Hanging Your Hammock 101

A guide to the best eno spots on campus

Imagine this, it’s another perfect fall day on our idyllic campus. Students are strolling to class, falling leaves blend into the brick pathways, dogs are frolicking on the quad, you can’t walk two steps without seeing that gray North Carolina sweater, and an alpine coffee isn’t the same temperature as the air.  Everyone is back-sweat and worry free. And then you, being an intelligent and fun-loving person, decide the best way to celebrate this is to hang your hammock on campus. You congratulate yourself for going to class, grab your eno, and head to the nearest tree. As you approach, you realize with dread that everyone else had the same exact idea as you. Now what are you going to do?!

Never fear, UNC Housing is here! We have compiled a list of the best spots to eno on campus so that you’re sure to find a place.


  • Arboretum. Located at the corner of Cameron Avenue and Raleigh Road, the Arboretum is by far the prettiest place to eno on campus. Plenty of strong trees to hang your hammock, and lots flora and fauna to admire as you attempt to study.
  • Ehringhaus Lawn. A great location for all you South Campus hammockers, in the trees around Ehringhaus there are always a bunch of smart students hanging out in hammocks taking in a beautiful Chapel Hill day.
  • Polk Place (Upper Quad). A classic campus spot, it doesn’t get more #college than this.
  • Battle Park. A bit farther than the other spots, but the seclusion you can get at Battle Park if you’re willing to head down Franklin street is definitely worth it.
  • Outdoor Education Center. If you walk down Country Club Road you will come to the Outdoor Education Center, aka one of the coolest campus resources. There are a ton of trees so you’ll never be caught without somewhere to set up your eno, and chances are you’ll find a cool event going on too.
  • Trees by Stone Center. The trees can be a little dense here, but there are a couple great spots right in front of the Stone Center if you’re facing it from South Road. The lights from the porch of the Stone Center make it a great nighttime eno spot.

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After The First Week

You did it! You survived your first week of college. Maybe you’ve already met the group of people that you’ll be best friends with for the next four years. Maybe you signed up for a ton of clubs you’re super interested in. Maybe you love all your classes and maybe your professors are super cool and understanding.

Or maybe not.

If all of these things happened to you, then that’s awesome! But chances are they didn’t. And that’s okay too.

With the prominence of social media on campus it may seem like everyone is already having the time of their life, while you’re just stressed, homesick, and lonely. While some of the lucky ones may actually be having the time of their lives, way more people than you realize feel exactly like you. I remember my first week of college I was constantly going back and forth between being ecstatic and being sad. One second I’d be walking through the Pit overwhelmed with how much I loved my school and the next second I’d be calling my mom crying.

So to all the first-years out there so aren’t loving it yet… don’t worry, you will. You made it through your first week, and it only gets better. Soon you’ll meet your new best friends. Soon that cute boy in your Bio 101 class will sit next to you. Soon you’ll find a club you’re passionate about and be able to get super involved. Soon you’ll love UNC (almost) as much as I do.
Because even when you’re having a bad day, it’s ALWAYS a great day to be a Tarheel.


Dear Out of State Students,

Sup! Or as people here like to say.. Hey, how are y’all doing?

So you’ve decided to leave your home state and become a Tar Heel, huh? Whether you’ve crossed an ocean, the whole country, or simply a state border, congratulations! You’ve made it here now, and you’re part of the 18% that aren’t North Carolinian!

While that number may seem smaller than a dook heart (we’re talkin’ very small), it’s more than it seems and more than enough to make you feel at home. If you’re not from the South, one thing you’ll quickly learn about it is its spirit of welcome, manners, and warmth. As you grow a new sense of home here, those features of the South are definitely your friends.

Before the fall, I hadn’t given going out of state any thought, hadn’t even considered the change of Southern culture. After all, I was coming from only two states away! No big deal, right? Well, gonna be honest here, not expecting things to be different resulted in culture shock hitting me like a biology textbook in the face.

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Caffeinating on Campus

How to get your buzz on in a dorm room.

Having worked as a barista in high school, coffee has been an essential morning routine for years. Knowing that my days were only going to get busier in college, I was worried about how I would get good coffee in school without breaking the bank. If you’re an addict like me, never fear, I have included all my secrets on how to stay caffeinated on campus without ruining the environment and blowing money on a Keurig.

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The Uncheck List: 10 Things Not to Bring

It’s now only one month till move-in (!!!!), which means the thought of dorm shopping has probably crossed your mind two or three times. Or fifty, if you’re as nervous and clueless as I was last year.

While superstores are jumping to protest how you need need need the million decor options they offer, let’s set the record straight. The secret to packing for college is actually to avoid overpacking, which will leave your room cramped and your wallet cranky.

Here are 10 things I promise you’re better off leaving at home or on the shelf:

  1. T-shirts

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Notes from a Large-Scale Housing Veteran

A blaring siren cuts through the darkness of the room. I roll over and cover myself with my pillow, pretending this isn’t happening. Not now, not today… A sigh comes from beneath my lofted bed. My roommate grumbles as he slips into his Nike slides. I reluctantly sloth down from my mattress padded palace as he open our door. Light from the suite hallway floods our faces, causing me to squint. The obnoxious alarm, which I thought couldn’t get any worse, is now twice as loud and accompanied by strobing emergency lights. I pass by my half-awake suitemates and exit onto the hall balcony.

All ten stories of Morrison are up out of their beds.
Everyone is up. And everyone is angry.

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4 Must-Haves from the Student Stores Sale

Starting TODAY, the newly-bought UNC Student Stores is filled with a college student’s favorite 4-letter “S” word!

No, not that, silly. I’m talking about S-A-L-E.

Student Stores $0.99 Sale

The back of the store is basically an all-you-can-take, $0.99 buffet of everything from supplies to random knick-knacks. Being a wonderful combination of “Broke College Kid” and “Carolina Housing Intern”, I scoped out the sale for 5 things you NEED to up your dorm game:

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