Housing, Meals & Travel

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! 


On Campus

Duke University offers a limited number of apartment style dormitory rooms, 300 Swift on Central Campus, for ADF participants. 300 Swift is conveniently located between East and West Campus of Duke University and within walking distance of several ADF studios, including the Rubentstein Arts Center. It is within walking distance of grocery stores and several restaurants. 

300 Swift offers apartment-style living with a variety of amenities such as washer/dryer and kitchen in each apartment. Other community amenities include: 24-hour fitness center with yoga studio, dual private conference/study rooms, game room, saltwater pool, bike storage, outdoor grilling kitchen, gas and charcoal grills, and a parking garage. Each apartment comes equipped with the following:

  • Bedroom: XL twin or full mattress and bed, 2 2-drawer dressers per person, one desk/table.
  • Living room: couch, chair, coffee table, and entertainment center piece. Barstools will be provided for apartments with the kitchen islands (most apartments). For those apartments without kitchen islands (normally studios), a table and four chairs will be provided.
  • Kitchen: fully equipped kitchen; however, students must provide their own supplies for cooking. 
  • Each apartment comes with a stackable washer/dryer within the unit.

Students that select a double dorm will be placed in either a 2-bedroom apartment with 4-beds or a 1-bedroom apartment with 2-beds. Students that select a single dorm will be placed in a studio apartment (limited availability). Students living in the apartments may either provide their own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets, etc) and linens (towels, etc) or they may rent linens for the week during their workshop.

Students living on-campus will receive information regarding their specific housing prior to arrival. 

IMPORTANT: All students living in the dorms are not required to purchase the Conference Food Points. More information about the points can be found in the FOOD section below.


Click here for information regarding the official ADF season hotel and car rental company, which provides discounts to festival participants. 

Click here for information regarding local hotels. 

Off Campus

DPW 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, Central campus, or Trinity Park, 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


conference food points

All students have the option to purchase Conference Food Points.

Students living in on-campus or off-campus housing have the option to purchase nonrefundable Conference Food Points in increments of $25 to use in Dining facilities across Duke University’s campus. Conference Food Points is a declining, nonrefundable dining plan that is redeemable in all Duke University dining facilities, including the East Campus Marketplace and Trinity Café, as well as any dining facility on West Campus. 

Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace on East Campus is one location that offers 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. 


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

2019 rates

Breakfast: $12.65

Lunch: $16.65

Dinner: $18.10

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%. Anyone who purchases meals using cash or flex/conference food points will be taxed in addition to the per-meal cost.

Off Campus

A 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 and Food Lion grocery stores are also located near campus, although some are not within walking distance. 

Getting to and from durham

Arrival and departure

Participants should check in between the times of 10am to 12pm on the Sunday of their selected week, and depart by the evening on the following Sunday. If the participant is staying in the dorms they will need to check out of the dorm and return their key to ADF by 11am on the last Sunday of their selected week.  

*Late arrival/early departure: It is not recommended to arrive late or depart the festival early, however, it will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Fees will not be pro-rated if a student misses days during the workshop. Please contact the school office if a student will be arriving late or departing early.

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 Wilson Dorm on Duke University’s East Campus. The address that works best with a GPS is 1320 Campus Dr. Durham, NC 27708. 

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. 

Car Service: Lyft and Uber provide easy transportation to and from the airport and around 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. 

Getting around ADF

Parking on campus

For those students wishing to bring a car to campus, daily parking passes can be purchased, price TBA. Please note that the parking pass only allows students to park on East Campus or Central 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 during check-in on campus. Note: all parking violations obtained on campus during the festival are the responsibility of the driver. ADF takes no responsibility for any fines.

Biking on Campus

Various bicycle resources are available in Durham to help you get around quickly, environmentally consciously, and cheaply. Local resources that have bike rentals or affordable bikes for sale, including two new bike sharing companies: