Life in Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill is a small college town, but UNC has made it a magnet for interesting people and activities. Combined with its close neighbor, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area has roughly 85,000 residents. The area boasts rich cultural, food, historic, and sports opportunities that allow students to experience college and community life in the United States. The city is served by the extensive Chapel Hill Transit bus system, which is free to use.
Although Chapel Hill itself is small, it makes up one of the corners of the Research Triangle. The Research Triangle is the common name for the research-intensive and cosmopolitan area which has grown up around UNC, Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city and the largest city in the Triangle. Cooperation among these universities and the high concentration of talented researchers in the Triangle spawned the Research Triangle Park, a development of research facilities including bases for IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many other companies and research organizations. All of these high-tech institutions contribute to the financial and intellectual prosperity of this beautiful region of North Carolina, consistently ranked as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. Rolling hills, gentle winters, picturesque dairy farms all add to the lovely setting of Chapel Hill, the Southern Part of Heaven.