Chapel Hill Welcomes UNC-Chapel Hill Students

Post Date:08/14/2017 8:30 AM

"In the rhythm of the seasons, Fall is true beginning of the year in a college town. In the South, in particular, the cooler, crisper breezes of September dispel the lethargy of the long, muggy summer months, and the bustle of returning students jolts the sleepy downtown streets back to life. Just as the song of the scarlet cardinals heralds the renewal of Spring, the influx of students pouring into campus heralds a new academic year."

--Samia Serageldin, an excerpt from 27 Views of Chapel HillEno Publishers

Classes at UNC-Chapel Hill resume on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Students will begin returning to campus on Friday, filling the streets and sidewalks.

Patience on the Roads During Move-In

It’s important to remember that a large number of students, including their families who are in town helping them get settled, are new to campus. They may not be confident yet in getting around town. Patience during this time will go a long way. The Chapel Hill Police Department schedules education safety initiatives in an attempt to help make it safer for people who walk, bike and drive. You can read more about this month’s initiatives at

Chapel Hill Transit to Make August Schedule Adjustments

Chapel Hill Transit will implement minor schedule adjustments effective Monday, Aug. 14. Chapel Hill Transit generally makes changes to its schedules in January, May and August, in response to ridership trends, changing traffic patterns and growth in the area.

The changes can be found at For more information, visit

Register Your Alarms to Avoid Unnecessary Fines

Public safety officials in the Town of Chapel Hill are also reminding its residents to register home and business alarms to avoid unnecessary fines.

Registering alarms is free and convenient with options for online registration at or by calling toll-free 1-855-725-7107 to register by phone.

The Accidental Alarm Program aims to reduce the number of accidental alarm calls through a system of education, registration, and assessments for repeat accidental alarms.

Let’s All Be Good Neighbors

Now in its 14th year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean, safe and quiet. 

Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, teams of UNC students, staff and public safety officers, Chapel Hill police officers and town staff members, community groups and other volunteers will meet at the Hargraves Community Center before fanning out into neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chapel Hill. The teams visit students and year-round residents in the Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley and Davie Circle neighborhoods, Carrboro’s Lloyd Broad community, and south of Forest Hills, including Dawes, Coolidge and Pine Bluff Trails, with information about community services, local ordinances and alcohol laws, and good neighbor practices. Residents also will be invited to the Good Neighbor Block Party at the Hargraves Center on Thursday, Sept. 14.

For a light-hearted video highlighting the initiative, visit The two-minute video was produced by a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism class led by adjunct professor Bruce Curran and professor Richard Simpson, who also play leading roles.

Sponsors are the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Police Department, Empowerment Inc., the Downtown Partnership, the Jackson Center, Town of Carrboro, Habitat for Humanity and several downtown businesses and community partners.

Media Contact: Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, 919-843-5827.

Parents of UNC-Chapel Hill Students

We know it’s hard to be away from your children. We want you to know that our public safety officials strive to keep everyone in Chapel Hill, including students, safe.

You can find all of this information at, and follow the Town’s social media accounts: Twitter - @ChapelHillGov;; Instagram @ChapelHillGov, and find us on Nextdoor. And, sign up for eNews at or send a sign-up request to

Franklin Street Prepares to Welcome New Chapel Hillians

The Town of Chapel Hill is making minor fixes along both sides of the 100 block of East Franklin Street in preparation of the incoming UNC students and their families.

Maintenance is being performed along the 100 block of East Franklin Street through Thursday, Aug. 17. The maintenance includes work to remove tripping hazards and otherwise beautify our downtown.

Bike Rack/Fix-it Station
A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill will install a bicycle-on-bus demonstration rack and separate bicycle fix-it station at 144 E. Franklin St. near the Bank of America ATM and University United Methodist Church. Installation is scheduled through Friday, Aug. 11, weather permitting.

Pocket Park near Chapel Hill Tire
A mini park was installed in front of Chapel Hill Tire at 502 W. Franklin St. – near the northwest corner of West Franklin and Roberson streets.

Activating the public space is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire.

The charming park – about 20 by 70 feet –includes seating, bike racks and seasonal planters. Three bike racks were installed in a corral in the street between the existing parking space and the curb; recycled tire planters create a visual barrier between the seating area and the street; and sets of curved benches fill the interior of the space. Summer campers from the Hargraves Center painted many of the tires for the park.



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