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:
- Search The Daily Tar Heel’s local housing search engine, Heels Housing or other housing/apartment search engines.
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
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.
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