MMS: DKU Campus Life | Durham NC & Kunshan China

Campus Life in the US & China as an MMS: DKU Student

When you join the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University program, you can enjoy the best of two campuses in two countries — Duke's Fuqua School of Business in the US and Duke Kunshan University in China — each campus boasting state-of-the-art facilities for both work and play. Your experience as a MMS: DKU student involves a balance of academics, career development and social activities with your classmates and other students. You can be sure your unique campus life experience in both the US and China will be one you will value for years to come.

Life in Durham, NC

Duke's Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, isn't just the location for your US residency; it's your home. Located in the center of the state between beautiful mountains and sunny beaches, Durham offers the best of city, suburban and rural living. Here, you can find a bustling downtown area, convenient suburban shopping, and the serenity of Duke Forest.

Rated one of the United States' most liveable areas and hottest places for business by Money, Fortune, Forbes, Entrepreneur magazines and others, the Triangle metropolitan area is home to more than 1.3 million people. Durham is part of central North Carolina's Research Triangle Park area, a 7,000-acre development the features more than 150 companies — from Fortune 100 multinational operations to innovative start-ups. It is also one of the most well-educated areas in the US, with one of the highest PhDs-per-capita, thanks in part to four universities — Duke and North Carolina Central University in Durham; North Carolina State University in Raleigh; and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Learn more about our diverse stateDurham, and Duke and Durham as community partners. Together, the city and our University make Fuqua the perfect place for you to learn, grow and explore. We're not the only ones who think we're special — below are a few of Durham’s accolades:

Ranked #3 Best Place for Business and Careers by Forbes in 2009
Ranked #5 on Relocate-America’s 2009 Top 100 Places to Live
Ranked #4 on the NBC Today Show’s list of Most Livable Cities in America
Ranked one of 10 Best Places to Live in America by U.S. News & World Report in 2009
Tied for #11 on Market Watch’s list of the Best Cities for Business in 2011
Ranked #2 on The Atlantic’s list of US Cities with Most Leftover to Spend After Paying for Housing
And more!

Campus Life at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

Life on this beautiful campus is unique. Brimming with a diverse culture that includes students, faculty, staff and their families, there is a strong sense of camaraderie here. From the time you set foot on campus, you will be embraced as part of "Team Fuqua."

The Duke campus rests within the serenity of the Duke Forest, a living ecological laboratory and refuge for a variety of plant and animal species, and Fuqua is located in the heart of Duke's West Campus.

There’s always plenty to do on campus — there are more than 400 university student groups in addition to the MMS-specific clubs, and you're just a five-minute walk to the legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium — hallowed ground for Duke basketball fans.

Our community values collaboration and rallies behind your success. Our culture was built on the idea that people can accomplish more together than alone. It's what makes us one of the finest business schools in the world, and what will make you one of the best in your industry.


Housing in Durham, NC

Durham has a good range of off-campus housing options available for students. The Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh areas are touted as one of the best places to live in the country, due in part to the affordable standard of living. However, you should expect your living expenses for the first month to exceed the average due to start-up costs. Below are estimates of some of these costs, though this list is not complete and represents only estimates of charges. Expenses will vary.

Airport taxi - $35-40
Hotel (one night) - $70-150
Car rental - $175-250
First month’s rent - $400-1,200
Deposit for apartment - $400-1,200 (usually one month’s rent)
Deposit for electricity - $100-1,000
Furniture - $200-1,000
Household Supplies - $200

Life in Kunshan, China

MMS: DKU students have the unique privilege of spending a portion of their program in the thriving city of  Kunshan, China, a hub for business and high-tech research and manufacturing companies. Living in Kunshan is an experience like no other — students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the city while also taking advantage of proximity to Shanghai, a world-renowned metropolis for big business that provides countless opportunities for experiential learning and corporate visits.

Campus Life at Duke Kunshan University

The Duke Kunshan University campus is a place for learning, living and growing in a spacious, modern setting that encourages the pursuit of knowledge within and beyond the classroom. Multi-purpose meeting spaces and breakout rooms, study areas and a dedicated library allow students to work individually or in groups using leading information technology to instantly connect to colleagues and classmates around the world. Bi-lingual (Chinese and English) professional staff members are available to assist students with personal and academic issues, and to enhance their abilities to learn.

The five buildings of Duke Kunshan University campus also provide generous space for dining, social events, recreation and relaxation, just a short distance from both Suzhou and Shanghai. Students may take advantage of scheduled transportation opportunities for easy access to local shopping, dining, recreation and cultural activities in these nearby cities.

Students can utilize an indoor exercise room on the DKU campus in addition to nearby recreation facilities for swimming, bowling, squash, badminton, tennis and basketball through the Kunshan Sports Center.

Housing in Kunshan

To foster interaction among people from diverse backgrounds and academic interests, all undergraduate and graduate/professional students at DKU live together on the newly constructed campus. Each student occupies a single room, which is equipped with a closet, study desk and chair, bed, and computer network connections. Meals are provided in the main campus dining facility and several smaller venues offering coffee and light snacks. On-site laundry services are also available.

Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University students have the unique opportunity to experience life on campus in both the US and China while receiving a world-class business education. Interested in learning more? Contact us with any questions, or begin the admissions process today.