WHAT DO WE DO?
GPSF hosts socials, orientation activities, public service events, and University Research Day. We advocate to the state and national legislature, inform students about policy changes via GradAlert! and social/campus events in monthly emails, and advise students about obtaining in-state residency for tuition purposes. We also offer funding through travel awards, event funding, and department allocations.
HOW IS THE GPSF ORGANIZED?
- The Executive board oversees all GPSF activities.
- The Cabinet plans events and initiatives to address student issues, with positions from RA/TA advocate to LGBTQ chair.
- We represent students on many university committees.
- The Senate is the GPSF’s main legislature, convening representatives from all graduate/professional programs.
- Student Congress brings together undergraduate and graduate/professional students from across 11 campus districts.
- The Judicial branch maintains the Honor court and provides counsel for students.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE OR BECOME INVOLVED?
- GPSF.UNC.EDU website or your monthly gpsfnews email!
- Your department’s Senator: http://gpsf.unc.edu/gpsf-resources/senate/
- Cabinet members: http://gpsf.unc.edu/gpsf-resources/cabinet/
- University committee appointees: http://gpsf.unc.edu/gpsf-resources/university-committee-appointments/
- Executive Board Officer: http://gpsf.unc.edu/gpsf-resources/executive-board/
- UNC Student Congress: http://congress.unc.edu/
- Graduate Honor System: https://gpsf.unc.edu/gpsf-resources/graduate-honor-court/
WHAT IF I WANT TO LIVE OFF CAMPUS?
WHAT IF I WANT TO LIVE ON CAMPUS?
- Graduate and professional students can select apartment-style housing in Odum Village Apartments. Students are encouraged to apply early once the application becomes available in March. Approximately 120 graduate/professional student spaces in 1- and 2- bedroom apartments (all with private bedrooms) are reserved.
- Single graduate students and student families are eligible to apply for housing at Baity Hill Apartments.
- For more information visit: http://housing.unc.edu/future-residents/graduate-students, call 919-962-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
- Parking: There is no free parking on-campus from 7:30 am—5:00 pm during the week. However, there are pay lots on Franklin St, Rosemary St, and on South Campus. As it stands now, you may park for free in most campus lots after 5pm and all-day on weekends, with a few exceptions for football and basketball game days and special events (marked by signs). Night parking permits will be introduced in fall 2014.
- Commuting: Using the bus lines, biking or walking to and from the university is highly recommended.
- Utilities: Make sure to consider utility providers and property taxes at your potential housing location, as they can vary.
- Food: Most grocery stores are not within walking distance of campus; consider living close to a grocery store if you do not own a car. More information on here.
- If you plan to live in a rental property, check with your landlord to see if water is included in the rent and/or if you need to set up an individual account.
- Orange county (Chapel Hill and Carrboro): OWASA (www.owasa.org)
- Durham: city utilities (www.ci.durham.nc.us/_ecomm)
- The electric company that covers your area varies within Carrboro, but for other surrounding areas, the company that will cover you is Duke Electric. Our experience is that Duke Electric is often less expensive.
- Duke Electric: (www.duke-energy.com)
- Piedmont: (www.pemc.coop)
- Time Warner Cable (www.timewarnercable.com) – can sometimes be included in rent – check with your landlord.
NC DRIVER’S LICENSE
Multiple locations available:
- Carrboro: 104 Carrboro Plaza (Hwy. 54)
- Durham: 101 S. Miami Blvd.
- Hillsborough: 1201 Hwy. 70W
- You can make an appointment for testing before you visit the office
- Study the driver’s handbook before taking the test –available at http://www.ncdot.org/dmv
LICENSE PLATES/VEHICLE REGISTRATION
Multiple locations available:
- Orange: 1704 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC (Gateway Commons shopping center) 27514
- Chatham: 311 North 2nd Avenue Siler City, NC 27344
- Durham: 5410 NC Hwy. 55 Suite AB Durham, NC 27713
- Durham: 1058 West Club Boulevard Suite 626 Durham, NC 27701
Car must be inspected yearly to retain car registration in North Carolina.
CAR INSURANCE (note: GPSF does not endorse a specific plan)
- AllState: http://www.allstate.com/auto-insurance.aspx
- Erie: http://auto.erieinsurance.com/Default.aspx
- Esurance: https://www.esurance.com/insurance/car
- Geico: http://www.geico.com/
- Statefarm: http://www.statefarm.com/
RENTER’S/HOME INSURANCE (note: GPSF does not endorse a specific plan)
- Liberty Mutual: http://www.libertymutual.com/home-insurance/home-products
- Statefarm: http://www.statefarm.com/insurance/homeowners/homeowners.asp
BANKS (note: GPSF does not endorse a specific bank)
- Bank of America: www.bankofamerica.com
- Wells Fargo: www.wellsfargo.com
- State Employees Credit Union: www.ncsecu.org/
- BB&T: http://bbt.com
CONSIDER TRANSPORTATION WHEN CHOOSING HOUSING!
