Life in Chapel Hill

Students cheer at a pep rally A string quartet practices outside Franlklin street shoppers

UNC graduate students are very involved in events and activities in the Chapel Hill community, including the surrounding areas of Carrboro, Durham, and Raleigh.

UNC-Chapel Hill is located in the “Triangle,” which is formed by Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. About 1.4 million people live in the area. Chapel Hill is located in Orange County, NC.

There are plenty of things to do and places to eat in the Town of Chapel Hill. The UNC-Chapel Hill campus is bordered by Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill. See below for a guide to resources in the community.

See also: GPSF Resource Guide

Arts and Entertainment | Food and Beverage | Health and Wellness | Legal Services | Libraries | Museums and Historic Landmarks | Parks and Recreation | Shopping | Sports and Exercise

Arts and Entertainment

Downtown Chapel Hill Entertainment

Nightlife in Durham (from the Duke GPSC)

Carolina Performing Arts - Memorial Hall

Hill Hall (music)

Forest Theatre

Playmakers Repertory Company

The Arts Center, Carrboro

A restaurant on Franklin street

Franklin Street Arts Collective

Eno Gallery, Hillsborough

Food and Beverage

Tons of restaurants and bars can be found on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and Main Street in Carrboro.

Health and Wellness

Planned Parenthood - Chapel Hill

North Carolina Psychological Association Psychologist Location Service

The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill

The Family Violence Prevention Center

Lawyers Referral Service (NC Bar Association)

Legal Aid of North Carolina


Orange County Public Library

Chapel Hill Public Library

Museums and Historic Landmarks

Ackland Art Museum

Basketball Museum

North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

A bicyclist on Franklin St.

Museum of Life and Science

North Carolina Museum of History

Botanical Gardens

Morehead Planetarium

Coker Arboretum and McCorkle Place

Battle Park

Preservation Society of Chapel Hill

Parks and Recreation

Eno River State Park

Eno River Hiking

Umstead State Park

Duke Forest

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation

Carrboro Parks and Recreation


Shopping in Downtown Chapel Hill

Students play ultimate frisbee

University Place Mall, Chapel Hill

The Streets at Southpoint, Durham

Sports and Exercise

Fleet Feet, Carrboro

World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) Kickball, NC Triangle

Carrboro Yoga Company

Triangle Yoga


Rainbow Soccer

Durham Bulls Baseball

Inclusion in the list above does not imply endorsement by The Graduate School or the University.