University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Visit Report by flying_pig319
Visit to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in March 2009 by flying_pig319(Student, HS Class of 2009)
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Campus Visit Notes for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Okay, I'm not an applicant to UNC, but I am a Chapel Hill resident (and a high school senior, if that gives me any credibility) and I had to correct some of the other comments I saw here. Chapel Hill is a GREAT little college town. Franklin Street sits right next to campus and is OVERFLOWING with college student attractions: Vietnamese food, Greek food, Turkish food, Italian food, American food, Southern Food, Sports Bars, an underground restaurant, Bubble Tea, Ben and Jerry's, Coldstone Creamery, a homemade popsicle place called Locopops with the craziest flavors you could imagine (dill pickle? pineapple lavender?), a billion tarheel apparel stores (no exaggeration), movie theaters, and way more that I can't even think of right now. It's very lively and walkable and has a great atmosphere. Lots of sweet murals and back alleys that you'll find -- it's a cool place to learn your way around. It has a lot of character.
Also, Franklin Street has a FAMOUS (or infamous?) Halloween party on Franklin Street that attracts thousands of people each year. People come from all over the US (though mostly from Chapel Hill and neighboring areas) and wear crazy homemade costumes and have a great time all night in the crowded street. The town of Chapel Hill has been trying to tone it down lately since it gets so wild, but I don't think they're having much success...
Someone else said Raleigh was 45 mins away, and Durham a bit further. I'm in my Chapel Hill home right now, and Durham is 5 minutes away. From the UNC campus, it might be 15 or 20, but still very nearby and people go into Durham all the time. There's a gigantic mall called the Streets at Southpoint there (it's the third biggest in the South-East or something, I think I heard somewhere, but don't quote me), and of course Duke University.
Anyway, Chapel Hill is very lively and has lots of charm and character and lots for a college student. It's not metropolitan or NYC or anything, but it's a GREAT place to be (I'm not being biased, I'm not a Chapel Hill native anyway, I'm from Seattle) and the other comments on here are from people who didn't seem to take a very close look at their surroundings.