Housing, Dining and Transportation


Spring 2021 Housing Updates

Move-In Process and Timeline

Move-in will occur between January 13 and January 17, 2021 by appointment only and only after the re-entry testing requirement has been met.  As with our Fall 2020 Move-In process, you must plan to adhere to the University’s Community Standards during Spring 2021 Move-In. We will share additional information including required safety measures and details about scheduling a move-in appointment in the coming weeks.

For the latest information, including rates, cancellation policy, available residence facilities, community standards and re-entry and evaluation testing, visit the Carolina Housing site.

Community Standards and University Guidelines

Further restrictions on the use of common spaces and access to in-person services will also be imposed, with details to follow. These changes remain in effect in all Carolina Housing facilities on-campus this fall:

  • Masks are required in suites/apartments and in all common areas. Masks are not required while in your assigned room with the door closed. 
  • For the health and wellbeing of residents and housing staff, residence hall visitation will be suspended until further notice with the exception of approved accommodations (e.g., personal health aides). Only residents officially assigned to a particular room/suite/apartment/building are permitted to be physically present in those spaces. 
  • University Housekeeping staff are performing enhanced cleaning/disinfection of “high touch” areas (elevator buttons, exterior door handles, etc.), common areas (laundry rooms, lounges, kitchens, etc.) and restrooms throughout each day. 
  • New residents should self-monitor for symptoms and alert Campus Health if symptoms develop or if they become aware of exposure or close contact to an individual who has tested positive. 

Craige North Residence Hall will be used to provide housing to residential students who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus but do not have a confirmed diagnosis through testing. Parker Residence Hall will be used to provide housing to residential students who test positive for  COVID-19. 

Additional information is available on the Housing website.  

Living Off-Campus

For students living off-campus, UNC Healthy Heels has suggested guidelines to help everyone exist more safely around one another.

Living with roommates in college has benefits of social connection and shared costs. But everyone you encounter – roommates included – will have a varying risk tolerance for behaviors related to COVID-19. Some may have a condition that puts them at serious risk of illness or be close to someone who does. When out and about, you can help protect you and your community by wearing your mask, waiting at a distance, and washing your hands often.

Check out the UNC Healthy Heels page for steps you can take to have a safe, healthy semester living off-campus.


September 4, 2020 Update

With the recent decrease in campus population and reduced dining operations, Carolina Dining Services is re-opening access to Chase Dining Hall and Lenoir Hall to all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Chase Dining Hall will offer door rates based on meal periods for those without meal plans.

  • Breakfast: $9 + tax
  • Lunch/Brunch: $13 + tax
  • Dinner: $13.50 + tax

Hours of operation and menus

Meal Plan participants who are cancelling their housing contract and moving off campus may cancel their dining contract without a cancellation penalty ($250). A cancellation will result in prorated charges to the fall portion of the 2020-21 Meal Plan and will be credited back to the student’s account on a prorated basis at Student Accounts and University Receivables based on either the date of student initiated cancellation, the day of  housing move out or the day that the student last used their meal plan, whichever is later.

Any student requesting a cancellation after August 30, 2020 will need to submit a Meal Plan Appeal Form.

NOTE: Any student moving off campus who wants to retain their current meal plan and not cancel may do so. No additional steps need to be taken.

Chase Dining Hall and Lenoir Hall offer dine-in and takeout/pickup options. Dine-in capacity is limited; tables have been spaced to support physical distancing and only one patron per table is permitted. Pickup options are available via the GET APP which accepts Flex and Carolina Convenience as forms of payment.

Per the University Guidelines on Face Masks and Physical Distancing, all patrons to these locations will be required to wear facial coverings/masks upon entering and masks may only be removed if eating or drinking. Additionally, directional signage will provide specific cues for maintaining at least 6 feet physical distance from other patrons and dining staff.

The following operational changes will be evident in all Carolina Dining operations at Lenoir and Chase and dining locations across campus.

  • To maintain physical distancing and maximum capacity requirements Dining Halls will allow one student per table.
  • Seating at all other Dining Services locations will follow physical distancing requirements. Only single-use cutlery and service ware will be provided.
  • Automatic hand sanitizers will be available throughout dining areas.
  • All self-service food stations will be eliminated.
  • Signage promoting safe dining practices will be posted throughout dining halls and convenience locations.
  • Dining table and chair surfaces in Lenoir and Chase will be sanitized after each use.
  • Restrooms be will be cleaned hourly.
  • Carolina Dining Services employees will be screened daily; symptomatic employees will not come to work or will be sent home.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed at cashier stands.
  • Lines at food entrances and food stations will be measured off for 6-foot distance separations and monitors will actively monitor lines for compliance.
  • UNC Environment, Health and Safety is reviewing Aramark’s COVID-19 operations guidelines.

All other on-campus convenience facilities operated by Carolina Dining Services are planning to remain open to serve students. Revised operating hours and services began August 24.  Visit Carolina Dining Services website for updated information.

Food trucks will be located across campus to provide additional meal options.



Transportation and Parking

Transportation and Parking is implementing strategies for Fall 2020 to optimize on-campus parking availability and increase contactless customer service options. These strategies were developed in collaboration with campus representatives from the  Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT)  and others within the community to understand and support changes to commuter populations, including teleworking and hybrid learning schedules, and to mitigate impacts related to transit capacity reductions associated with physical distancing. The specific strategies incorporated for Fall 2020 include:
  • Permit year to begin August 1
  • Virtual parking permit (no hangtag required)
  • Teleworking/Hybrid Class Schedule (commuter) reduced pricing
  • Semester permits for commuting students
  • Weeknight Parking permits honored at 4 pm in designated lots
  • Increased daily on-campus parking options
Transportation and Parking is also taking measures to provide customer service approaches that incorporate community standards including online parking registration, virtual permits, mobile technology for daily/hourly parking options, and limited requirements for in-person office visits. Local and regional transit providers (see agency websites for specific measures) have also implemented safety precautions that include:
  • Mask required (posted in vehicles)
  • Mask and hand sanitizer available in vehicle (when needed)
  • Limit passengers based on vehicle size (10 per bus on standard size)
  • Separate driver and passenger(s)
  • Rear-door boarding where possible
  • Marked seating (6-feet)
  • Route consolidation with additional buses to accommodate demand, and
  • Increased sanitation of vehicles
Summer parking remains available in lots throughout campus for employees and students through July 31.  Fall parking and transportation information is available at UNC Transportation and Parking website.
August 1 
  • Parking regulations will be in effect
  • Employees should contact department parking coordinators for Fall parking assignments
  • Student parking availability information can be found at Academic Year Parking Registration


Transit Services (Operating with Social Distancing) ​

Local Transit​

Regional Transit​