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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments and houses are almost all a good distance away from campus, making it difficult to get to class without one's own car.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off-campus for two years, and it was mostly fine. The realtors definitely are aware of the demand surrounding off-campus housing so the closer you are to campus the more expensive it is. It was definitely worth it though, and you'll find most student living off campus by their junior year. Getting to campus from where I lived was pretty easy as well, as there are buses that run through chapel hill to campus. The only issue I had was with parking- the town of chapel hill for some reason is really strict with parking so it was a hassle. But the quality of the off-campus house I lived in was pretty good for the cost and I'd do it again.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in family housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you are lucky enough, you can find the perfect place to live off-campus. The closer options tend to be more expensive but most apartments/houses are by a bus line.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have been living off campus for 2 years now, and going on my third. It's the best.

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Many students choose to move off campus for the slightly lower prices and extra space. Chapel Hill and its surrounding areas have many types of living from luxurious apartments and homes to those more fitting of a college student's sparse budget. However, it is important to note that off-campus housing is hard to find, and many places are reserved a full year in advance. Places that are considered to be within walking distance of campus are more expensive than places that require more of a commute. Students who live off campus are generally happy with the quality and spacious atmosphere that an apartment or house may bring, but the commute and parking on campus are an entirely different story.

There are a few options available for students who aren't the biggest fans of dorm living, one of the most popular being Granville Towers. Although this is technically off-campus housing, it is sometimes considered to be a dorm because of its proximity. It combines the luxury of an apartment with the convenience of centrally located dorms, making it a great option for many students. Rent for off-campus housing is typically cheaper, depending on how far you are willing to go from campus, but as it gets later in the year and closer to campus, beware of high prices and talk to other students about good or bad landlord experiences. It depends on the type of person you are, but many find off-campus living as rewarding, if not more so, than on-campus living.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
November or December before the next school year
Popular Areas
  • Chapel Ridge Apartments
  • Chapel View Apartments
  • Granville Towers
  • Mill Creek
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $720
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,330
  • 4 BR: $1,720
Did You Know?
About 90 percent of houses near campus fill up by October.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 146 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 148 responses

  • 15% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 73% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 147 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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