Lofting Beds

As I answer questions for parents and incoming students at First-Year Orientation, I tend to see a lot of trends in what people are curious about. One thing that everyone wants to know is if and how the beds can be lofted. At Carolina we keep things simple: all beds in on-campus residence halls* can be lofted anytime throughout the year, you can do it yourself and you don’t need any tools! Here’s how it works.

*Beds in Granville Towers cannot be lofted.

loft your bedEach resident will have a set of the following pieces waiting in his or her room: Read More »

Healthy, Happy Houseplants: A College DIY

I am a lover of DIY dorm projects. They’re the perfect hobby when you’re a broke college student, yet still want your room to exude a cozy vibe. That being said, there’s one easy peasy project I’ve been seeing all over the internet lately, so I decided to try it out: potted succulents.

Photo via Pinterest

You might think, so potted plants, right? Why succulents? Succulent plants require barely any attention or gardening know-how. Put them in that sunny corner of your room and water them every week or two, and they’ll do fantastically; they live in deserts, after all. Even terra cotta pots are cheap! This is the perfect project for a college student looking to bring a little nature inside.

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New Student FAQs

UNC Housing has been making an appearance at New Student Orientation and answering a lot of questions. In case you didn’t see us at the info fair, or haven’t attended Orientation yet, we’ll try to answer the questions we’ve heard the most here!

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If I haven’t been assigned housing yet, will I get a room?

Yes! There are enough rooms on campus to accommodate everyone who has applied for housing. Housing is being assigned in several rounds, so if you have not received your assignment yet, you will during the month of July.

When do I move in?

Your move-in day will depend on your room number: odd-numbered rooms move in on Friday, August 15th, and even-numbered rooms move in on Saturday, August 16th. The time of day that you move in depends on your last name (check the Move-in Guide for those details). Read More »

The First Week!

If you’ve never lived in an on-campus residence hall, you might be struggling to imagine what it will be like to move in, get settled, and explore Chapel Hill. From the experience of a Tar Heel herself, here are a few helpful tips for starting your four-year adventure in the best place on earth.

Move-In Day

  • What to bring: Besides everything that needs to fit into your dorm room? You’ll want a pair of sneakers, a helpful parent or two, and maybe a dolly or hand truck to help get that new refrigerator down the hall.
  • Dress for the weather: Move-In Day is not the day to dress to impress. You’ll spend the day carrying heavy boxes up stairs in the sweltering August heat, so throw on a pair of gym shorts and start bonding with your fellow sweaty first-years! Read More »

Get Involved With Alpha Phi Omega!


What is it?

Alpha Phi Omega is UNC’s only co-ed fraternity with a dedication to community service. The organization’s three principles are leadership, friendship and service. UNC’s Rho chapter engages in service on campus and in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, as well as holding social events for brothers. APO works with Carolina Tiger Rescue, Adopt a Highway, the Human Rights Center, UNC Hospitals, Arc of Orange County, A Helping Hand, Battle ParkCharles’ House, TABLE, and other community organizations, as well as campus organizations such as Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life. The chapter also runs the UNC Lost and Found; they sell items that haven’t been claimed for a year and vote on the charities that receive the funds raised. The brothers hang out a lot too; they attend UNC baseball games together, play capture the flag in Coker Arboretum and paint pumpkins on the quad.

APO2How can first-years get involved?

Rush APO! The rush process at the beginning of the semester involves two weeks of attending as many service events and brotherhood socials as possible. It’s blind rush, which means new brothers are chosen solely based on how many events they attend during rush. Brothers can become leaders through APO by becoming one of the two presidents, three vice presidents or dozen officer positions, such as Intramural Chair or Historian. There is also a service committee, a membership committee, and a fellowship committee that any brother can join.

Although called a fraternity, APO is co-ed and any UNC student can rush. You can also be in a Greek fraternity or sorority and still join APO- membership isn’t exclusive!

How do I learn more?

You can check out the Rho chapter’s website, like them on Facebook, or contact either of the presidents at


Making Roomie Life A Bit Easier

Sharing about 200 square feet of space with someone day and night for an entire school year. It seems a daunting task, but some people, it seems, were born to live with a roommate. For the rest of us, it takes some getting used to. Start off on the right foot by recognizing these common causes of roomie spats ahead of time and avoiding them.

The unfortunate results of pent-up frustration: light saber battles.

The unfortunate result of pent-up roomie frustration: lightsaber battles.

The Ever-Present Sharing Question

Let me set the scene: you come home to your cozy room after a difficult test or several hours in the library, and all you can think about is the comforting, delicious chocolate bar you picked up from the Pit Stop yesterday, waiting for you on your shelf. But when you arrive, nothing is left but a few measly crumbs and that little bit of melted goodness stuck to the wrapper. We have arrived at the sharing question, and it doesn’t just apply to food. So what’s up for grabs when your roommate wants to use your stuff? Read More »

The Ultimate Chapel Hill Summer Bucket List

Hanging out in the Hill this summer? Whether you’re taking classes, interning, or just couldn’t bear to leave, Chapel Hill might just be the sweetest during the sweltering summer months. Check out this list of my favorite things to do around the area during a long, lazy summer. Read More »

Get Involved with UNC Habitat!


What is it?

UNC Habitat is a campus organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to provide affordable housing to low-income families. The houses are built by supervised volunteers and paid for with a nonprofit mortgage. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has helped almost 200 families in 25 years.

UNC Habitat sends members to sites every Friday and Saturday. Volunteers don’t need any experience building or tools, just a pair of sneakers, work clothes, and a positive attitude! Read More »

Last Minute Housing Questions?

Hey, UNC class of 2018! The priority deadline for the housing application is only two days away! If you have any last minute questions, now is the time to ask. First, check out the resources below, and if they don’t answer your question, leave a comment on this post so we can help you out! Housing staff will be checking in today and tomorrow to get your questions answered before you submit on Thursday, May 15th. Finish it by midnight that day to get first priority for room selection.

General resources:

The Incoming First Year Guide to Housing

The First Year Experience

Where should I live?

Communities at a Glance

Living-Learning Communities

What will my room look like?

Room dimensions, floor plans and furniture information

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Also check out the other posts on this blog for more information about Living-Learning Communities, community events and searching for a roommate.

Leave your questions in the comments so we can get back to you!

United through UNITAS


The UNITAS Living-Learning Community has a simple goal: promoting sociocultural diversity on campus. Members of this LLC learn about acceptance and challenge stereotypes.

Sponsored by UNC’s Department of Anthropology, UNITAS provides a unique opportunity to integrate study with hall activities. Several anthropology classes are reserved specifically for UNITAS members.

Members of the LLC are assigned roommates based on sociocultural differences rather than similarities. They participate in service through APPLES, a student-led UNC program that incorporates semester-long service into a class, and plan programs that encourage acceptance across campus.

Any current or future UNC student can apply to live in the UNITAS Living-Learning Community! Applicants are chosen based on an interest in diversity, open-mindedness and willingness to learn from others.

To see why students love UNITAS, watch this video. You can also read more about UNITAS here.

Living-Learning Communities are accepting applications now!