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Centennial Campus is for everyone — a destination for innovation, adventure, learning, relaxation, exploration and fun.

A Vibrant Destination

Centennial Campus is a growing community where everything you love comes together. Alongside state-of-the-art academic and office facilities, you’ll find walking trails, a championship golf course, restaurants, condos and apartments, a luxury hotel and wide-open public spaces, all nestled around beautiful Lake Raleigh.

We’re a place for students, faculty and 9-to-5 employees — and a place for families, retirees, young professionals and everyone else. With year-round events and programming — including outdoor movies and concerts, food truck rodeos, research talks, races and outdoor skills classes — every visit is different, and you’ll find plenty of ways to thrive here.

A young girl twirls a ribbon during a family-friendly outdoor concert.

Visit Lake Raleigh

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Lake Raleigh. Open to the public, this expansive recreation area offers endless opportunities for outdoor exploration — including fishing piers, boating, disc golf and miles of walking trails.

Two women paddling kayaks on Lake Raleigh.

Where You Want to Be

If you want to be in the middle of it all — without feeling like you’re in the middle of it all — come to Centennial.

We’re an urban oasis close to everything Raleigh has to offer, including the city’s vibrant downtown, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Dorothea Dix Park, the State Farmers Market and major highways. And we’re minutes away from all the beloved landmarks, academic buildings, athletic facilities and other amenities on the rest of NC State’s campus.

You may discover you like it here so much that you never want to leave. If so, you can make one of our corporate partners or office spaces your work home. Or you can make one of our apartment, townhome or condo communities your next home sweet home.

Food trucks line Main Campus Drive — and attract a hungry crowd — during a Food Truck Rodeo event.

50+ Food Trucks

Delicious food options abound all year long on Centennial.

Services on Centennial

Centennial Campus features a variety of dining, retail, recreation and conference options. Explore a few of them below, and visit Campus Enterprises for more information about what NC State offers.

The Terrace Dining Room at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course boasts appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, dessert and weekend brunch with one of the best views of Downtown Raleigh.

Lakeside Kitchen at the Park Alumni Center offers classic favorites with a southern fusion flare in a tranquil lakeside setting.

The On the Oval food court at the Wolf Ridge apartment complex offers five restaurants with an assortment of food options.

Port City Java has two locations at the College of Textiles and Engineering Building II, featuring coffee, smoothies and teas, as well as an array of pastries, sandwiches and wraps.

The Common Grounds Cafe at Hunt Library features coffee and NC State’s famous Howling Cow ice cream.

The Shuttle Inn at the College of Textiles offers grab-and-go snacks, frozen meals and other items.

A variety of food trucks park in front of Venture II at lunchtime on weekdays.

Centennial features a smaller version of the main campus Wolfpack Outfitters store, offering NC State apparel and gifts, school supplies, beverages and snacks.

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is the only collegiate golf course in the world designed by Arnold Palmer.

Playing golf at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Lonnie Poole Golf Course

The only collegiate golf course in the world designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course is consistently ranked as one of the best places to play golf, improve your game or host a tournament.

A golfer on the Lonnie Poole Golf Course admires the Raleigh skyline.