STUDENT LIFE ON CAMPUS
UNC enjoys a privileged location with its stunning 700 acre campus set in the middle of the bustling town of Chapel Hill. Enjoy the best of both world's with full access to campus facilities while being just a short stroll to America's most energetic and historic college town and all it has to offer.
Carmichael Residence Hall, is located on mid campus, next to the SRC (student recreation center) and Fetzer Gym and field. All of campus and the town are easy walking distance. Centrally air-conditioned bedrooms are doubles arranged in suite-style and furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks, chairs, and a built-in closet. Rooms are on a common hall, and halls are divided by gender and age. Roommates are determined based on the housing questionnaire that students fill out prior to arrival, as well as considering age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and bath towels are provided and replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus and the ground floor has student lounges, an activities center, maker studio and classroom space. Additionally, the Kessing outdoor swimming pool is directly behind the dorm as well as an outdoor quad and sand volleyball court.
Students have full access to libraries, computer lab and student center. As you would expect from an athletics powerhouse, university athletics facilities at UNC are second to none. Students can choose from multiple gyms, swimming pools, racquet ball and squash courts as well as the Rams Head Recreation Center, featuring 3 basketball courts, an indoor track, climbing wall, group exercise classes and state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment. Additional outdoor basketball and tennis courts are also available. Students can also visit the Dean E. Smith Center, the legendary home of North Carolina basketball.
Students receive a Carolina meal card and are entitled to eat at any on campus Carolina dining facility. Carolina dining provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, and an organic salad bar. UNC dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences.
Meals can also be taken at the Carolina Union where there is an Alpine Bagel and Wendy’s or at Lenoir Hall where you can choose from high street favorites such as Freshens, Chick-Fil-A, Burrito Bowl, Sushi, Chinese, Indian and multiple Coffee Houses. Additionally there are multiple food trucks on campus and of course you can stroll into Chapel Hill and hit one of the multiple student spots on Franklin street. Lunch will be provided during off-site during excursions. Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process.
One of the many advantages of the UNC campus is its central location in the town of Chapel Hill. Students have full access to downtown and Franklin Street, the historic center of Carolina social life in this ultimate college town. The historic district is full of cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as many T-Shirt stores so you can wear your Carolina gear with pride!
Historic Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill is home to more than 200 restaurants, retail shops and service businesses. Enjoy festivals, special events, nightlife and cultural destinations. 140 West and Carolina Square are Franklin Street's hubs for outdoor happenings.
UNC-Chapel Hill Campus
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the first state-supported university in America to open its doors and graduate students in the 18th century. Guided tours are available. Also, music, plays and more at Memorial Hall and PlayMakers Repertory Company.
The Ackland Museum
The Ackland turned 60 in 2018. The Museum's permanent collection consists of more than 18,000 works of art, a premier collection of Asian art and works of art on paper, plus significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art.
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
The largest fulldome planetarium in the southeastern United States reaches more than 150,000 visitors each year with its science programs. See its GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, exhibits and Science Stage, including live science demonstrations.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Comprises more than 1,000 acres, including 10 acres of display gardens and a number of natural areas. See North Carolina plants and vegetation, perennial borders, a Garden of Flowering Plant Families, the Piedmont Nature Trails, a green Education Center with exhibits and more.
Carolina Basketball Museum
The newly renovated Carolina Basketball Museum chronicles the history of UNC Basketball and includes nearly 500 authentic artifacts, hundreds of photographs, and videos of various players, coaches, championships and historic moments. The interactive museum is open daily.
A food lover’s paradise with exciting and innovative products from local to international vendors, Southern Season offers over 70,000 items sold in-store and online. Known as a “culinary Mecca,”, the store features specialty food products, chocolate and candy, wine & beer, coffee & tea, prepared foods, kitchen tools, home items, gifts and much more. Students can take a class at its cooking school.
Carr Mill Mall and Weaver Street Market
Carrboro is home to the historic Carr Mill Mall, a former textile mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places under its original name, The Alberta Complex. Find specialty, outdoor and home décor shops, a Coffee/Tea bar, and local favorite Elmo’s Diner. Weaver Street Market is a community gathering place as well as a food co-op store. Its large open front lawn is where residents and visitors gather for coffee, food, music and other events.
Whether searching for on-trend fashion, priceless art, the perfect unique gift or, mouth-watering cuisine, University Place features some of the region’s best locally owned and national retailers and restaurants. Home to Silverspot Cinema/Trilogy, Kidzu Children’s Museum, Peacock Alley, William Travis Jewelry, and Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill.
The music scene in the area is rocking with Carrboro's famous Cat's Cradle, The Station, Chapel Hill's Local 506, The Cave and Nightlight and Hillsborough's Hot Tin Roof. Come hear local, regional and national bands just about every night of the week.
Hillsborough's historic downtown at 264 years old is on the National Register for Historic Places. Just a short drive from Chapel Hill, Hillsborough's Churton Street is filled with art, jewelry, wine and chocolate shops. Find an historic museum, an antebellum school, a Federal -era plantation house and stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, a 1.8 mile stretch along the Eno River.
Local Food & Markets
Hailed as "America's Foodiest Small Town" by Bon Appetit magazine, Chapel Hill is a hot spot for local farm to table cuisine. Noted nationally are Crook's Corner, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, and Lantern Restaurant. Il Palio and Crossroads Chapel Hill are both AAA four-diamond delicious! Media touts Carrboro's Neal's Deli as a national top ten sandwich shop and Pizzeria Mercato, a top favorite Neapolitan Pizzeria. Aaron Vandemark, Executive Chef at Pancuito in Hillsborough, is a six-time James Beard nominee. Visit five county farmer's markets to see where many local chefs shop. Try our multiple craft beer breweries and spirits distillery. Look for the new Blue Dogwood Public Market on West Franklin Street - a food hall with with vegetarian, craft beer & ciders, gluten-free bakery, Persian, Latin American, and BBQ.