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Home of the Tar Heels

Town of Chapel Hill
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For two centuries, the Town of Chapel Hill has supported Carolina and has been a critical partner in the University’s mission to serve our state, nation and world through teaching, research and public service. Carolina is proud to be located in this Southern Part of Heaven.

Discover why Tar Heels call Chapel Hill home not just for the years they are here, but for life.

Get to know the town

Our campus, our town and our people are all part of the mystique that makes students call Chapel Hill “home” for four years — or for a lifetime.

Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States — a reputation guided by the diverse social, cultural and professional opportunities that flow between the campus and town. From live music and eclectic dining to quiet trails and parks, discover more about Chapel Hill.

  • 59,246residents
  • 18.7miles of on-street bicycle facilities
  • 95+restaurants and bars
  • 384acres of parks
  • 17miles of greenway
  • 2ndlargest transit system in North Carolina

Partners and good neighbors

  • Franklin Street

    Good Neighbor Initiative builds relationships for students, town residents

    The Good Neighbor Initiative — a partnership between the University, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and several community organizations — is working to strengthen the connections between Carolina students and long-time residents to help Tar Heels thrive in off-campus housing.

  • A man wearing a face covering walks on the sidewalk.

    Supporting our neighbors

    Like most cities, Chapel Hill looks and feels different right now because of the effects of COVID-19. Despite that, businesses in downtown and across Chapel Hill are open. Now is our chance as a campus community to support our local businesses and give back to the town that has brought so much to Carolina.

  • Antonio McBroom holds a milkshake at the Chapel Hill Ben and Jerry's shop.

    Portraits of Chapel Hill

    Meet some of the Tar Heel alumni who run beloved local businesses in Chapel Hill.