- Living in Carrboro = bicycling, Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) – free local bus system
- Living in Chapel Hill = walking, bicycling, CHT
- Living in Durham, Hillsborough, Raleigh = Triangle Transit, Park & Ride CHT, carpool (Zimride.unc.edu)
- Other locations = vanpool, carpool, Park & Ride CHT
HOW CAN YOU TRAVEL…?
- CHT campus shuttles (U, RU, NU) for daytime/evening
- Point-to-Point (P2P) shuttle for late-night campus travel (7 pm to 3 am)
- Much of the campus and the surrounding area is walkable and bikeable!
Around Chapel Hill?
- CHT bus lines extend throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro
- CHT Safe Ride buses offer late-night weekend transportation to some off-campus locations
Around the Triangle Area?
- Triangle Transit extends from Chapel Hill to Durham and Raleigh, including RDU Airport
- Zipcar rental by the hour, with 8 cars on campus
To Duke’s Campus?
- The Robertson Express Bus serves the route between Duke and UNC’s campus, which is free for some commuting students while others must pay $2.50 per trip. For more information: http://www.dps.unc.edu/CAP/RobertsonFlyer.pdf; GPSF GradAlert!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Chapel Hill Transit (free local bus system): chtransit.org
- Triangle Transit (bus system for the Triangle area): triangletransit.org
- UNC Department of Public Safety (transportation & parking): Commuter Alternative Program (CAP): dps.unc.edu/cap
- Parking: dps.unc.edu; Downtown Chapel Hill Parking Guide
- Zipcar: zipcar.com/unc
- Zimride (UNC carpool matching and ride): zimride.unc.edu
- UNC Bike Registration: dps.unc.edu/bike
HOW DO I OBTAIN…?
- In-state residency: If you are a US citizen, your department may want you to become an NC resident for tuition purposes. To be considered, you must show evidence of staying in NC “indefinitely”, such as obtaining an NC driver’s license, registering to vote, and filing taxes in NC (and not being claimed as a dependant by parents). See the Graduate School at http://gradschool.unc.edu/studentlife/resources/residency/ or GPSF Residency Guide at http://gpsf.unc.edu/student-resources/residency-for-tuition-purposes/.
- Fellowships/grants: The Graduate School has a list of UNC-based dissertation fellowships and grants as well as national funding resources. Visit http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/
- Financial aid: You must fill out a FAFSA form to obtain financial aid, which some but not all students do. For information and eligibility requirements see http://studentaid.unc.edu/
- Tax help: Student Legal Services (by UNC) and UNC Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (by UNC law school) provide free tax assistance and other free legal assistance to UNC students –SLS: www.unc.edu/student/orgs/sls/home; VITA: http://studentorgs.law.unc.edu/vita
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TUITION AND FEES?
- Check with your department to see what portion of tuition and fees you will be responsible for.
- Tuition and fees typically change on a yearly basis. To find the current tuition and fee rates see Student Account services at http://finance.unc.edu/.
- If you plan on staying at UNC in the summer (and are not registered for classes), you will be responsible for paying a Campus Recreation fee (e.g., for workout facilities) and a Campus Health Services fee if you plan to use these services in the summer.
HOW DO I STAY INFORMED?
- UNC Graduate School: Offers many resources and activities, not just for professional development but also campus and community resources at http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/. The Graduate School Handbook is also an important reference at: http://handbook.unc.edu/.
- Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE): an excellent resource for establishing a good foundation for teaching at the college level, offering many teaching seminars and a biannual Future Faculty Fellowship program. http://cfe.unc.edu/
- Graduate School Professional Development Program: training on resume writing, interview skills, thesis formatting, finding funding sources, dissertation boot camps, etc.http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/profdev/
- University Career Services: offers workshops, networking nights, career panels and specific career advice for graduate students. http://careers.unc.edu/students
- Training Initiative in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (TIBBS): offers career awareness workshops, career counseling, science outreach opportunities, graduate students skills workshops, socials, and other events. www.med.unc.edu/tibbs
WHERE CAN I GO FOR HELP?
- Every international student and scholar joining UNC-Chapel Hill is required to check-in with this office before classes or employment begins.
