Travel & Accommodations

In its constant pursuit of improving the lives of patients, Merck strives to support and foster innovation among future talent in order to create a secure and reliable healthcare atmosphere. As such, Merck has generously agreed to provide the cost of traveling, lodging, resources, and planning support for the NC State Grand Business Challenge. Merck hopes to use this competition as an opportunity for business students to help optimize the IT systems that underlie healthcare and pharmaceuticals so that these issues never inhibit Merck’s ability to serve and care for customers.

Traveling to Raleigh

By Plane

The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which is approximately 20 minutes away from NC State University. Group Transportation such as Uber and Taxi are active in the Raleigh-Durham area.

By Train

The Raleigh Station (RGH), located at 320 W Cabarrus St., is approximately 10 minutes from campus. For more information, please visit www.amtrak.com. Group Transportation such as Uber and Taxi are active in the Raleigh-Durham area.

By Car

From Points North

Take I-95 South to I-85 South. Take Exit 218, Route 1 South, to Raleigh (left exit). Follow Route 1 South for approximately 40 miles into north Raleigh. From Route 1 (Capital Boulevard) take exit for I-440 – Outer Beltline (towards Sanford). Take Exit 2 – Western Boulevard (towards downtown Raleigh). Turn right on Avent Ferry Road. Turn left on Varsity Drive (entrance to Centennial Campus). Where Varsity Drive ends, turn right onto Partners Way. Head southwest on Partners Way toward Research Dr.Turn left onto Main Campus Dr. Turn right onto Alumni Drive. The StateView Hotel will be on the right.

From Points South

Take I-95 North to I-40 North. Take I-40 West to I-440 (Inner Beltline). Take Exit 2 – Western Boulevard (towards downtown Raleigh and NC State). Turn right on Avent Ferry Road. Turn left on Varsity Drive (entrance to Centennial Campus). Where Varsity Drive ends, turn right onto Partners Way. Head southwest on Partners Way toward Research Dr.Turn left onto Main Campus Dr. Turn right onto Alumni Drive. The StateView Hotel will be on the right.

Accommodations

Merck will provide lodging at the new StateView Hotel.  If alternative accommodation is required, please specify in the team registration.

Teams will check-in at the front desk in between 3:00PM EST Wednesday, November 1st and 9:00AM EST Thursday, November 2nd. Click Here for its location and driving direction.

Dining

There will be several group meals during the competition. In addition, teams will receive meal cards upon check-in, allowing them the flexibility to eat at restaurants and food courts on campus.

Parking

Parking is something no one likes to worry about, so we’ve taken the worry away! For participants planning to travel by car, parking permits will be provided whenever needed.

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