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There's actually 2 Food Lions in Carrboro, although they are quite close to each other. One is on Jones Ferry Rd, walking distance to a few apartment complexes. The other is off of 54 at the Carrboro Plaza.

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Does anyone who attends UNC live in Durham or have housing advice for moving to Durham and commuting? I know that some people live in Durham close to Chapel Hill. I lived in Chapel Hill for the summer and I was not particularly found of Carrboro or Chapel Hill and wanted some info on Durham. Thanks for any help!

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I lived right by Durham while I went to UNC. I personally shelled out $400/year for on campus parking, but my roommate would take the bus (about a 40 minute ride). She eventually got park and ride passes so that the bus ride would be shorter.

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Do you have any apartment recommendations? I park and ride/have about a 30 or 40 minute bus ride to school now so commuting isn't a concern for me. Are there any apartments or a certain part of Durham that I should be looking in? I'm hoping to go apartment shopping next month and wanted to have a starting point.

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Does anyone who attends UNC live in Durham or have housing advice for moving to Durham and commuting? I know that some people live in Durham close to Chapel Hill. I lived in Chapel Hill for the summer and I was not particularly found of Carrboro or Chapel Hill and wanted some info on Durham. Thanks for any help!

 

What was it you didn't like about Chapel Hill?

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I thought it was beautiful but I have lived close to my undergrad college and I prefer the outskirts especially during the peaks of football and basketball season. I also wanted to be closer to a bigger city (though I know that Durham is not a huge city). Granted, I may move to NC and realize that Chapel Hill is better suited for me as one summer does not do it justice but I just wanted to keep my options open for my first year and explore more of the area. Chapel Hill is very similar to my college town now and I just want something new.

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I've had two friends from UNC who moved out to Durham after their first year of living in CH. They both regretted it (for different reasons) and moved back to CH for their third years. My own experiences in Durham haven't been all that pleasant: I almost got robbed on a main street there one evening in 2011 (barely snatched my phone back), and overall I find it pretty dirty and unappealing. But I should mention that Durham does have a better selection of restaurants than Chapel Hill, although of course it's super easy to just drive out there for a quick dinner from Chapel Hill. 

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Thank you for your insight! I guess I'm a learn from experience type of girl so I'll definitely take into account the crime rates in certain areas and neighborhoods. I still would like to check it out for myself because I met some Duke grads a few years ago and they loved Durham (I didn't get their contact info then or I would ask them for housing). I just wanted to know where the UNC grad community was fairly located in Durham.

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Collins Crossing is in a great location and has good reviews online. Does anyone know if it's heavily undergrad? I haven't seen it recommended on here but it looks great.

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As someone who grew up in Durham and never had a problem, I would encourage you not to be scared off by tales of "crime."  People living in CH and Cary seem to have an overblown fear of Durham that's based predominately on the fact that Durham has a large Black population (and associated racist assumptions).  Which is a shame, because Durham is absolutely lovely and I had more of an issue with feeling threatened on Franklin St in Chapel Hill than I ever did in downtown Durham.

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As someone who grew up in Durham and never had a problem, I would encourage you not to be scared off by tales of "crime."  People living in CH and Cary seem to have an overblown fear of Durham that's based predominately on the fact that Durham has a large Black population (and associated racist assumptions).  Which is a shame, because Durham is absolutely lovely and I had more of an issue with feeling threatened on Franklin St in Chapel Hill than I ever did in downtown Durham.

 

I grew up in Durham and second this. Also, the last time I was on Franklin Street a few weeks ago I had to hide in a store because the sirens went off due to an armed crazy [white] man running around trying to stab a girl. So there. (but I do live Chapel Hill, it's lovely). 

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Hi people,

 

I will start my PhD at UNC next fall. I am trying to find a roommate to share something off-campus, but, unfortunately, without success. I am looking every day in the Craigslist website but everyone ads only for the summer.

Does anyone could help me saying a better way to find an available dorm for the fall?

