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Carolina Housing

Upper & Lower Quad Neighborhood

Alexis Thornton

Community Director

Alexis Thornton
alexisan@email.unc.edu

Community Office
919-843-5792


Quick Facts

Nickname: OCUQ & OCLQ
Location: North Campus
Walk to the Pit: 5 minutes
Building Style: Hall Style
Office: Residence Hall One - Graham Breezeway

Residence Halls

everett hall

Learn what it’s like to be part of which Squad? Upper Quad!

With its rich history, beautiful landscaping, and close proximity to classes, Olde Campus Upper Quad – or simply, Upper Quad – is a great place to live. Upper Quad is made up of six different buildings, four of which form a quad at the corner of Cameron Avenue and Raleigh Street. Each of the buildings were named for alumni, lawyers, leaders, and University trustees. 

But don’t let the history of this community fool you into thinking the vibe is sleepy or stagnant – there is much fun to be had!  Lay out in the quad on a sunny day, get moving and play some volleyball, or meet new friends at the weekly community program. Our OCUQ Crew cannot wait to meet all of you. Join us for the OCU-BBQ, a traditional event that gets all OCUQ residents outside on the quad to kick back, enjoy the April weather and celebrate the year!

Welcome to OCLQ!

Located on bustling Raleigh Street, Olde Campus Lower Quad – or simply, Lower Quad – offers a small-community feel near the heart of northern campus. This traditionally social yet academically-focused community includes five hall-style buildings situated around a peaceful, grassy quad.

OCLQ boasts a sand volleyball court, famous DVD collection, ample study space, multiple television lounges, and a fantastic location. Lenoir Dining Hall, the Student Union, Davis Library, Coker Arboretum, Battle Park, Franklin Street, and other northern campus communities are only a short walk away. Recently renovated study lounges connect all-female Residence Hall One and all-male Graham and serve as the community’s social hub.

Built in the 1920s and 1930s, OCLQ’s buildings were named after five Carolina alumni: Charles Brantley, William Nash Everett,  John Washington Graham, Richard Henry Lewis, and Marvin Hendrix Stacy.

The Olde Dirty Bash, OCLQ’s annual party, is renowned as Carolina’s biggest end-of-year event. Started by a Carolina student over ten years ago, this tradition has become an enormous celebration with inflatables, t-shirt giveaways, free food, and live music. Come check it out and get involved this upcoming spring!

What Tar Heels are Saying

“I love my community’s location. Hop across the road one direction, and I’m at the library or dining hall; hop across the road the other direction, and I’m strolling through the woods or the arboretum. It’s perfect!”

- Brittany, OCLQ resident

"One of the most difficult parts of growing up is coming to the realization that your friends are busy people who now have work, class and tons of obligations to juggle. Because of this, I’ve come to appreciate more and more those moments when you get all of your friends together to eat, laugh or just hang out. Thanks to Residence Hall One/Graham’s third floor lounge, I had those moments every day."

-From "Our Space" blog post by Sam, OCLQ resident

“I love how beautiful the Quad gets right as the sun breaks the sky open. I love my frequent runs through the Arboretum.  I love waking up every day to the Old Well outside my window. And the icing on the cake is that I'm only two minutes from all of my classes."

–Toyosi, OCUQ resident
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