For many UNC students, there comes a time to trade in shower shoes for mailbox keys, RAs for landlords and a suite-full of roommates to (hopefully) fewer.
Navigating off-campus housing, however, is no small feat. The Editorial Board has been there, so we have put together our best advice for moving out of dorms and into the Chapel Hill community.
Know your options
There’s no shortage of options for the soon-to-be tenant. Knowing the differences between them all is key to finding a housing situation that works well for your needs.
A popular choice among those new to off-campus living are high-rise apartment complexes, specifically those advertised as student living solutions. Complexes such as Lark (real ones remember when it was called “Lux”) and Union tout fully-furnished units and luxury amenities. Although not explicitly for students, The Warehouse advertises premium living just a short distance from campus.
You could also choose to live in a duplex or triplex, or homes divided into two or three separate units, respectively. Like apartment complexes, you may ultimately share a wall or two with your neighbor, but often at a lower cost.
Lastly, you could grab some buddies to live in a house together. Costs vary depending on the number of bedrooms and location, leading to a wider variety of homes to choose from.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of off-campus living solutions, but it is a great starting place for those who are new to the complicated process of choosing a home without the help of UNC’s housing portal.