UNC Live-On Requirement

Beginning fall 2010, students who have earned less than thirty hours of college credit after graduating high school and are enrolled in twelve or more hours at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill are required to live in campus student housing managed by the UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education. On-campus living provides distinct advantages and optimum learning environments for students.

Students who live on campus are more likely to interact with professors outside of class, attend cultural events, seek employment on campus, and participate in clubs and organizations. Living on campus can contribute to the overall success of the student through specialized programming designed to promote awareness of campus resources, encourage faculty and staff interactions, enhance leadership skills, and develop appropriate academic habits. By getting involved, students develop an identity with the larger university community, quickly develop social networks, and find opportunities for intellectual, spiritual, physical, and occupational growth.

All students who have earned less than thirty hours of college credit after graduating high school and are enrolled fulltime at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are required to apply for on-campus housing either:

1) through the UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education, or

2) through Granville Towers, which is leased through a separate management company but staffed by the UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education.

  • Students first enrolling in the summer are required to live in campus housing during the summer, fall, and spring semesters.
  • Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in the campus housing during the fall and spring semesters.


Exceptions to this policy include:

  • Student is 21 years old prior to the opening day for the residence halls as specified in the Academic Calendar for the term for which the waiver is requested
  • Student is living with his/her spouse and/or children
  • Student is military veteran with at least two years of active service
  • The student has a medical hardship that would require him/her to make other living arrangements


Waiver of First-Year Campus Live-On Requirement

A student applying for a waiver of the live-on requirement must meet the following conditions:

  • Fall under one or more of the exemption categories listed above.
  • Have an active housing application on file for the academic year in which the waiver is being sought, either with: 1) the Department of Housing and Residential Education or 2) Granville Towers.
  • File a formal request for a residency waiver (see appeal form)
  • Provide requisite information and documentation in support of the request.


Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Housing and Residential Education Assignments Office. 919-962-5401 or housing@unc.edu.

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