Living in Chapel Hill

The downtown patchwork of storefronts along historic Franklin Street, interrupted by churches and museums, attest to Chapel Hill’s rich culture and diverse opportunities for recreation and entertainment.

Chapel Hill ranks #10 on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America” list (2012). A true university town, it’s beautiful, walkable, eclectic, safe, affordable, diverse and green. And as our students say, it’s great weather, even in February when their friends at many other colleges and universities are freezing.



Find fresh veggies at two different, award-winning farmer’s markets, open Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Breeze to get around:

  • Ride the bus… anywhere. It’s free (seriously)! One will drop you off near your Chapel Hill or Carrboro home. Find out when to catch the next bus here.
  • Get on your bike and go… anywhere. Fourteen miles of greenways will take you to campus, libraries, coffee shops, Franklin Street, the Dean Dome, grocery stores and 350 acres of parks.


Foodie haven:

  • Renowned restaurants, bistros, cafes and food trucks are right around the corner from campus. Looking for traditional Southern food, ethnic food, fancy, down-home food? It’s all here.
Health behavior alumna Anne Cabel conducts a beekeeping workshop at the Carolina Campus Community Garden.

Health behavior alumna Anne Cabel conducts a beekeeping workshop at the Carolina Campus Community Garden.


Land of opportunity:

  • The famed Research Triangle Park (RTP) is 10 miles away, with 170+ R&D organizations, research institutes and companies.
  • Gillings faculty and alumni can open doors for you, connecting you to a world of work and research opportunities.



UNC’s world-class hospital system is just across the street.

To the West

Just under three hours away, the Blue Ridge Mountains provide dozens of outdoor activities.

Chapel Hill

The shortlist: a thriving live music scene, film and music festivals, Tarheel basketball, art galleries, museums and more.

To the East

The white sand beaches of NC’s Outer Banks offer a rich history and a relaxing walk.

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