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Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to UNC Chapel Hill!

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus residential community of over 8,500 student residents. Living on campus is one of the best ways to get connected and smooth out your transition to UNC.

We at Carolina Housing work to create an inclusive on-campus housing environment that promotes personal development, citizenship, involvement, and leadership for the students who live on campus.

Housing for transfer students is assigned on a first come, first served basis, so it's best to apply as soon as you're sure you want to live on campus.

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Below you'll find information on how to apply, what to expect from the housing assignment process and more pertinent information for transfer students.

Steps to Apply

We will not assign housing to transfer students automatically. You are required to submit an application for housing if you wish to live on campus. Transfer students are assigned in the order applications are received, so it's best to apply as soon as you're sure you want to live on campus.

Step 1: Research Residential Learning Programs

  • Transfer students are welcome to apply to a Residential Learning Programs (RLPs). These programs are a great way to meet new friends who share common interests and get connected to the campus. 
  • Transfer United is an RLP specifically designed for transfer students' unique needs. Transfer students are also welcome to apply for Global Scholars House, Sustainability, WELL, Pride Place, and Balance. 

Step 2: Research Campus Communities

On your application, you will be prompted to rank your preferred residential areas from north and south campus as well as apartments. This way, no matter which region of campus you end up being assigned, you will have had the opportunity to let Housing know which areas you prefer.

Just keep in mind, we can't guarantee you will be assigned to one of your preferred areas; it all depends what space is available after current students select their housing. In addition to varying rates for each of the options, the basic differences are:

  • North/middle campus residence hall - This region of campus is typically desirable due to the proximity of the residence halls to academic buildings; many upper class students opt for this region of campus. Rooms on northern campus are corridor style, while rooms on middle campus are suite style.
  • South campus residence hall - This region of campus is a great environment for students new to UNC, because residents are often eager to meet new people and get connected to campus; community programs are well attended, and students describe this region of campus as having a very "social atmosphere." Rooms on southern campus are suite style, housing four to eight students per suite
  • Ram Village Apartments (Building 2) - This southern campus apartment-style accommodation will offer three bedrooms per unit, with each bedroom housing two students (in other words, six students per apartment). This option is similar to living in a suite on southern campus, but you have the added bonus of a full kitchen and a shared living room.
  • Ram Village Apartments (Building 1, 3, 5 or Taylor Hall) - This southern campus apartment-style accommodation offers four bedrooms per unit, with each bedroom housing only one student (four students per apartment). This option is a great way to have your own room, a full kitchen and a shared living room, while getting to know three other apartment-mates.
  • You can view all of our residence halls/apartments by location on this page.

On your application, you will be prompted to rank your preferred buildings on campus. This way, no matter which region of campus you end up being assigned, you will have had the opportunity to let Housing know which areas you prefer.

Just keep in mind, we can’t guarantee you will be assigned to one of your preferred areas; it all depends what space is available after current students select their housing.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

  • Apply at the Housing Portal at myhousing.unc.edu.
  • The Residential Learning Program application is also available at myhousing.unc.edu.
  • You can apply for housing as soon as you have confirmed your intent to enroll at Carolina. The priority deadline for transfer students to apply for housing is June 15.
  • There is no deposit required to apply for housing.
  • Transfer students are assigned in the order applications are received, with the first assignments issued in July. It's best to apply as soon as you're sure you want to live on campus. You may still submit a Housing Application through the end of summer, but your application will be processed after the students who met the priority deadline.
  • Residential Learning Program Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so if you are interested in an RLP, it's best to apply as early as possible.
  • The Housing Application becomes the Housing Contract upon submission, and cancellation penalties are effective immediately.
  • If you have chronic or severe medical condition that should influence your Housing assignment, note that on the application. Visit the page Chronic or Severe Medical Condition Accommodations Request for more information on how to proceed.

