Living and Learning in Chapel Hill
An Exciting Place To Learn, And A Wonderful Place to Live
UNC is more than just a great place to learn. It’s also located in a particularly great place to live; Chapel Hill, NC. Located nearby are Raleigh, and Durham, NC, as well as the internationally renowned Research Triangle Park.
Chapel Hill and neighboring locales offer a quality of life that is matched in few other locations. Whether your recreational interests are related to following top-ranked sports teams, five-star dining options, a world-class performing arts center, or beautiful landscapes, UNC is located in of one of the best places in America to call home.
Here are just a few examples of national recognition for Chapel Hill…and why we feel it has earned its long-standing moniker as “The Southern Part of Heaven.”
Chapel Hill Rankings:
- #2 tied for “Second best place to live in the U.S.”, according to “U.S. News & World Report; 2021.”
- #10 nationally among Money Magazine’s top 100 “Best Places to Live in America.”
- #3 by Business Insider in its ranking of “10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America.”
- #1 among the “10 Best Small Cities for Education in America” by Movoto.com.
- #7 nationally among “Top 10 Most Vibrant Communities” by the National Center for Arts Research.
- #5 among best public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Colleges” guidebook. Listed 1st among public campuses for the 11th consecutive year.
- #10 among Best Value Schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best Colleges” rankings.
- #28 among Best Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best Colleges – National Universities” rankings.
- #27 among the world’s top 500 research universities and 9th among U.S. public campuses, according to the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings.
Note: Raleigh and Durham (two neighboring cities, and part of the nationally renowned “Research Triangle” that includes Chapel Hill) were recently tied as the “Second best place to live in the U.S.,” by the July, 2021 ranking in U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about the rankings and why our region is such a great place to live and work!