- This office is prepared to help with immigration issues, so please visit them! http://oisss.unc.edu.
WANT TO GET TO KNOW OTHER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
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- Children must be under 12 years old.
- All scholarships must be used in 4- or 5-star licensed child care facilities.
- Scholarships cover a portion of child care costs, and parents must pay a portion based on a percentage of their income.
- Student scholarships are awarded for a single school term with the opportunity to renew based on continued eligibility and funding.
- Income eligibility is based on income from all sources, including student aid (with a deduction for the cost of tuition).
WHERE CAN I FIND HEALTH CARE?
- Medical Services: Offered as part of student fees or university-offered insurance plan. CHS offers full medical services including women’s health, immunizations (including free flu shots), HIV testing and other STD testing, and international travel clinic.
- Counseling and Wellness: Confidential appointments including psychological/wellness.
- Campus Health Pharmacy: Full pharmacy open Monday-Friday with an online refill process. Prescriptions here through UNC insurance can be cheaper than off-campus pharmacies.
- Campus Health Services Healthy Heels Portal: (healthyheels.unc.edu) Secure electronic portal for messaging with campus providers, online scheduling, and online nurse advice.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE?
- Health insurance is mandatory at UNC-Chapel Hill. You may be able to stay on your parent’s health insurance until age 26!
- Non-RA/TAs: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC) administers the university-wide health insurance plan, including most preventive care and office visits. Medical care and prescriptive drug services are offered through Campus Health Services. It also includes some lens and eyeglass frame coverage. bcbsnc.com/student
- RA/TA/Fellows: BCBSNC also offers a plan for RAs, TAs, and Fellows, which some departments pay for and includes most preventive care and office visits. Medical care and prescription drug services are offered through Campus Health Services. It also includes some lens and eyeglass frame coverage. (www.bcbsnc.com/content/studentblue/uncch-ta/)
- If you have insurance, to avoid the twice-yearly insurance student fee, you must submit a waiver (even if you are enrolled in the UNC RA/TA plan) or automatically enroll in the UNC plan Non-RA/TA plan.
CAN I BUY DENTAL INSURANCE?
- Blue Cross Blue Shield: http://www.bcbsnc.com/content/plans/dentalblue/index.htm
- MetLife: http://federaldental.metlife.com/plan-benefits/index.html?WT.ac=GN_plan-benefits
- Ameritas: http://www.ameritasgroup.com/member/5003.asp
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW TO SAVE MONEY?
Be cost conscious:
- Going to CHS instead of an emergency room or off-campus urgent care facility for non-emergency situations or using generic over brand prescriptions can save you money.
- When CHS is closed, going to an urgent care facility can also be less expensive than an emergency room. Familiarize yourself with nearby urgent cares and hours of operation. The GPSF GradAlert! has links to the nearest urgent cares.
WHO CAN I CONTACT IN AN EMERGENCY?
- UNC Police: 919-962-8100 (911 for Emergencies)
- Orange Country Rape Crisis Hotline: 919-968-4647
- Chapel Hill Police Crisis Unit: 919-968-2806
HOW CAN I BE SAFE ON CAMPUS?
- Alert Carolina: UNC’s text-message and email notification system for campus emergencies. Sign-up through ConnectCarolina: www.alertcarolina.unc.edu/go/doc/1395/184530/
- SAFE@UNC.EDU: Interpersonal violence awareness & prevention http://safe.unc.edu/
- Blue lights: Emergency blue lights around campus will signal campus police when activated.
- SafeWalk: Free program providing student walking buddies for late-night travel on campus. Schedule a SafeWalk 919-962-SAFE(7233) or online http://safewalk.unc.edu.
- Late Night Free Bus Transportation: Point 2 Point (P2P) on campus; UNC Safe Ride off-campus on weekends
Mental health, disruptive behavior, and safety trainings:
- Victim Assistance: www.dps.unc.edu/Police/victimassistance/victimassistance.cfm
- Safe Zone Training: http://lgbtq.unc.edu/programs-services/safe-zone
- One Act Training: Prevent interpersonal violence, http://campushealth.unc.edu
Counseling, Wellness, Confidentiality resources:
- Counseling and Wellness: http://campushealth.unc.edu/cws
- University Ombuds Office: www.ombuds.unc.edu/about.html
- Grievance/Harassment: hr.unc.edu/form-finder/grievance-mediation-harassment/index.htm
- Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office: www.unc.edu/diversity/
- Diversity and the Graduate School: http://gradschool.unc.edu/diversity/
- Sonja Haynes Stone Center: http://sonjahaynesstonectr.unc.edu/
- UNC American Indian Center: http://americanindiancenter.unc.edu/
- UNC Equal opportunity office: http://equalopportunity-ada.unc.edu/index.htm
LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer) Resources:
- The UNC-LGBTQ Center: http://lgbtq.unc.edu; emergency number 919-260-9896.
