Chapel Hill is a great city to live in, but one of the things that sweetens the deal is the abundance of free and fast transit to places all over the city. Students can ride Chapel Hill Transit buses for free, and most areas of town are serviced by various routes. There is also the Triangle Transit Authority which takes students to shopping centers, airports, and other places in the city for a cheap price. Campus shuttles are quite reliable and a great means of transportation for students traveling between north and south campuses, and the Robertson bus takes students between UNC and Duke for free. There is also an abundance of taxi companies with discounted rates for students who need to travel further than city limits.
Students at UNC definitely appreciate and take advantage of the the public transportaion given to them. Most students, however, take for granted the safety and reliability that public transportation provides to Chapel Hill. Having a car is convenient but not necessary at UNC. Lucky for students, buses and bus schedules are easy to access, making transit a piece of cake.