Housing and Residency


See also: GPSF Resource Guide


UNC Housing provides two locations for on-campus graduate student/family housing:


Visit UNC Student Affairs Off-Campus Housing Portal

Many students live off campus in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or Durham. UNC Housing’s guide to off-campus housing has a list of popular sources for local real estate/rental listings around Chapel Hill. There’s also valuable advice for moving off campus.

Other housing search tips:

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Even if you applied as an in-state resident, you still need to file for residency. First, review the application for NC residency for tuition purposes. For more information, see the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)'s Residency Guide. Refer also to the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual (PDF).

If you are moving to NC from out-of-state and wish to eventually apply for residency, you will need to begin establishing residency at least 12 months in advance. This means you will need to get your NC driver’s license, change your car license plates, and register to vote as soon as possible. Your 12 months does not start until this is completed.

Get an NC Driver’s License

See the NC Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV)’s “New to NC” guide to moving to NC. The DMV is where you will need to go get a driver’s license and vehicle registration.

There are NC DMV offices located in throughout the area in Carrboro, Hillsborough, Durham, Raleigh, Cary. Vehicle registration offices are located in Chapel Hill and Durham. License transfer includes written test, signs test, and eye exam. You will also need to ensure you are not being claimed as a dependent by your DMV/Voter Registration.

Register to Vote in NC

You can register to vote at campus/city libraries or through the county board of elections by mail.

Register to Vote in NC

If you are an Orange County resident (Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough), find out more about Orange County Voter registration through the Orange County Board of Elections.

Get a Library Card

Having a NC library card can also help to establish residency. If you are an Orange County resident, you can sign up at one of the locations of the Orange County Public Library.


Last Updated: March 8, 2017