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With over 900 residents, and many of them first-year students, Hinton James is one of the most social residential communities on campus. Hinton James – or HoJo for short – is an ideal community for making the transition to college and meeting others who are eager to get connected to everything going on at Carolina.
There is always a volleyball or pick-up basketball game going on, but if sports aren’t your thing, you can cook in the floor kitchens, hang out in the lounges or spend time talking to friends on the balconies.
The hall is named after Hinton James, UNC’s first student, who actually traveled from Wilmington to Chapel Hill on foot! HoJo residents get their own healthy walk to class each morning if they opt not to take the bus. But former HoJo residents affectionately reflect on that walk as an experience that bonded them together and created a sense of community.
Also, Hinton James is located very close to the Dean Smith Center, so getting to basketball games is easy. On nights of a Carolina victory, you will hear “TAR!” and “HEELS!” chanted back and forth between HoJo and Ehringhaus.
“I love seeing the excitement of the first-years and the upbeat vibe that the dorm always seems to have. There’s always music playing in the lobby and events going on.”~Zahra, HoJo RA
“HJ is a tradition. Everyone has this idea that it is too far from north campus, but I feel like my experience at Carolina would not be the same if I did not live in HJ my first year.”~Rachel W, HoJo resident
“I had heard from older students that, being the biggest dorm, Hinton James was the best place to meet lots of other freshmen. Living here, I can attest to the fact that Hinton James has to be the most fun freshman dorm! The RAs are all so excited for us to be here and always have fun events planned, which you may not find in a dorm with older students.”~Rachel M, HoJo resident
“My favorite part of HoJo is the view. In the fall, there is a sea of changing colors and when the (State) Fair is in town, you can see the Ferris wheel from the 9th and 10th floors.”~Megan, HoJo resident