- Programs for the GLBT Community: http://www.addiction-treatment.com/research/glbt/
- Triangle Gay and Lesbian Helpline: 919-821-0055 (Sunday to Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm)
- The Trevor Project: 24-hour national helpline thetrevorproject.org
- GLBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
GPSF Sponsored Events:
- Carolina Center for Public Service: http://www.unc.edu/cps/
- Habitat for Humanity: http://www.orangehabitat.org/
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle: www.bbbstriangle.org
Living without a meal plan:
- Frank Porter Graham Student Union – Alpine Bagel & Wendy’s
- The Beach (by Health Science Library) — Quiznos, Chick-Fil-A, & others
- Dining Halls (2nd Floor Lenoir & Rams Head) – pay cash for buffet
- Lenoir Mainstreet — Subway, Chick-Fil-A, & others
- Franklin Street – Endless options! http://www.visitchapelhill.org/plan-a-visit/dining-nightlife
Note: most major supermarkets are beyond walking distance of campus, but can be reached using the campus bus system, a Zipcar, or by bike. When choosing housing, consider living close to a grocery store or a bus route if you do not own a car.
Interested in a meal plan?
- http://campusrec.unc.edu – Many free facilities and activities (others are very inexpensive!)
- Individual Fitness: Free workout facilities are in the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center.
- Group Fitness Classes: UNC offers a number of free group fitness classes in the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center, including zumba, kickboxing, muscle conditioning, yoga, spin classes, and more.
- Climbing Wall: UNC offers two full size climbing walls in Fetzer gymnasium and Rams Head Recreation Center. Belay certification classes are offered on site.
- Swimming pools: Available indoors at Bowman Gray and outdoors at Kessing Pool.
- Courts: Courts for tennis, basketball, racquetball, and badminton are available at various indoor and outdoor courts around campus.
- Intramural Sports: Many Intramural sports are available every semester and open to all students.
- Club Sports: 48 club sports are available year round and open to graduate and professional students.
- Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor Education Center on campus offers a 18-hole disc golf course and off-site hiking, kayaking, and biking expeditions. On-campus ropes courses are available for team building activities.
- Movies on Fridays and Saturdays in the UNC Student Union at http://www.unc.edu/cuab/ The Carolina Union has many other free activities too!
- Free movie and video game system rentals from the Media Resource Center in the House Undergraduate Library at http://www.lib.unc.edu/house/mrc/.
- Microsoft 7, Office, or Office:mac or other software at Information Technology Services in the basement of the House Undergraduate Library (https://shareware.unc.edu)
- Research Poster Printing: Research in Public Health (Office of Student Affairs, 263 Rosenau)
- Recreation centers, swimming pools, basketball courts, Intramural Sports, Club Sports (http://www.campusrec.unc.edu)
- UNC Athletic events (http://www.goheels.com)
- 800 black and white printed pages in University libraries; money for printing is added each semester to your UNC OneCard.
- Recreational reading books in Undergraduate, Graduate, and SILS libraries
- N.C. Botanical Gardens: hiking trails, herb garden, vegetation (www.ncbg.unc.edu/)
- Newman Catholic Center, 218 Pittsboro Street, (919) 929-3778
- Chabad of UNC Chapel Hill, 127 Mallette Street, (919) 942-7663
- UNC Hillel, 210 West Cameron Avenue, www.unc.edu/~mkrebs/NCHillel.htm
- UNC Muslim Student Association, http://uncmsa.org
- University Student Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, (919) 929-7191
- Focus Graduate Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, focus.unc.edu
- Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership – live music, festivals, free outdoor movies, and events (www.downtownchapelhill.org)
- Carrboro Community events – festivals, farmers’ market, parks (http://carrboro.com/)
- Music on the lawn at Weaver Street Market – listen to music on the lawn in the center of Carrboro, Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, weather permitting.
