Home away from home

Where Carolina’s borders end, the town of Chapel Hill — a vibrant, welcoming community of 59,000 people — continues.

Discover Chapel Hill and Carrboro

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 and neighboring Carrboro.


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Get to know Chapel Hill

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.

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

Good neighbors

  • Tar heels help town purchase electric bus

    Thanks to $380,000 raised by a student-run group named the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee, Chapel Hill Transit will be able to acquire a third electric bus as part of its plan to pilot the battery electric buses. The buses will reduce emissions and improve local air quality.

  • 'This is my home'

    As a Town Council intern, rising junior Daniel Bowen is working alongside elected officials and staff at town hall to make Chapel Hill a more sustainable home for future generations.

  • Launching entrepreneurs

    A partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill, Launch has been serving the local community by providing area startups with the support and resources they need. In 2017 alone, Launch startups accounted for more than 1,100 employees and $20.6 million in revenue.

  • An artistic treatment

    Carolina's student Bollywood-fusion dance group teamed up with a Chapel Hill senior citizen center to launch a dance class for residents with diabetes. Participants reported an increase in self-esteem and coping ability, and some even saw their glucose levels decrease.