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 the best of our 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. These resources 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 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 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 (stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher); 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 must provide their own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets, etc) and linens (towels, etc). 

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

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 or Central campus, as the majority of classes are held between those two areas. Please review this map of summer locations as you look for off-campus housing. The ADF is not responsible for any off-campus arrangements or agreements.

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


Duke University does not require our students to purchase a meal plan since 300 Swift has a fully equipped kitchen in the apartment.

There are various dining options across East and West Campus on Duke University. Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace on East Campus is one location that offers on-campus food service for ADF participants, and it is open a wide range of hours to service various camps that stay on-campus. 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. 

To read more about the Duke University dining options, visit their website to learn about locations and hours.


2020 rates

Breakfast: $13.00

Lunch: $17.15

Dinner: $18.65

Credit/debit cards and cash will be accepted at the Marketplace. There is an 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 card 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. 

Getting to and from durham


Students should plan to arrive on Thursday, June 18 between 10am-2pm. Early arrivals will not be allowed into the dorms. (The only exceptions to this are work-study students and stagecraft apprentices who are required to arrive early). Late arrivals will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Fees will not be prorated for students who arrive at the festival late. Please contact the school office if you are unable to arrive on June 18.


All students should make their departure travel plans for Sunday, July 26. The last day of classes will be Saturday, July 25. Students should not leave the festival early, as many class showings take place on the last Friday and Saturday of the festival.  Please contact the school office if you need to leave the festival early.

Opening DAYS

Check-in will be held on June 18 from 10am-2pm, followed by student orientation in the afternoon and the opening night performance. There will then be three days set aside (Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 21) for additional orientations, samples classes, repertory and Footprints auditions and callbacks, faculty advising, and class registration.


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

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. 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 and Megabus 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, 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 any off-campus parking that may involve costs. Parking passes can be obtained on check-in day. ADF is not responsible for any parking violations or fines received while on Duke University’s campus. 

transportation around campus

There are various ways to get around campus that are an alternative to driving a car, and several ADF studios and spaces are within walking distance of one another. 

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 runs regularly around campus and is free to anyone. Locally, the GoDurham Bus can be taken to travel throughout the city of Durham.  

Bike & E-Scooter Resources
There are a number of bike shops around town that offer bike rentals or bike sales. We recommend checking out 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). Please use these at your own risk and bring a helmet!