UNC Visitors Center FAQs

The UNC Visitors Center welcomes guests to Carolina. Below are frequently asked questions that may be helpful as you prepare for your visit. If you have additional questions, please call us at 919-962-1630.

General information

What services does the Visitors Center provide?

The UNC Visitors Center serves as the front door to Carolina. We conduct tours of the University, provide guests with directions and share all the wonderful stories that make Carolina such an amazing place. Whether you’re setting foot on campus for the first or 500th time, the UNC Visitors Center has something for you.

Is the Visitors Center part of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions?

No. The UNC Visitors Center is not part of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For prospective undergraduate admissions tours, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or call 919-966-3621.

Where is the Visitors Center located?

The UNC Visitors Center temporarily operates out of the rotunda in Hill Hall, 145 E. Cameron Avenue. Please note that public parking is not available at Hill Hall.

When is the Visitors Center open?

The UNC Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitors Center follows the University’s calendar and is closed on the following dates:

      • Thanksgiving: Nov. 26 and 27, 2019
      • Winter break: Dec. 24-31, 2019
      • New Year’s Day: Jan. 1, 2020
      • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 20, 2020
      • Spring holiday: April 10, 2020
      • Memorial Day: May 25, 2020

What is there to see and do while visiting campus?

Carolina offers many different attractions to experience during your visit. The UNC Visitors Center also maintains a list of campus attractions.

Does the Visitors Center accept walk-ins on tours?

Guests are asked to register in advance for a tour to ensure tours do not go over capacity. However, if a tour is about to begin and there is space, walk-ins are accepted and can register on site.

Tour information

What is the Sense of Place tour?

The UNC Visitors Center’s Sense of Place walking tour introduces guests to Carolina’s history, traditions and hallmarks, as well as some of the University’s current and future endeavors. This is not an admissions tourand details about student housing, financial aid, applying to Carolina and other information for prospective students is not shared on this tour.

When are tours offered?

The time and days that our tours are offered vary based on the type of tour. For the most current information, visit the link for the tour that you are interested in.

Where do tours depart? Where do tours end?

Tours begin in the rotunda of Hill Hall, 145 E. Cameron Ave., and end at Kenan Stadium.

How do I sign up for a tour?

To sign up for a tour, visit the appropriate link below. You can also call the Visitors Center at 919-962-1630 or send an email to uncvisitorscenter@unc.edu.

What is the policy for inclement weather?

The UNC Visitors Center reserves the right to cancel tours due to inclement weather. This includes, but is not limited to, rain, thunderstorms, extreme heat and extreme cold.

How do I cancel my tour?

To cancel a tour, call us at 919-962-1630.

How much do tours cost?

All tours offered by the UNC Visitors Center are free of charge.

What is the Graduate Student tour?

The Graduate Student tour provides prospective, admitted and accepted graduate students with information on Carolina’s history, traditions and hallmarks while also highlighting available resources for Carolina graduate students.

Does the UNC Visitors Center offer tours for school groups?

Yes! The Visitors Center offers a school group tour for elementary and middle school groups. These tours are scheduled on a case-by-case basis by calling the Visitors Center at 919-962-1630 for more information. High school group tours are arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 919-966-3621.

What are the Priceless Gem tours?

The UNC Visitors Center promotes a special series of campus tours — the Priceless Gems — about specific aspects of Carolina’s history. These scholar-led tours are free, open to the public and last about 90 minutes. The Priceless Gem tours provide extraordinary opportunities to explore specific topics in depth with an expert in the field.


Parking and transportation

Where can I park on campus?

Visitors to campus may park in the following areas on campus:

  • Ram’s Head Parking Deck, 104 Ridge Road
  • Morehead Planetarium Lot, 250 E. Franklin Street
  • Raleigh Road Lot, located on Raleigh Road, one block east of Country Club Road
  • Marked street parking along South and Country Club roads

All parking costs $1.75 per hour.

Where can I park off campus?

Visitors may find parking off campus through parkonthehill.com. This website provides parking options available in the town of Chapel Hill.

How does parking work for campus events (athletics, concerts, plays, graduation, etc.)?

For information on parking for events, visit https://move.unc.edu/events/.

Is there parking at the Visitors Center?

No, there is no public parking at the UNC Visitors Center.

Does the UNC Visitors Center validate parking?

No, the UNC Visitors Center does not validate parking.

Where is the closest parking to the UNC Visitors Center?

The closest public parking options to the Visitors Center are as follows:

  • Available street parking on Franklin Street at the rate of $1.50 per hour
  • The Wallace Parking Deck, located at 150 East Rosemary Street, for $1 per hour
  • The Rosemary Parking Deck, located at 125 East Rosemary Street, for $1 per hour
  • The Rosemary/Columbia lot, located at 100 East Rosemary Street, for $1.50 per hour

What are the parking options for weeknight parking?

  • Download the ParkMobile App. If you park in a campus lot Monday through Thursday after 5 p.m., enter 4500 and pay $1 for the entire evening.
  • Metered hourly parking is available in the Dogwood Deck for $1.50 per hour
  • Metered parking is available throughout campus for $1.75 per hour
  • One-night temporary passes cost $1 and are available in designated lots across campus
  • For more information, visit Parking and Transportation for University visitors