Chapel Hill, and the greater Triangle area, is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work. 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.
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.
Across North Carolina
Culture of Health Map
Our interactive map features local and regional recreation locations to help you live a healthy lifestyle. Select the icon in the top left corner of the map to open the map legend or view in Google Maps.