As a requirement for all first-years, most UNC students receive the on-campus housing experience sometime during their time in Chapel Hill.
Through renovations and new developments in on-campus housing, the University attempts to balance both student needs and affordability.
But as the campus ages, residence halls across campus have undergone smaller-scale renovations over the past few years, such as central air upgrades, new windows and new tiling.
“They (the buildings) are very nice in some cases, but it's a room smaller than you would probably otherwise want to share with another human being,” Allan Blattner, executive director of Carolina Housing, said. “But we have to take this experience, and meld it into the Carolina experience for our students.”
In the summer of 2019, window units in Stacy Residence Hall were replaced with a centralized HVAC system, and Joyner Residence Hall received the same upgrade in the following summer.
Between May and September 2022, UNC also replaced washing machines and dryers across campus.
More robust plans were part of the 2019 University Master Plan, which incorporated a variety of construction and design plans for a 15-year timeline. The Planning and Design Department of Facilities Services developed the plan with input from Carolina Housing.
“Part of what's hard about the Master Plan is the kind of work that we need to do in the buildings can't just be done in a summer anymore. We've done most of those projects,” Blattner said.
Part of the Master Plan includes South Campus' Odum Village, a former graduate housing complex that has since been partially demolished and left unoccupied. The land that the complex sits on is intended to be a part of the "Campus South Hub" zone that is outlined in the Master Plan.