Life at ADF

ADF strives to provide you resources and amenities for an enjoyable and safe experience, assisting you to the best of our ability and supporting day-to-day life at the festival.

arrival, departure, travel

Arrival and departure

Creative Process Workshop w/ TBA
Check in 10am–12pm on Sunday, June 26
Depart the evening of Saturday, July 2

Educators Workshop w/ Gerri Houlihan
Check in 10am–12pm on Sunday, July 3
Depart the evening of Saturday, July 9

Participants staying in the dorms will check out and return their key to ADF by 11am on departure day.

Late arrival/early departure is not recommended and permitted only on a case-by-case basis. Fees are not prorated for missed program days. Contact the school office at if arriving late or departing early.


Interactive Map of Duke University’s campus and important ADF locations including studios and performance spaces.

Travel Options

  • Car: The ADF summer office is located in the Wilson Residence Hall on Duke University’s East Campus: 
    1320 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27708
    Driving directions
  • Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles from Duke University.
  • Bus: Greyhound and Megabus buses arrive and depart from the downtown Durham station at 515 W Pettigrew St.
  • Train: The Amtrak station is located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St.
  • Car Service: Lyft and Uber provide easy transportation to and from the airport and around Durham.
  • Shuttle Service: Charlene Safe Ride (Brier Creek Taxi & Car Service) is a trusted and economical company that provides a shuttle service to/from the airport and around Durham.


On Campus

The below On-Campus Housing information will be updated in spring of 2022.
Duke University offers a limited number of apartment style dormitory rooms for ADF participants at 300 Swift on Central Campus. 300 Swift is conveniently located between East and West Campus of Duke University and within walking distance of several ADF studios, including the Rubenstein 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 bed, two 2-drawer dressers per person, one desk/table.
  • Living room: couch, chair, coffee table, and entertainment center piece. Most apartments feature a kitchen island with barstools. Studio apartments generally offer a table and four chairs.
  • Kitchen: fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Students must provide their own cooking supplies.
  • Each apartment comes with an in-unit stackable washer/dryer.

Students that select a double dorm will be placed in either a 2-bedroom apartment with four beds or a 1-bedroom apartment with two beds. Students that select a single dorm will be placed in a studio apartment (limited availability). 

Important: Apartment dorms do not have supplies. Students living in the apartments must provide their own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets, etc), linens (towels, etc), and other living supplies. 

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 1-2 weeks.

Many ADF students use the ADF School Housing Collective Facebook page to find roommates to keep expenses low. Students are advised to look for places near Duke’s East or Central Campus, where a majority of classes will be held. Parts of the Trinity Park neighborhood is also walkable to ADF studios. Review this map of summer locations as you research options. ADF is not responsible for off-campus arrangements or agreements.

Additional off-campus housing resources:  Craigslist  |  Off-Campus Duke Housing Resource  |  Airbnb


Find discount codes for ADF’s preferred hotel(s) and car rental service HERE. Your Program Handbook will contain a direct link for hotel booking online with a special ADF discount. Additional local hotel information HERE.


Duke University requires all students with on-campus housing to purchase a meal plan, which is included in the cost of Housing & Meals.

There are various dining options across Duke’s East and West Campus. Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace on East Campus offers on-campus food services for ADF participants and offers a wide range of open hours. The cafeteria features an open-style buffet that focuses on healthy options including a full salad bar, grill items, and rotating international entrees. Students with allergies or food restrictions have adequate meal options. 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. 

Read more about Duke University’s dining: options/locations | menus/hours


2022 rates
Breakfast: $12.00
Lunch: $15.00
Dinner: $18.00

Credit/debit cards and cash accepted. There is an ATM in the building. All meals at the Duke University Marketplace will be taxed at the current local rate of 7.5%.

Off Campus

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

Harris Teeter and Food Lion grocery stores are also located near campus, though some are not within walking distance. 


Physical Therapy

ADF students have access to a Duke University physical therapy walk-in clinic for the duration of the festival. The clinic is located in the same building as the ADF summer offices and is free of charge. Physical therapy is open three days a week for a limited number of hours.

Massage and Acupuncture

A resident massage therapist and acupuncturist specializing in dancer treatment is available to the ADF community at an affordable rate.

Gym Access

ADF students have access to Duke University’s Brodie Gym which features a pool, sauna, and full array of cardiovascular equipment and weights.

Getting around ADF

Parking on campus

For students bringing a car to campus, a daily parking pass can be purchased upon arrival. Note the parking pass only allows students to park on East Campus in designated spots. The parking pass does not cover off-campus paid parking. Parking passes can be obtained on check-in day. ADF is not responsible for parking violations, fines, or vehicle damage incurred while on Duke University’s campus. 

transportation around campus

ADF provides two buses that transport students between classes, performances, and select events. A detailed ADF bus schedule will be provided prior to your arrival. In addition to the ADF buses, the Duke Bus is free and runs regularly around campus. The GoDurham Bus provides transit throughout Durham.  

Bike & E-Scooter Resources
There are a number of bike shops around town that offer bike rentals or bike sales. We recommend the Bike Co-Op or looking on Craigslist/Facebook for the most affordable options. Durham is also host to three electric scooter brands: Lime (green), Bird (black), and Spin (orange). Use these services at your own risk and bring a helmet!