Life in Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill was ranked #10 on Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America” 2012 list and #8 on Thrillist‘s 2015 list of college towns with great food. Our town is walkable, eclectic, safe, affordable, diverse and green. Our students love the temperate weather and the easy access to activities in the Triangle, on the coast and in the mountains.
Learn more about Off Campus Student Life on the campus website dedicated to assisting students in becoming responsible tenants of Chapel Hill, NC.
Watch The New York Times 36 hours in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Travel Video. It doesn’t show everything this city has to offer, but it’s a good start!
It’s a breeze to get around.
Ride the bus anywhere — it’s free! One will deliver you near your Chapel Hill or Carrboro home or even to other locations around town and campus. Find out when to catch the next bus here.
Get on your bike and go anywhere. Fourteen miles of greenways take you to campus, libraries, coffee shops, Franklin Street, the Dean Dome, grocery stores and 350 acres of parks.
Chapel Hill offers a variety of food.
Renowned restaurants, bistros, cafes and food trucks are right around the corner from campus. Looking for traditional Southern food, ethnic food, eclectic cuisines or down-home cooking? It’s all here.
Want to plant your own garden? Volunteer at the Carolina Campus Community Garden.
It’s a land of opportunity.
The famed Research Triangle Park (RTP) is 10 miles away with more than 170 research and development organizations, research institutes and companies.
Gillings School faculty members and alumni can connect you to a world of work and research opportunities.
Entertainment and Culture
Spend a casual evening sipping a latte on an outdoor patio, listening to live music, wandering through eclectic shopping districts or screaming and bouncing in a crowd of people as you cheer on your favorite team. Get involved in intramural sports or join a service group.
If you are inspired by history, science or art, visit one of the area’s museums. Study local flora and botanicals at the North Carolina Botanical Garden or treat yourself to a concert at Memorial Hall. Whatever your preference, UNC and the Triangle area offer plenty of social, entertainment and cultural opportunities to keep you busy, happy, and constantly making new discoveries.
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Our Visit Us page provides information about campus tours, parking and accommodations. Fill out a Prospective Student Inquiry Form if you are interested in hearing more from your degree program(s) of interest.