Check out this good tip for those newly arriving to Durham.
Here's a good move-in tip. I'm not taking time to make it look pretty though - Thanks Nicky
This is a good source of information. By filling out their relocation
survey, you can receive the following by mail:
1) New Resident guide - a good one with lot of useful information
2) List of apartments
4) Health Care services
5) Moving storage and relocation services
Mary sent this checklist for those
arriving in Durham. Thanks Mary S ('05).
- Unpack - Unpack your boxes, do not leave this for once
school starts. You will want to have fun during Orientation and
ILE so do your unpacking prior to the festivities.and don't leave
it for your live-in significant other to do. He/she may resent
you for having fun without them and leaving the grunt work for
- Fill out Immunization Form - Fill out the Duke required
immunization form if you have not already done so. You may find
that you have to receive some additional shots so try to get that
done as soon as possible. Although, if you get it done at the
Student Health Center it is free, but your coverage (via the mandatory
health fee even if you have private insurance) is not effective
until the first day of Orientation I believe.
- Schedule installs - Call all vendors to come to your
house/apartment for phone, high speed Internet, etc. because they
will give you an 8 AM - 12 PM or 1 PM - 5 PM window of when they
will come and sometimes they are not on time so you will need
a full day sometimes to wait for them. Schedule this now so you
can get the exact date you want.
- Purchase parking permit - Register
for permits for on-campus parking www.parking.duke.edu
Permits should be delivered to your lockers by Orientation week.
Your walk to class will be approximately 5-15 minutes depending
on where you park and if you are able to catch the parking lot
shuttle bus. If you park in the 751 lot (mostly 2nd
years), you will not need the shuttle and your walk will be about
5 minutes. If you park in the Green lot, then it can be up to
15 minutes. The Green lot is much cheaper than 751 (in 2005, $102 as opposed
to $240), but you may have to walk a bit.
- Shop for school - backpack, notebooks, binders, clothes,
- Backpacks - If your locker is downstairs (½
of 1st years are downstairs and ½ are upstairs),
you may not go to your locker that much, instead you may carry
all of your books for the day in your backpack, so make sure
it has enough room for at least a couple of good sized binders
and a notebook, daily planner etc.. You have plenty of time
during the 15 minutes breaks to go to your downstairs locker,
but most people do not go to their locker if it is downstairs
because they rather use their time to get something to eat,
check email, speak to the professor, etc.
Ladies - I do not use a purse for school, instead
I put everything I need in my backpack. It is just easier
for me and that is what I have found most female students
- Notebooks - You do not take too many notes in
a notebook (some people take none) because the professor hands
out notes in the form of PowerPoint so most people write on
that. I used my notebook for problem sets (i.e. Statistics and
Finance) and also for any notes I did not want to write on the
notes itself like mid-term and final exam logistics and study
- Binders - You will need binders for your course
packs. You can buy them at school when you buy your course packs,
but they are more expensive and they are nothing special (plain
white that says Duke - Fuqua School of Business). I liked to
get different colors so I can easily identify the different
course packs. Buy the medium sized binders if you want to put
one course pack in there, or the large ones if you want to put
more than 1 course pack in. I find it easier to split it up
so I do not have to handle such bulk when I only want to access
the course pack for one class. I reuse the same binders each
- Clothes - It is a hot summer this year! Temperatures
have been in the 90s with over 90% humidity. However, my experience
was that the classrooms were usually cold. I suggest having
a sweatshirt or sweater with you at school in case you get cold
to wear over your light clothing. It will be warm up through
the end of October and still be in the 70s maybe 80s in November.
The winters average in the 40s and 50s F (almost always above
freezing) with a couple of snowstorms of little accumulation.
It will then start getting warm again in March.
- Buy textbooks - I will be limited in offering my opinion
on what textbooks you need to buy and which you do not, just because
it may differ from person to person, so I will just give you the
facts. You should be able to get a better price for these books
online than in the Duke bookstore for the same book. The current
second years caught onto that by Term 2. Also, you may have to
check if these are still the books being used before you buy them.
If so, order them online early as it may take a couple of weeks
to ship (some come from Asia as it is VERY cheap to buy from there
- about 80% off, the paper is just of lesser quality). The books
ordered from the U.S. should be the same paper quality as at the
Duke Bookstore and still cheaper than Duke. In the Duke Bookstore,
in 2005, textbooks range between $40 for a new soft cover all the way up
to $120 for a brand new hardcover. The used prices are anywhere
from 10-30% off of the regular price.
- Buy a suit and formal shoes - The company information
sessions start during the second week of school so buy/dry clean
your suit and purchase/shine your shoes (no open toe shoes for
women although females wear them anyway) so you can be ready.
Many of the information sessions are business casual, but some
are formal. You will need a suit for interviews anyway, so buy
it now so you have it for both.
- Duke ID Card - Obtain Duke ID card from the Bryan Center
Duke ID Card Office for students and their spouses (spouses will
need the ID Card to go to the Duke gym and also to sit in the
graduate student section for sporting events). Other significant
others that are not spouses are not eligible for a Duke ID Card
unless the rules have been modified. The Duke Gym, called the
Wilson Center, is included in the recreation fee for all Fuqua
students, but spouses must pay $30 per semester (August-December,
- Submit ILE survey and all other requirements - Doing
this will make your ILE experience more enjoyable and useful.
- Update ACES website information - Update addresses, insurance
decision, etc. online
- Perform computer setup - Mulberry, McAfee antivirus download,
firewall download, VPN software which is needed for access from
home AND wireless access at Fuqua
- Get NC license and registration -Do this only if you
are planning to switch your license and registration to NC. This
is not required as you can keep your current state license and
registration if you like, but just remember some states require
you to come back to that state for the yearly inspection which
can be a huge inconvenience. Check with your state before you
make your decision. See if there is something special for temporary
residents such as graduate students.
- Purchase cell phone/change service - You will find that
not all cell phone providers work in the business school building.
I know Verizon works very well on a consistent basis. I had AT&T
when I first arrived and I switched after 1 month to Verizon and
I have been very happy with my service. I am not sure what other
cell phone companies work well, but I do know that AT&T does
not unless they have improved. Verizon has plans that have unlimited
Verizon to Verizon minutes, so you can talk to your business school
friends for free if enough people sign up!
- Get ready for campout - Camping out for basketball tickets
is happening very early in the year this year so some of things
you can do to get ready is:
- Reserve your RV/UHAUL early
- Bring any kind of deck chairs, card tables, etc. to Durham.
If you have it where you are coming from, bring it. If you already
have it here do not put it too far out of reach. You will need