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Friday September 30th

Off-Campus Housing



Chapel Ridge Apartments is an off-campus apartment complex where many UNC students live.

Town officials, students concerned about uncertainty of off-campus COVID-19 reporting

Uncertainty regarding the accuracy of off-campus students’ COVID-19 testing and reporting persists. Carrboro Town Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell said she is concerned about the accuracy of off-campus student case reporting. Taylor Steele, a senior at UNC who lives in off-campus apartment complex Chapel Ridge, said she believes there are cases at Chapel Ridge, even though she said she hasn’t received any notification from the apartment complex about testing, reporting or positive cases.  Courtney Schnee, the senior vice president and asset manager at Northwood Ravin, said Northwood Ravin has taken several steps to limit the spread of coronavirus at its Chapel Hill properties, including using hospital-grade sanitizing misters and restricting the capacity of amenities such as the pool.

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An off-campus house on Franklin Street pictured on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

As students look to the fall, questions about off-campus housing remain

With the non-traditional shortened semester for fall 2020 and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, some UNC students are left scrambling for off-campus housing and are attempting to negotiate current leases. According to UNC Media Relations, the Office of Off-Campus Student Life said students should work with their housing providers to “determine what works best for them” and contact Student Legal Services if they need assistance negotiating their lease.

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Chapel Ridge Apartments is an off-campus apartment complex where many UNC students live.

Students struggle to pay rent and negotiate leases due to economic impact of COVID-19

As the pandemic continues, it is becoming harder for students to keep up with housing payments. Some students have tried renegotiating their leases, but not all landlords have been willing to cooperate. Legal experts said landlords have different levels of flexibility, and may be unable to reduce rent or waive fees. However, they still encouraged students to discuss any issues with their landlords.

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