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Sleep is for the weak: Breaking down Duke’s late-night campus resources

Students gather in the Devil's Krafthouse, the Brodhead Center's first-floor pub.
Students gather in the Devil's Krafthouse, the Brodhead Center's first-floor pub.

Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter, looking for a midnight snack or want to stay safe while out late at night, you might be wondering what’s available late on campus. 

Grabbing a late night bite?

Devil’s Krafthouse
Location: Brodhead Center
Open until midnight daily

Krafthouse is the perfect place for grabbing a late dinner. You can enjoy a game inside while chowing down a burger or mobile-order an avocado toast and take it back to your room. 

Pitchforks
Location: McClendon Tower
Open until 11 p.m. dine-in or mobile order daily. Mobile ordering only from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday - Friday

Available as late as 3 a.m., Pitchforks is the last restaurant to close on campus. Popular late night snacks include the crunchy mac and cheese bites, warm grilled cheese and the fried chicken sandwich.

Bella Union
Location: McClendon Tower
Open until midnight Sunday - Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Feeling sleepy, but need to stay up late? Bella Union is the last coffee shop open on West campus. You can also grab a snack from the store behind the counter which carries candy, cookies and packaged noodles. 

McDonald’s
Location: Bryan Center
Open until midnight Monday to Friday and 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

When studying late at the Bryan Center, McDonald’s can be the perfect place to grab a snack. With the classic nuggets, fries and McFlurries, the food always manages to comfort. 

Cramming the night before a midterm? 

McClendon Tower, 3rd floor
Open 24/7

Quiet, right under a coffee shop and easy access to printers are just a few of the reasons why the 3rd floor of McClendon Tower is the ideal study spot. If you’re feeling hungry, Pitchforks is only three floors down and open till 3 a.m.

Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences
Open 24/7

FCIEMAS has plenty of spaces to settle down and crack open your laptop. Being surrounded by glass windows in a simple space creates the perfect peaceful environment to complete work at night.

Wilkinson, Ground Floor
Open 24/7

Tucked down the staircase in front of the Wilkinson building entrance, the ground floor is a simple and quiet study spot available at all times of the day. Filled with numerous tables and booths, the ground floor is great for studying in groups or spreading out all your notes to study alone.

Getting back late?

Duke Vans
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., last request at 1:30 a.m.

Duke Vans offers safe rides to and from open campus facilities and off-campus areas within a 2.5 mile radius. If you are out late at night and want to come back to your dorm at a time when the buses are not running, this can act as a free and safe means of transport. You can request a ride through the Transloc app and you will be required to show your Duke ID to the driver upon riding. 

Emergency Contacts
Hours: 24/7

During a late night emergency, there are a number of options to access the help you need. Blue light emergency phones are available across campus and directly connect you to the Duke University Police Department. You can also text DUPD for help through the LiveSafe app. The Non-Emergency number for the Duke Police is (919) 684-2444.

RA On Call
Hours: 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. 

In the occasion that you have lost your keys or Duke Card and are hoping to return to your dorm safely late at night, your RA on Call is a great resource. The specific RA on Call number that you should contact depends on your dorm.


Ayra Charania | Senior Editor

Ayra Charania is a Trinity junior and a senior editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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