Housing, Dining and Transportation


Living on campus will be very different this fall. It’s important for residents to make the most informed housing decision that suits their individual circumstances. These changes will alter the on-campus experience 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. 
  • All residential students may cancel their housing contract for any reason and without penalty prior to 5:00 p.m. August 7, 2020. After August 7 or following move-in, whichever comes first, student-initiated contract cancellations will be accompanied by the standard cancellation costs. 
  • All students who cancel their fall housing contract (including those students participating in Carolina Away) prior to August 7, will be given priority for on-campus housing in the Spring 2020 semester. Information regarding spring housing will be available in early October. 
  • 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.  


  • Unlike previous years, we will have a general move-in for all students the week of Aug. 3 – Aug. 9, 2020 
  • Move-in will be by appointment.
  • View the  Housing 2020-21 Move-In guide for information on what to expect on your assigned move-in day. 

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.


To provide maximum flexibility, all Meal Plan participants may cancel their dining contract for any reason and without penalty through Aug. 2, 2020. Beginning Aug. 3, 2020 (the first day Meal Plans begin) student-initiated Meal Plan cancellations will be accompanied by the standard cancellation costs set forth in the Carolina Dining Services Meal Plan Policies. If you wish to cancel your dining Meal Plan, visit onecard.unc.edu, select “One Card Login” and log in with your ONYEN and password, and then click on “Drop Meal Plan.”

Carolina Dining Services is maintaining an updated FAQ on their website. They are selling meal plans and will have dine-in tabletop seating on a limited basis in Lenoir and Chase. Meal plans are limited to students living in on-campus housing, and service from Lenoir and Chase is limited to those with meal plans.

  • The number of meal plans for the fall semester has been reduced to three options: 1) six meals per week w/$200 declining balance, 2) 14 meals per week w/$100 declining balance, and 3) 21 meals per week w/$50 declining balance. Declining balance funds can be used for purchases in other dining and convenience locations.
  • Face masks do not have to be worn in dining settings when eating or drinking.
  • Mobile food ordering will be installed, where practical, for additional flexibility and options.

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. Operating hours and services may be modified based on specific building requirements and/or service needs. Visit Carolina Dining Services website for updated information.

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

Other measures to provide food service options may include:

  • Mobile food ordering apps
  • Take-out options for faster service
  • Off-campus food delivery to designated pick-up stations on campus


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​