Hotels and Dining

Graduates holding hands


It's never too early to make reservations for dining and lodging for Commencement weekend. Traffic in and around Durham can be heavy on Commencement day. We suggest that any post-ceremony reservations or celebrations outside of Durham be scheduled for 3 hours after the start of your ceremony or later to avoid any disappointments or inconveniences.

For dining options, featuring a full array of local options, refer to this dining guide. Be sure to make your reservation early.


The seacoast area of New Hampshire, including Durham, Dover, and Portsmouth, offers a wide variety of lodging options. Lodging options can be found at

Complimentary shuttle transportation is available to and from Durham, from the following Dover, NH hotels: Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Comfort Inn & Suites. These are hotel shuttles. Please contact the hotels directly for more information.