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. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library is on the left near the end of Partners Way. The Wolf Ridge Apartment is located directly across from the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

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. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library is on the left near the end of Partners Way. The Wolf Ridge Apartment is located directly across from the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Accommodations

Merck will provide lodging at Wolf Ridge Apartments. One coed suite will be assigned to each school.  Each suite will have 4 individual bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Click here for the suite layout. If alternative accommodation is required, please specify in the team registration.

Teams will check-in at the front desk in Tower Hall between 3:00PM EST Wednesday, November 2nd and 9:00AM EST Thursday, November 3rd. 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. Wolf Ridge has a food court On the Oval located in Tower Hall.

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.

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