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Local Services

The Graduate School is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link or reference above does not imply endorsement by University.

Government and Healthcare
Chapel Hill Town Hall: 405 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514; 919-968-2714 or
US Post Office: UNC Student Stores, UNC campus
Downtown Chapel Hill, 179 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; 919-929-9757
125 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516- 919- 929-9892
Orange County Board of Elections
Fire Department (1 of 5): 403 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514; 919-968-2781
Police Department: 828 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514; 919- 968-2760
UNC Hospitals: 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; -919-966-4131
Campus Health Services: James A. Taylor Bldg., 320 Emergency Room Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; 919-966-2281
FastMed Urgent Care: 1407 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514; 919-913-0996;



Living in Chapel Hill: An Overview*

Chapel Hill is a great town, especially for students. The town has a population of 59,000, and UNC students account for 29,000 of that total (63% undergrads and 37% in graduate or professional programs). Because of such a predominant student presence, the social and cultural life reflects the tastes and diversity of those students. There are numerous inexpensive and fun eateries in downtown Chapel Hill and the surrounding area, as well as amazing, award-winning, nationally ranked restaurants. Chapel Hill is considered very "livable", meaning that finding information and getting places is relatively easy. Public transportation is free, and connects the campus with other parts of town and the nearby cities of Durham and Raleigh. (

Tips for International Graduate Students

International Student and Scholar Services ( offers various programs designed to assist international students and scholars with adjustment to life in the United States and Chapel Hill. A fall Orientation Program offers an overview of academic, immigration, health, safety and legal issues as well adjustment programs for new students, scholars and their spouses. Opportunities are provided during the ISSS orientation to apply for a social security number and for health insurance, to visit campus health services and to tour the campus. New students, scholars and their spouses are also invited to a welcome party to meet with other students and with the International Student and Scholar Services Staff.

What to Do

Explore the city life -

It's always refreshing to walk up to Franklin Street to find an interesting place to enjoy some food and drink. Several places feature live music with a small cover charge or a "pass the hat" policy. Also located in downtown Chapel Hill are the Morehead Planetarium and the Ackland Art Museum. The ArtsCenter, also in Carrboro, showcases local companies or national touring groups in a 350-seat theater. Carolina Performing Arts. The PlayMakers Repertory Company is a full-season theater group right in Chapel Hill with exciting performances. Further down the road, Walnut Creek is a major amphitheater with top name performers and several festivals. Just outside campus is the N.C. Botanical Garden with extensive walking paths, and Duke Forest is a large area north of Chapel Hill with lots of trails. There are many local farmer's and flea markets, including a large farmer's market on Saturday mornings in nearby Carrboro.

Sports -

The college spectator sports here are world-class. Student tickets are available for our exciting UNC Tar Heel men's basketball and football games. Several teams, such as the National Championship women's soccer team and the women's basketball team are even more accessible. Carolina's men's baseball team has been in the College World Series in Omaha many times and plays in Boshamer Stadium on campus. Down the road the Durham Bulls provide more great baseball entertainment on warm summer nights. The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional hockey team that plays at their stadium only 20 minutes from Chapel Hill. Local biking clubs provide strenuous activity as they explore the surrounding countryside. In short, it is likely that whatever your tastes and life-style, you will be able to find stimulating activities that are accessible in Chapel Hill.

Plan for a road trip -

And when it's time to hit the road for a trip, you are only two and a half hours by car from the North Carolina seashore with its lovely beaches. A bit further are the Outer Banks, including the National Seashore, and Kitty Hawk, the site of the first heavier-than-air plane flight in the world. You are also only three hours east of the majestic Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian range. Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway in the western part of the state offer truly stunning views of some of the oldest mountains in the world. And the large metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC are only 4-5 hours by car. Raleigh Durham International Airport is ever-expanding to accommodate more travelers, and it is easy to fly almost anywhere from here. Chapel Hill has a moderate climate, with mild winters (snow is rare) and warm summers.

*With thanks to our UNC Department of Biology for compiling this information!

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