After living less than 10 minutes away from campus for over 3 years, I thought that moving to Durham and commuting to campus would be no big deal. I told myself “I’ll just make the 20-minute drive to campus and find a lot to park my car.” However, now having commuted back and forth between Chapel Hill and Durham, I realize I have grossly underestimated how big of a transition this was going to be. Continue reading
UNC is a big place, but luckily there are a myriad of resources to help students get around campus and Chapel Hill. Here are just a few suggestions for typical transportation troubles:
- I live on South campus and I overslept. Must get to class in 15 minutes!
You are in luck! Chapel Hill transit runs 2 main bus lines around campus, the U and the RU. See a map here. Both routes pick up every 15 minutes at each stop, so chances are, you’ll be able to catch a bus and get to class on time (hopefully!).
- At the library ‘til 2:30am studying for that Chem final and now I need to get back to my residence hall, but I don’t want to walk…
The P2P is a shuttle that runs around campus 7 nights a week from 7pm until 3am. Check out schedule info here. Part of the P2P service is a Library Safe Ride Shuttle that runs from the Union to housing locations, including fraternities and sororities on campus.
- I have a disability and I need a ride from Memorial Hall back to my residence hall.
The P2P also runs a Disability Services shuttle, 24 hours a day Monday through Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call P2P dispatch if you need a ride at (919) 962-P-TO-P (7867). You can also call them for a ride to Campus Health Services or the UNC Emergency Room in the event of an illness or injury.
Chapel Hill Transit also runs an EZ Rider program for qualified individuals. The service provides origin-to-destination transport within Chapel Hill to those unable to use the fixed route system because of a disability.
- I wanna go grocery shopping. How do I get to the nearest grocery store?
Chapel Hill Transit runs FREE buses around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Check out all routes and schedules here. To get to Weaver Street Market, a co-op grocery store and prepared foods market, or Harris Teeter in Carrboro, take the F route, the J route or the CW. All of them stop in front of Weaver Street. You can catch the F outside the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street. You can catch the J or the CW on campus in front of the Nursing School or across from Fraternity Court in front of Abernathy Hall.
Chapel Hill Transit buses typically run from Monday-Friday from 6:30am until 7pm, with some routes, like the J route, running until 11pm. A few routes also run on the weekend. If you have a smart phone, you can download one of these apps that tell you what bus stops are in your area and when to expect the next bus to come.
- I am flying home to New Jersey for Fall Break. How do I get to the airport?
UNC P2P has a free airport shuttle service the day before Fall, Thanksgiving, and Spring breaks! You must sign up in advance, starting 2 weeks prior to the break. The shuttle picks up at the P2P lot on Manning Drive (behind Morrison) and the SRC lot on South Road, and drops off at RDU. There is also a return shuttle service that runs the last day of the break (usually Sunday) from RDU back to campus.