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! 


DPW students have the option of staying in an air-conditioned dorm room on Duke University’s East Campus or may choose to stay in a nearby hotel. 

Dorm Rooms

Duke University offers a limited number of dormitory rooms on Duke University’s East Campus for ADF participants. Dorms are secured buildings and the most convenient of all housing options. DPW participants will have the option of living in a single or double air-conditioned room. 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 over the age of 18 will be in a separate dorm from students under the age of 18. Please note: all dorm residents are required to purchase DPW Dining Points.

Please note that bedding and linens are not provided. DPW participants have the option of renting a linen pack for their time at ADF. Linen rentals include 1 flat sheet (twin), 1 fitted sheet (twin), 1 pillow and 1 pillowcase, 1 blanket, 4 towels and 4 washcloths. The linen rental may only be used in Duke University dormitories. 


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 dorm residents are required to purchase Conference Food Points; however, this service is 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.

Conference Food Points are required for any participant living in the dorm. DPW Conference Food points begin at a 30-point a night minimum, with the option to purchase additional points. 1 point = $1. Dining points are a declining cash balance, which allows participants to eat on a pay-per-meal basis at select campus dining facilities. There are no refunds for unused points. After June 14, dining points 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.

2019 rates to be announced!

2018 rates

Breakfast: $12.30

Lunch: $16.15

Dinner: $17.55

Debit/credit cards and cash 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 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: DPW Workshop for educators

At the start of the week, check-in will take place in the morning at ADF’s Summer Office on Duke University’s East Campus. An orientation and social gathering will take place in the early evening.

Participants should plan to depart either that following Sunday evening or Monday morning. 

Arrival and departure: DPW workshops (Other)

Participants should check in by 12 noon 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 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, 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 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: