Housing and Residency


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On-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing

Many students live off campus in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or Durham.

Visit the UNC Student Affairs Off-Campus Housing Portal

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Even if you applied as an in-state resident, you still need to file for residency. Review the application for North Carolina residency for tuition purposes. Refer to the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual (PDF).

If you are moving to North Carolina 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 North Carolina driver’s license, change your car license plates, and register to vote as soon as possible. Your 12 months does not start until these actions are completed. You will also need to ensure you are not being claimed as a dependent by your parents.

Get a North Carolina Driver’s License

The DMV is where you will need to go get a driver’s license and vehicle registration.

There are North Carolina DMV offices located in throughout the area in Carrboro, Hillsborough, Durham, Raleigh, and Cary. Vehicle registration offices are located in Chapel Hill and Durham. License transfer includes: a written test, a signs test, and an eye exam.

Register to Vote in North Carolina

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

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 North Carolina 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. If you are a Durham County resident, you can sign up at one of the locations of the Durham County Public Library.


Last Updated: September 17, 2018