Local Atmosphere

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Part of the reason why I chose UNC!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The landscape is very nice. There is a lot to do on Franklin Street.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I really enjoy seeing chapel hill's dining and attractions.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: In the heart of downtown. Very small city. Parking is absolutely horrible. Small town with lots of local restaurants and shops but not too far from bigger cities durham and raleigh

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Traffic sucks during certain times of the year but there are many things to do if you're a student.


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Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
Grad Year
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Chapel Hill is a beautiful town with everything a college student might want. There are many historical sites, fun activities, shopping, bookstores, parks, and local hangouts. The main drag for is Franklin Street, and it hosts the bustle of the weekend activities. There are things like swing and salsa dancing into the early hours, games playing at bars, and many opportunities to interact with other students studying in the nearby area at Duke or NC State. There is a free bus that transports students between Duke and UNC, so it is relatively easy for students to attend activities thrown at both universities.

For those that aren't as interested in catching a sporting game or attending a party, there are movies, local music bars, and a lot of shopping nearby. The Streets at Southpint is one of the largest outdoor malls on the East Coast, with a great theatre for movie buffs. Chapel Hill has also been ranked as the third best place to live on the East Coast and also been dubbed the "Ideal College Town." With a town that has so much to offer and a university that sponsors so many events, it's hard to have any free time. Chapel Hill is just a beautiful, quaint, and lively town all bundled together in a package, and that makes the Carolina experience what it is.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Apple Chill is an annual spring tradition that invites vendors, musicians, and others to Franklin Street. Apple Chill is attended by students and Chapel Hill locals.
  2. Chapel Hill is known as Blue Heaven.
  3. Chapel Hill's fire trucks are Carolina Blue.
  4. Halloween celebrations on Franklin Street attract nearly 80,000 people from all over the East Coast.
Notable Natives
  • Richard Adler
  • Don Baer
  • Doris Betts
  • Dre Bly
  • Erskine Bowles
  • Gaston Caperton
  • Vince Carter
  • Dan Cortese
  • Rick Dees
  • Jim Delaney
  • Don Dixon
  • Anson Dorrance
  • John Edwards
  • Mia Hamm
  • Allen Johnson
  • Don Johnson
  • Marion Jones
  • Michael Jordan
  • Charles Kuralt
  • David Love III
  • Julius Peppers
  • Stuart Scott
  • Charlotte Smith
  • Jerry Stackhouse
Points of Interest
  • Kitty Hawk
  • Linville Caverns
  • Lost Colony at the Outer Banks
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Topsail Beach
Shopping Centers
  • Carr Mill Mall
  • Crabtree Valley Mall
  • Main Street
  • Northgate Mall
  • Streets at Southpoint
  • Triangle Town Center
  • University Mall
Movie Theaters
The Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
Movie Theaters
Regal Timberlyne 6
120 Banks Drive
Chapel Hill
(919) 933-8600
Movie Theaters
Southpoint Cinemas
8030 Renaissance Parkway
(919) 572-9966
Movie Theaters
Varsity Theatre
123 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill
(919) 967-8665
Major Sports Teams
  • Carolina Hurricanes: NHL
  • Carolina Mudcats: Minor-league baseball
  • Carolina Panthers: NFL
  • Carolina Railhawks: Soccer
  • Charlotte Bobcats: NBA
  • Charlotte Sting: WNBA basketball
  • Durham Bulls: Minor-league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Durham, N.C.: : 25 minutes
  • Raleigh, N.C.: : 45 minutes
  • Wilminton, N.C.: : 2 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 107 responses

  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 73% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 11% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 106 responses

  • 80% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 106 responses

  • 27% Totally.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.



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