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Housing options

GuaTeGuaTe Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
So the deadline for the housing app is May 2, and I need to put down my 1st-whatever choices for buildings. What buildings are available, and among those, which are generally seen as the most attractive/convenient? Or perhaps more important, which are best for freshmen, in terms of both convenience and meeting other freshmen?

South Campus has a reputation of being remote, but I heard the new $70 million Rams Center was just finished in that area. North Campus I've heard is convenient but it's hard for freshmen to meet people as they are mostly sophmores/upperclassmen.
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  • unccadet08unccadet08 Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    best dorms are in North Campus, thats where I'm living next year. This year i live in morrison, but they're closing it for renovations in may. Craige and Hinton James are pretty far in south campus with nothing around it. Middle campus (Charmichel and Teague) seem pretty convienent in location. Middle campus has ramshead and its close to south campus. Freshmen don't get much choice to be honest, i know a lot of freshmen who applied for north and got south. If you apply for south campus cross your fingers and hope you get something like Morrison South, Ehaus South, Craige North, or HJ North if you want a nice dorm in south campus. South Campus has a lot freshmen and sophmores but they aren't the greatest dorms.
  • DanC1986DanC1986 Registered User Posts: 294 Junior Member
    what's the graneville towers? is it an on campus living?
  • unccadet08unccadet08 Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    granville towers are private dorms. they're really close to campus, pretty much on campus, next to north campus. Granville Towers has their own dining hall and they have a parking lot. Its also right on franklin street. It'll cost you more than living in regular dorms but its suposed to be nicer rooms. I've been in there once to see a friend, i thought it was nice.

    http://www.granvilletowers.com/
  • jf215jf215 Registered User Posts: 512 Member
    i thought that freshman HAD to live on south campus. they don't?
  • nckid101nckid101 Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    and i thought freshman HAD to live in dorms the first year
  • juba2jivejuba2jive Registered User Posts: 1,001 Member
    Nah, you can be on North or Middle campus through random luck of the draw, but from what I understand, it's pretty rare - most of the freshmen are stuck on South.

    Anyone can live in Granville, I'm pretty sure...they sent me info when I was accepted, lol.
  • charmedonecharmedone Registered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    as a side note, i heard some stuff about granville towers from a student who currently lives there when i visited UNC last week. he said that it's not very diverse and that a lot of the people who live there are in frats/sororities. he said some other stuff too but i can't remember it all.
  • unccadet08unccadet08 Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    alright guys, yea a lot of freshmen live in south campus. So do a lot of sophmores. Also theres plenty of freshmen in middle and north campus. UNC reserves some set number of spots in north campus for freshmen to get. So you could get north campus. I have freshmen friends that live in Conner, Grimes, Alexander, Lewis, and Joyner.
    I agree that Granville towers isn't that diverse. What do you expect its private dorms. O yea, freshmen can live in Granville. And yea theres probably a lot of frat boys and sorority girls that live in granville, but again, what do you expect, their private dorms that cost more than regular dorms. However I'm sure most of the students who live in Granville Towers aren't in any Frat/sor. Also, FYI, Granville is right next to Frat Court.
  • bigeyedfishbigeyedfish Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Can anyone shed any light on substance free housing? Especially for freshmen?
  • unccadet08unccadet08 Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    no problem, i'm actually living in substance free housing next year.

    Ok theres 3 areas for substance free, 2 dorms in north campus and 1 in south campus. In north campus you have Joyner (where i"m gonna live) and Alexander (very nice dorm). In south campus it kinda sucks, substance free is the 2nd floor of Hinton James. There's a seperate application for substance free housing pretty much becuase they want to keep it substance free by not allowing everyone in. Also there's a limited number of open spots, becuase once you get a substance free spot you can recontract each year and keep that same room til you graduate. Substance free is just like it sounds, no drugs and alchohol allowed in the dorm, even if your old enough (that doesn't mean you can't drink out of the dorm, just be careful when your back in the dorm). Joyner and Alexander are pretty nice dorms by the way. A good thing about living substance free is you won't have to worry about "noise problems." by that I mean drunk students making a lot of noise at night in the dorm on nights that you just want to sleep or maybe a thursday night where you have to study and a friday morning class.
  • rubbs77rubbs77 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    Hey! I'm relatively new to this site. I'm an OOS, but do many freshman at UNC already know each other b/c they are in-state residents?
  • unccadet08unccadet08 Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    no, but there are a lot of schools that send pretty large numbers to carolina. Carolina accepted 16 students from my high school, but to be honest I really don't see them that much and I don't hang out with them. Its so easy to make friends your freshmen year, just try and be social, joining some clubs makes it easier (club sports are a great way to make friends). When I came here I thought I'd spend most my time with my friends from high school who got in here, but that only lasted about month.
    Also don't forget that the freshmen class is pretty big and just being in-state doesn't form some automatic bond. A freshman from Greenville probably won't be like "o wow your from Charlotte we have so much in common."

    o yea welcome to the board to, if you got any questions there's a couple of UNC students (I'm one by the way) who are happy to answer anything.
  • rubbs77rubbs77 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    Thanks, unccadet! How is the weather at NC? For dorms w/out A/C, is it a problem during the late spring, summmer? And do most students get around campus on foot? on bike? buses?
  • unccadet08unccadet08 Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    its pretty hot and humid early fall. I have no A/C and my fans ran 24/7 and it still felt hot in the rooms. But it really wasn't that bad. I think put the fans away in october and I still haven't needed to take them back out again. Winter time is fine, all rooms have heaters. It kinda sucks not having A/C but its not that bad and I've actually heard some people who have A/C and complain that it gets too cold in their rooms.

    Most students get around on foot. A lot of students have bikes but they don't always use them. I have a bike and its just gaining rust. I only used it last semester when I was in a hurry, like when I woke up 10 minutes before class started and I needed a fast way to get to class. The bus system here is great, but most of the time its just easier to walk. The U bus will take u to Franklin street and the P2P is the night bus around campus. There's also the TTA that will take you to South Point Mall in Durham. You can bring your bike but you really don't need it. You can pretty much walk everywhere.
  • mradiomradio Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    If you bring a bike, bring two locks. A few first-year friends gave me that advice.
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