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Living in Raleigh

Last Updated: 08/08/2023 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

Year after year, Raleigh, NC, ranks among the five best places in the country to live and work. With moderate weather (71°F Avg temp), it’s only two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains. Raleigh welcomes families and individuals and is proud of its well-educated workforce and multicultural environment.

  • #2 Best Place to Live in the US (US News & World Report, 2021-2022)
  • Top 25 America’s Best Cities Best Cities, 2021)
  • #19 Best Place to Live in the US for Young Professionals (U.S. News, 2019)
  • Top 10 Best Cities for New Grads Starting Out (MarketWatch, 2018)
  • Top 10 Coolest Places to Eat (Forbes, 2018)

NC State’s Talley Student Union is teaming with vibrant art, natural light, comfortable furniture and incredible views. It provides you with a place to experience our strong campus community.

But wait! There’s more. A sense of community is often built over a cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream. Many of the dining venues double as lounges to maximize flexibility and provide study space during off-peak hours. From fireplace lounges to individual and group lounges overlooking the Thomas H. Stafford, Jr Commons and everything in between, you’ll have a space to fit almost any need.

The cover of the Off-Campus Housing Resource Guide that features a photo of downtown Raleigh, NC.
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Learning and Working in Raleigh

NC State University anchors the Research Triangle Park (RTP), one of the country’s largest and most successful high-tech research parks. RTP is the home of many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies. Many leading research and technology institutions are only minutes from the University. This creates a collaborative environment for both business and innovation at NC State.

Higher education is the cornerstone of the RTP. The area’s colleges and universities have well over 100,000 students. Each year, these institutions award more than 20,000 degrees. These graduates are a major contributor to the region’s high-performance workforce.

So when it comes to selecting a place to get your degree, you can have it all. Raleigh and the RTP are great places to live, learn and work.

NC State’s College of Engineering

It is an exciting time for a career in engineering! Our College knows how to prepare you for those careers. With more than 10,000 students, Engineering is the largest of any college at NC State.

The success of our faculty and you, our students, shows the College’s commitment to excellence. Faculty members receive many professional awards yearly for their teaching and technological achievements. Our graduates find top-notch careers in research and development, design, production, and management. Many of our 57,700 alumni hold leadership positions in organizations around the world.