- Friday on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn – live music and drinks during the summer
- Carolina Performing Arts – wide variety of national and local performances are available at Memorial Hall. Discounted tickets ($10) are available for students for all shows. (www.carolinaperformingarts.org)
- Local Live Music: Cat’s Cradle (E. Main St. Carrboro), Local 506 (W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill), The Cave (W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill)
- Comedy club and classes – DSI Comedy in Carrboro (www.dsicomedytheater.com)
- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center — (http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/
- Ackland Art Museum (Chapel Hill) http://www.ackland.org/index.htm
- Trivia Nights — many local places on Franklin street and in Carrboro
- Carolina North — http://carolinanorth.unc.edu/
- >Wilson Park — http://carrboro.com/parks.html
- Duke Gardens — walking trails, duck pond, flowers (www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens/
- Mountain Bike Trails in the triangle area — www.trianglemtb.com/
- Eno River State Park — camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking (www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/main.php)
- Jordan Lake Recreation Area – boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, camping (www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php)
- Umstead State Park -boating, bridle trails, cycling, hiking, camping (www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/main.php)
- Raven Rock State Park – camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking (www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/raro/main.php)
- Fleet Feet Running Club — http://www.fleetfeetcarrboro.com/community/weekly-fun-runs
- Cycling Group Rides — www.chapelhillcycling.com
- Indoor Soccer — www.rainbowsoccer.org/
- Social Sport Leagues — http://www.trissc.com/; www.kickball.com
- >Ultimate Frisbee — www.carrboroultimate.org/
- Durham Bulls Baseball – minor league baseball at the American Tobacco Historic District (www.durhambulls.com)
- Carolina Hurricanes – professional NHL hockey games in Raleigh, including discounted college nights (http://hurricanes.nhl.com/)
- Carolina Railhawks – professional soccer games in Cary www.carolinarailhawks.com/
- Carolina Bobcats — professional NBA basketball games in Charlotte www.nba.com/bobcats/
- Carolina Panthers — professional NFL football games in Charlotte http://www.panthers.com/
- NC Museum of Natural Science (Raleigh) http://naturalsciences.org/
- Museum of Life and Science (Durham) http://www.ncmls.org/
- NC Museum of Art (Raleigh) http://www.ncartmuseum.org/
- NC Museum of History (Raleigh) http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/
- NC Aquariums (Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher): www.ncaquariums.com/
- NC Zoo (Asheboro) http://www.nczoo.org/
- Carolina Tiger Rescue (Pittsboro) http://www.carolinatigerrescue.org/
- Conservators’ Center (Mebane) http://www.conservatorscenter.org/
- Raleigh Amphitheater (Raleigh) http://www.raleighconvention.com/amphitheater/index.php
- Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion (Raleigh)
- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Charlotte) www.verizonamphitheatrecharlotte.com
- Charlotte Motorspeedway (Charlotte) http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/
- Rockingham Dragway (Rockingham) http://www.rockinghamdragway.com/
- NC state parks, including Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain www.ncparks.gov/Visit/main.php
- NC national parks, including Appalachian Mountains (Asheville and Boone areas) http://www.visitnc.com/journeys/highlights/state-national-parks
- Beaches (e.g., Wrightsville, Carolina, Kure, Topsail)
- Outer Banks — beaches, sand dunes, first in flight museum
American Medical Student Association (AMSA), School of Medicine
Association of Chemistry Graduate Students (ACGS)
Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Biostatistics Student Association, School of Public Health
Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA)
Carolina Classics Graduate Group
Communication Studies Graduate Student Association
Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students (CoLEAGS)
Doctoral Student Association at School of Information and Library Sciences (DSA at SILS)
Economics Graduate Student Association (EGSA)
Environmental Sciences and Engineering Student Organization (ENVR-SO), School of Public Health
Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO), School of Public Health
Graduate Art Student’s Association (GASA)
Graduate Association of Geography Students (GAGS)
Graduate Computer Science Student Association (CSSA)
Graduate Mathematics Association
Health Policy and Management (HPM) Masters Student Council, School of Public Health
Information & Library Science Student Association (ILSSA)
Marine Sciences Graduate Action Group (GAG)
MBA Student Association, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Organization
Physics and Astronomy Graduate Student Association (GSA)
School of Education Graduate Student Association
School of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduate Student Association (J- School GSA)
School of Public Health Student Government
Spurgeon Dental Society, School of Dentistry
Student Bar Association (SBA), School of Law
Student National Medical Association (SNMA), School of Medicine
Student Senate, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Whitehead Medical Society
North Campus Map
1. Daniels Student Stores (Bookstore, Post-Office, One Card Office)
2. Student Union (Information Desk)
3. Fetzer Gym & Student Recreation Center
4. FedEx Global Education Building (International Student Center)
5. Bynum Hall (Graduate Admissions)
6. Davis Graduate Student Library
7. Franklin Street (Shops & Restaurants)
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South Campus Map for the Graduate School Orientation
1. Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
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