPS is: 2 Epworth Lane, Durham, NC 27708. Driving directions.

By Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University.

By Bus: Greyhound buses arrive and depart from the station located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham. 

By Train: There is an Amtrak station located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St in Downtown Durham. 

Shuttle Service: Charlene’s Safe Ride is a trusted and economical company that provides a shuttle service to and from the airport and around Durham. 

Parking on campus

For those students wishing to bring a car to campus, a five-week parking pass can be purchased, price TBA. Please note that the parking pass only allows students to park on East Campus in designated spots. The parking pass does not cover Duke University’s West Campus or off-campus parking. Parking passes can be reserved through the ADF office prior to arrival and picked up on check-in day. 


The ADF School welcomes and encourages students from around the world to apply to the Summer Dance Intensive. International students enhance the ADF community and contribute to the education and personal growth of fellow students and faculty. Over the years, ADF has hosted students from many countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Trinidad, to name just a few. 

Student J1 Visa

ADF is able to submit a DS2019 form for international students who wish to obtain a J1 visa. This J1 visa will only cover the dates of the six-week festival. All students are responsible for all other steps involved in obtaining a J1 visa beyond the DS2019.

If a foreign student requires assistance for obtaining a visa, a $125 fee will be added to their bill. This fee must be paid even if the visa application is not approved. This fee only covers ADF processing and will not cover additional visa fees incurred from the US government. Students must pay all other fees directly to their local US Embassy.

International students who need a visa to attend ADF should email school@americandancefestival.org EARLY so that the visa is obtained in a timely manner. Visa appointments may need to be booked as early as three months in advance of the festival.