The Good Neighbor Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the University, Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, EmPowerment Inc, the Jackson Center, and other community partners. The initiative began in 2004 with an effort by the Chapel Hill Police Department to make door-to-door visits to student-rental properties in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods that had been trouble spots for loud noise and disruptive behavior. The idea was to talk to students before the academic year got underway about the local laws and ordinances that, if followed, would reduce the likelihood of problems between neighbors and visits from the police.

Even if you move off campus the programs, facilities, and services you enjoyed on campus are still here for you; don't forget that! Visit the Student Union, eat at Lenior, exercise at the SRC or Rams Head, join a new student organization, or attend an event at Memorial Hall. Keeping those kinds of connections to your campus can really help ease a transition off campus and maintain scholastic success. The following links represent just a few ways you can stay connected with campus life and activities.

As an off-campus resident, in the event of a community emergency (ex: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and public health emergencies), you must follow the direction of the proper community authorities in your municipality. Several communities in the area have implemented emergency alert systems where you can register to receive emergency updates and alerts. We encourage all members of the university community to register in order to receive emergency information.

If you have an emergency situation, or are with another student in an emergency situation, dial 911. In Chapel Hill, 911 is the access # for all police and EMS related situations, from minor incidents to major emergencies. Do not hesitate to call 911 because you are unsure of whether the situation is serious enough. The operators are trained to make that decision and contact the appropriate response providers.

How to connect with your neighbors and off-campus community.

Greetings to our Carolina Graduate and Professional students! If you don't read any further than this sentence, the most important message we can deliver to you is that all of the resources on this site and through Off-Campus Student Life at UNC-CH are intended for the benefit of ALL Carolina students, including you. Graduate and Professional students make up almost 40% of our total student population (37%  of 29,900 students to be specific) through enrollment in 112 master's degree programs, 68 doctorate degree programs, and seven professional degree programs.

The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have adopted various codes (laws/ordinances) specifically designed to address blight, nuisances, and to maintain a clean environment for all citizens in our community. The town agencies help maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair an unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes and land use requirements. Wherever you reside, you need to be familiar with your community's ordinances and regulations. These ordinances cover topics such as noise, occupancy, parking, and trash. Please familiarize yourself with your local ordinances and when the situation calls for it, take action to resolve code enforcement violations on private property in your neighborhood.

Greetings to our Carolina Parents and Family members! We are glad you are taking an active role in supporting your student's exploration of off-campus life and we hope the information on this website can be useful for both you and your student. 

A few tips for family members:

Information about both UNC-CH Transportation and Parking and Off Campus Parking Permits.

Meet any potential roommates or sublets before agreeing to room with them or allowing them to sublet your apartment. Talk about your expectations and do not agree to live with someone or sublet to someone who will not respect your apartment or living preferences. Do not make rent or other expense payments for roommates or sublets. Sometimes best friends do not make the best roommates.

Call 911 - For immediate assistance

You might need to contact law enforcement for a non emergency reason. Here is some contact information for area police departments should you need to do so.

Local Police Departments

UNC Campus Police  (website)

919-962-3951 (during business hours) 919-962-8100 (after 5pm)

If you are interested in learning more about affordable housing in Chapel Hill, check out the Town's website:


The Chapel Hill/Carrboro area has many grocery shopping options at many price points. Here are several of the most popular:

Grocery Stores

Food Lion

  • Carrboro Plaza - 104 NC Hwy 54, Unit A, Carrboro, NC 27510
  • Willow Creek Shopping Center - 602 Jones Ferry Rd a, Carrboro, NC 27510
  • Timberlyne Shopping Center - 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Rams Plaza - 1720 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Fresh Market

  • 1200 Raleigh Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Harris Teeter

Q&A with Attorney J. Tristan Routh, Carolina Student Legal Services, Inc.

This page is intended as a resource for all UNC-CH students and and other campus and community constituents who are looking for more information about faith-based and religious opportunities in our Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Carolina is committed to supporting all students in their personal development, including a diversity of identities related to faith, spirituality, and religion. 

This page includes several resources aimed at promoting fire-safety in our community.

***This program is not yet live. This is a TEST page. We plan to launch the program in Spring 2020. Stay tuned. For now, if you are interested in the Town of Chapel Hill's Fire Prevention and Fire Safety program, please visit:

This page is meant to be a helpful starting point for anyone looking for local services, places to go and things to do, including: restaurants, arts and music venues, recreation spots and much more. If you have suggestions of things we should include, let us know! UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

Some of our Favorite Chapel Hill & Carrboro Area Restaurants

Franklin Street/Downtown Chapel Hill

UNC-CH Philosophy On Undergraduate Off-Campus Housing