 

Thanks all,

Pedro

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Hi people,

 

I will start my PhD at UNC next fall. I am trying to find a roommate to share something off-campus, but, unfortunately, without success. I am looking every day in the Craigslist website but everyone ads only for the summer.

Does anyone could help me saying a better way to find an available dorm for the fall?

 

Thanks all,

Pedro

 

Have you tried contacting your program coordinator to attempt to link up with other grad students in the department?

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Hi people,

 

I will start my PhD at UNC next fall. I am trying to find a roommate to share something off-campus, but, unfortunately, without success. I am looking every day in the Craigslist website but everyone ads only for the summer.

Does anyone could help me saying a better way to find an available dorm for the fall?

 

Thanks all,

Pedro

 

Have you tried the Heels Housing site?  There are definitely students there looking for roommates.

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Collins Crossing is in a great location and has good reviews online. Does anyone know if it's heavily undergrad? I haven't seen it recommended on here but it looks great.

 

 

Bump because it got left on the last page!

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Collins Crossing is in a great location and has good reviews online. Does anyone know if it's heavily undergrad? I haven't seen it recommended on here but it looks great.

Not heavily undergrad. Everything in Carrboro tends to be more grad student/professional/hospital and med school types. The undergrads are more concentrated in Chapel Hill itself.

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Are there any avid cyclists on here that live in Chapel Hill?  Got some questions to ask y'all.

 

Here!  What's up?

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Here!  What's up?

 

 

Are there popular routes/areas where people go on long bike rides within the Chapel Hill area?  I'm used to going on 40-mile bike rides out to the middle of nowhere without having the fear of being hit by a car on the road.

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Not heavily undergrad. Everything in Carrboro tends to be more grad student/professional/hospital and med school types. The undergrads are more concentrated in Chapel Hill itself.

 

Thanks! So far it seems a little too good to be true. I guess I'll see when I check it out this weekend.

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Are there popular routes/areas where people go on long bike rides within the Chapel Hill area?  I'm used to going on 40-mile bike rides out to the middle of nowhere without having the fear of being hit by a car on the road.

 

Yeah!  I really like going down Farrington Road headed out of town.  It goes over Jordan Lake and turns into Farrington Point Road, then Pea Ridge Road. You can loop around near the lake and come back on 751 past the mall.  There's also the American Tobacco Trail which goes up into downtown Durham that's a lot of fun, though there are often families and so on biking or roller blading depending on the day and time.

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Yeah!  I really like going down Farrington Road headed out of town.  It goes over Jordan Lake and turns into Farrington Point Road, then Pea Ridge Road. You can loop around near the lake and come back on 751 past the mall.  There's also the American Tobacco Trail which goes up into downtown Durham that's a lot of fun, though there are often families and so on biking or roller blading depending on the day and time.

 

Ah, I'll definitely try out American Tobacco Trail!  I've been to downtown Durham and I loved it there, so hopefully this will bring me opportunities to visit that place more often.  Thanks for the response!

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for those debating durham v. carrboro/chapel hill, i'd highly recommend staying near campus for your first year. the drive between the two areas isn't particularly pleasant unless you take the backroads (and not suggested if you are in a hurry). and while there are busses between duke/durham and unc, it's not the most convenient mode of transportation. longterm, i think durham is probably the best place to live in the triangle, but probably not ideal for first year unc grad students.

for those debating chapel hill v. carrboro, i'd highly recommend carrboro. many of the living situations a person just moving to the area could expect in chapel hill are either in areas dominated by undergrads or in the apartment complexes (all of which are equally as far from campus as most parts of carrboro). on the other hand, most of carrboro's complexes are relatively nice, easily accessible, and mostly on a convenient bus line. additionally, if you scour craigslist, you can sometimes find an affordable two bedroom close to downtown carrboro (affordable for two people).

on the bus line note, before committing to an apartment, check out what bus line it is on. not all routes are created equal. for example, in carrboro, there are three lines (J, CW, and F), and only the J runs consistently into the night and over the weekend, and the F line runs the least frequent. 

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Thank you so much! This really helps my housing decisions and I have to say I was conflicted about where to live my first year but I will definitely take your advice!

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