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Before You Arrive

Learn About NC State

NC State Facts

NC State Postdoc Handbook

Learn About Raleigh and the Triangle

The city of Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, and established as the state capital of North Carolina in 1792. Raleigh is the largest city in Wake County with a population of approximately 451,000 people. Other nearby cities and universities include Durham (Duke University) and Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

The Visit Raleigh website provides a calendar of events happening in and around Raleigh, as well as recommendations for shopping and food. The Offline website and app for Raleigh is another great way to stay current with events happening in Raleigh each week. TripAdvisor lists some of the top-ranked sites to visit in the Raleigh Area. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is a quick 15-minute drive from campus. Taxi services and Uber operate out of the airport.

Research Triangle encompasses sixteen counties in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.  Research Triangle Park is a collaborative partnership between businesses, government and universities in the region.

International Services

International postdocs should utilize resources on the Office of International Services (OIS) site according to their visa type.

When You Arrive

New Employment Orientation

Postdoctoral scholars who are hired through NC State must attend the in-person New Employee Orientation (NEO201) within 30 days of their hire date. New Employee Orientation is facilitated through the University Onboarding Center and covers the basic steps to getting started as an employee and information related to university policies and procedures. The schedule for New Employee Orientation for postdocs can be found on the Onboarding Center website.

Incoming postdocs should also refer to the New Hire Checklist, found on MyPackPortal, to ensure a smooth transition into their new positions.

After attending New Employee Orientation, incoming postdocs will receive a welcome email from OPA and will be added to the NCSU Postdoc listserv and Google calendar. Postdocs can use the listserv and calendar to stay informed about upcoming professional development opportunities, office initiatives, conferences, and job postings.

Newly-hired postdocs are encouraged to meet with the Postdoc Program Manager, Chris Smith, Ph.D., for a 30 minute intro to postdoc resources meeting within 30 days of hire.

Getting Around Campus

Find your way around campus using NC State’s Interactive Map.


Postdocs can apply for parking permits through the Transportation Office, and learn more about parking options through the Onboarding Center. Permits can be requested online via the MyPack Portal up to 14 days ahead of your start date as long as your hiring action has been entered into the HR system. Postdocs should discuss the best parking options with their supervisor and/or colleagues to determine which parking permit would be best for their area, or refer to the parking map to find viable options.

Wolfline and Bus services

Wolfline is the free university bus system. It serves all three campuses, three park & ride lots, university housing complexes, and some privately-owned apartment complexes. Buses can be tracked in real time using the Transloc app or website. The Wolfline bus schedule is subject to change throughout the year based on the university calendar. Employees can also obtain a GoPass, used for city GoRaleigh buses and regional GoTriangle uses, for a reduced cost through the Transportation office. Track the bus using the Transloc app.

Alternative Transportation

The Capital Area Greenway system and campus bike paths are a great resource for those commuting by bicycle. Commuter resources and incentives can also be found on the Transportation website.


University Housing provides several apartment-style accommodations for postdocs and their families that are within easy commuting distance of both Main or Centennial campuses.

Short term university housing ideal for postdocs (pay per month) include:
E.S. King Village Apartments (furnished or unfurnished options available)
Western Manor Apartments (unfurnished)

University Communications

Stay up to date with what is happening around campus through the NC State News. You can also follow NC State on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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