Relocating for Residency: Triangle Area Guide

March 27, 2024

Essential relocation tips for medical residents moving to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill.

Congratulations on matching with a residency program in the Triangle area of North Carolina! Relocating for your medical residency is an exciting yet daunting experience. This guide provides essential tips and insights to help make your transition to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill as smooth as possible.

Choosing the Right Neighborhood

When selecting a neighborhood, consider the commute time and distance to your residency program. You can search for the perfect neighborhood by clicking the "Neighborhoods" tab at the top.

Here are some popular areas in each city:

  • Raleigh: North Hills, Cameron Village, and Downtown Raleigh
  • Durham: Trinity Park, Ninth Street, and Southpoint
  • Chapel Hill: Meadowmont, Southern Village, and Carrboro

Finding Housing

Rental Options

Start your search early for apartments, condos, or houses to rent. Utilize online resources like Zillow, Trulia, and to find available rentals. You can also contact local property management companies for listings and assistance.

Buying a Home

As a real estate agent with 17 years of experience in the Triangle area, I understand that buying a home during your residency can be a smart long-term investment. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Affordability: Look for homes that fit your budget and offer potential for appreciation in value over time.
  • Location: Choose a neighborhood that balances proximity to your hospital with your desired lifestyle and amenities.
  • Resale Value: Consider the home's potential resale value, as you may want to sell or rent it out after your residency.
  • Financing: Take advantage of physician mortgage loans, which often offer favorable terms and low down payment options for medical professionals.

Getting Settled

Utilities and Services

  • Electricity and Gas: Set up accounts with Duke Energy (electricity) and PSNC Energy (natural gas).
  • Water and Sewer: Contact the City of Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill, depending on your location.
  • Internet and Cable: Research providers like Spectrum, AT&T, and Google Fiber for the best deals.


  • Public Transit: Familiarize yourself with local bus routes and schedules. GoTriangle offers regional bus service connecting Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Each city also has its own bus system (GoRaleigh, GoDurham, and Chapel Hill Transit).
  • Parking: Inquire about parking options and permits at your hospital and residence.

Exploring the Triangle

Dining and Entertainment

Discover the diverse culinary scene and vibrant nightlife in each city:

  • Raleigh: Visit areas like Glenwood South, Warehouse District, and Morgan Street Food Hall.
  • Durham: Explore Brightleaf Square, the American Tobacco Campus, and Ninth Street.
  • Chapel Hill: Check out Franklin Street, Carrboro, and Southern Village.
  • Cary: Experience the charming downtown area, Bond Park, and the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
  • Wake Forest: Enjoy the historic downtown, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, and the Factory shopping and entertainment complex.

Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of the numerous parks, trails, and green spaces in the Triangle:

  • Umstead State Park: Offers hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities.
  • American Tobacco Trail: Enjoy a scenic 22-mile rail trail for walking, running, or cycling.
  • Jordan Lake: Engage in water activities like boating, fishing, and swimming.

Convenient Airport Access

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is centrally located and easily accessible from all areas within the Triangle, making travel for work or leisure a breeze.


Relocating for your medical residency in the Triangle area can be a seamless experience with proper planning and preparation. By choosing the right neighborhood, finding suitable housing, setting up essential services, and exploring the local attractions, you'll quickly feel at home in this vibrant and welcoming region.

A Word from Tim Clarke, Experienced Real Estate Agent

As a real estate agent with 17 years of experience in the Triangle area, I understand the unique challenges faced by medical residents when relocating. It's essential to work with a knowledgeable agent who can guide you through the process and help you find a home that meets your needs and budget.

When searching for housing, consider factors such as proximity to your hospital, commute times, and neighborhood amenities. Don't hesitate to ask questions and seek advice from your agent, as they can provide valuable insights into the local market and help you make an informed decision.

Remember, your residency is a demanding time, so it's crucial to find a living situation that allows you to focus on your training while also providing a comfortable space to relax and recharge. With the right preparation and support, you can make the Triangle area your new home and thrive during this exciting chapter of your medical career. Need help getting settled in? Contact us today.

Tim M. Clarke

About the author

17 years as a Realtor in the Research Triangle, Tim seeks to transform the Raleigh-Durham real estate scene through a progressive, people-centered approach prioritizing trust & transparency.

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