Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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University City

College Students

University City is the neighborhood that surrounds UNC’s 1,000 acres and where the great majority of students off-campus live. There are three mini neighborhoods within University City that have their own vibe and are right and wrong depending on your preferences. University Place is the most popular part of the neighborhood due to its heavy concentration of restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment options. The whole area is filled with apartment buildings, and homes for rent for undergrads and graduate students. Pretty much everything is a walk or bike ride from school but there is also a good bus system for getting everyone to classes. While most students are in the city proper some graduate students also end up in neighboring Carrboro, a pretty groovy smaller town that gives them some distance from the madness of campus life.

  • University City
  • Carrboro


Young Professionals

Downtown Chapel Hill is the center of the universe for Young Professionals that move here. There are plenty of apartments for rent as well as condos and small homes if that apartment lifestyle isn’t your thing. More important, Main Street, that runs through the area has over 95 restaurants, bars, cafes and music venues, most independently owned. It’s also where a lot of the startup scene in Chapel Hill happens, so for some being here is not only a walk to play but also a walk to work. Any of the neighborhoods that surround Downtown, including the three Historic districts can also work although most will still walk here to socialize.

  • Downtown
  • Carrboro

Historic Districts


The Historic Districts of Chapel Hill are beautiful and some families get ahold of one of these magnificent homes and hunker down. You can walk to the Franklin Street shops and restaurants and just luxuriate in the century old vibe. There are nearby frats and sororities though so there is a tradeoff being that close to the University. Newer neighborhoods, like Governor’s Village, Meadowmint and Southern Village are also great options for families. Each of these areas has both great homes, blocks and kid play areas as well as small shopping and restaurant districts. Chapel Hill neighborhoods work hard to recreate the small southern town vibe in their own blocks.

  • Historic Districts
  • Governor’s Village
  • Meadowmint
  • Southern Village