When you study at Duke, you join the Duke Family. As a community we support each other and our loved ones. These resources are available to graduate students and their families:

Child Care

Parents at Duke have access to quality child care through the Duke Child Care Partnership (DCCP).

Participating child-care enters offer priority placement to Duke families. Partner centers must maintain a four- or five-star license and be in good standing with State of North Carolina regulators and the Child Care Services Association. To participate, Duke families contact participating facilities directly to apply for available openings.

Click here to see a list of participating child-care centers.


A spouse of graduate students may obtain a Duke ID card allowing access to recreational facilities, athletic events and other specified campus locations and activities. To obtain a card for a spouse, go to the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Guest Account website. A small fee applies.

The Duke International House welcomes all relocating spouses and partners, both International and U.S., male or female, to their support network which includes a mailing list and events.


On-campus housing does not allow pets except for fish. If you have pets, be sure to find off-campus housing that allows them. Dogs can be walked on a leash on campus. Durham and neighboring communities have dog parks and there are many great hiking trails near the Duke campus and throughout the region.