Step 4: Get Your Housing Assignment

  • First assignments will be issued in late June.
  • Charges will be applied to your student account in early August.
  • You will receive an email communicating your official Housing Assignment, roommate information, and move-in date and time.
  • Once you've been assigned, you can also view your Housing Assignment and roommate(s) online at myhousing.unc.edu.

Step 5: Move on Campus!

Check in at the Community Office that serves the residence hall where you have been assigned to pick up your key and start moving in.

Transfer Student FAQ

These frequently asked questions should help you understand more about living on campus. If you have a question not addressed here or in the "Steps to Apply" above, please reach out to us at housing@unc.edu or 919-962-5401.

Do I Have to Live on Campus?

Transfer students are not required to live on campus. That said, living on campus has many benefits that transfer students will find valuable when beginning their Carolina experience.

Can I Live by Myself as a Transfer Student?

Yes, potentially. While we cannot guarantee where you'll be assigned, we do offer private bedrooms in Ram Village apartments for transfer students, so be sure to rank that highest when selecting your housing building style preferences.

I’m Thinking About Living at Granville – What’s the Difference?

Although Granville Towers is considered a partner to UNC Housing, Granville Towers is managed by a private entity, and contracts are issued independently of Carolina Housing. It’s important to note that contracts are not transferable between UNC Housing and Granville Towers. Visit the Granville Towers website at http://www.granvilletowers.com/ for more information.

Can I Request a Roommate When I Apply?

Sure! You may request a roommate when you apply online for housing. It is important that both students list each other on their applications.

What if I Don’t Have a Roommate?

  • If you don't have a roommate in mind, don't worry! The Assignments Team will work to place you with another upper class student in a similar situation. 
  • You can also use the Housing Portal to search through potential roommates based on their living and study habits, and exchange email communication through the portal.

How Do I Cancel My Housing Contract After I Apply?

Visit our Housing Contract page and reference the "New Students: Cancellation Policies" section for information on cancellation. 

First-year and transfer students who cancel after submitting an application are charged a $200 penalty up until opening or taking possession of the room key, whichever occurs first.  After opening or receipt of room key, the cancellation penalty is 50% of the total contract value (full academic year).  We do not charge students a cancellation penalty if they do not attend Carolina.

When and How Does Move-in Work?

Dates for move-in change from year to year. Students attending the last Transfer Student Orientation session can arrive at 9:00 a.m. on the day before orientation to move in.  Otherwise, students assigned to southern campus residence halls can move in either Friday or Saturday of opening weekend, according to their room number.  Arrival times are staggered by last name.  Students assigned to northern campus residence halls can move in on Saturday of opening weekend. Students assigned to Ram Village can move in any time beginning Wednesday prior to opening weekend. This website will post move-in dates prominently when they are available.

Do I Have to Leave During Breaks?

Residence halls only close over the Winter and Summer Breaks. Ram Village apartments remain open over the Winter Break as well and allows students to extend their lease over the summer for an additional fee. Visit our page Break Housing for more information.

How Much Does Housing Cost? How Do I Pay?

Visit our Rates page for up-to-date information on Housing rates. 

The Office of University Accounts will bill in mid-July for tuition and housing, as well as any other charges associated with the University, and payments will be due through your student account. You will not make a payment directly to the Housing office.

When Can I Apply to be an RA?

Students can become an RA after completing one semester on campus. The application process begins at the end of the fall semester.

Can I Change Rooms if I Have Difference With My Roommate?

We value the comfort and safety of our residents. If there is no amicable way you can deal with differences with a roommate/roommates or if there is another valid issue with your room assignment, you can request a room change. Beginning after the second week of fall semester and continuing throughout the academic year, students can request a move through their community office. You may also submit a Housing Reassignment Request.

***Requesting a room change does not guarantee a room change.***

What's My Living Space Going to be Like?

Visit the Your Living Space section of this website to get details on what you can and can not bring, what's in the room and what to do when you leave at the end of the semester.