Current Residents

Current Students: Cancellation Penalties

This cancellation policy applies to "current students" which we define as a student who is/was enrolled at UNC at the time of signing a housing contract for the following academic year, regardless of whether they lived on or off campus at the time of signing the contract.

Cancel in Writing
To cancel your Housing Contract, you must do so in writing. Notifying other University departments cannot effect cancellations. You may cancel your Housing Contract by emailing the Department of Housing and Residential Education at housing@unc.edu (recommended) or by faxing a letter to 919-962-1006.

  • Include your full name, PID and a statement saying that you wish to cancel your housing.

Cancellation Penalties
The cancellation penalties increase as you approach occupancy:

  • Through March 31
    Once the contract has been completed, it becomes a contractual obligation. Cancellation after that point through March 31 will result in a $200 cancellation fee
  • From April 1 until occupancy
    If you cancel from April 1 until the official fall opening date, you will be charged 50% of one semester's rent.
  • After occupancy
    If you cancel after the residence halls officially open (or after you accept the room keys, whichever is earlier), you will be responsible for prorated rent plus 50% of the remaining contract value. Please refer to the housing contract for further clarification. 


Study Abroad

If you cancel your Housing Contract because you are leaving Chapel Hill to pursue a study abroad program or off-campus internship, you will not be subject to cancellation penalties. However, it is still required that you submit a written cancellation notice to the Housing Office, accompanied by a copy of your program's acceptance letter.

Financial Aid
If you defer payments through Financial Aid, you are responsible for any cancellation penalties assessed. Typically, Financial Aid does not cover cancellation penalties; therefore, students are individually responsible for assessments made to the student account.