The Department of Athletics works with UNC’s coaches and Carolina Housing to coordinate on-campus housing for approximately 300 student-athletes per year.
16.0 Carolina Housing
Carolina Housing works to create an inclusive on-campus housing environment that promotes personal development, citizenship, involvement and leadership as outlined in the Student Affairs Excellence in Action student competencies model.
UNC requires that all first-year students, including first-year student-athletes, live on campus (see the UNC Live-On Requirement). Additionally, UNC’s on-campus residential facilities house more than 65% of sophomores, as well as many upper-class and graduate students.
Housing (room and board) is included in all athletics aid packages for headcount sports (see Process 3.0 Financial Aid).
16.1 Housing Process for Headcount Grant in Aid Student-Athletes
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policy mandates that no more than 50% of individuals either in an on-campus residence or within a block, wing or floor of an on-campus residence can be student-athletes. UNC’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics works closely with Carolina Housing to facilitate assignment of housing for approximately 300 student-athletes per year.
Coaches communicate their housing preferences for their teams to the Senior Associate Director when they submit the names of their incoming and returning student-athletes who want to live on campus. In almost all cases, student-athletes have communicated to their coaches where they would like to live.
Once Carolina Housing has placed students in the requested residences, the Senior Associate Director communicates student-athlete housing assignments back to the coaches. Carolina Housing also communicates housing assignments directly to student-athletes, just as they do for all students living on campus.
While all on-campus residents (including student-athletes) must sign a housing contract, student-athletes do not go through the same housing selection process as other students. Some coaches prefer their student-athletes live together, while others prefer they live with student-athletes from another team. Occasionally, if there is not a student-athlete available to be a roommate, a general student will be assigned by Carolina Housing to live with a student-athlete. Upon request the Senior Associate Director of Athletics will arrange housing for walk-on student-athletes. The exception is that some walk-on student-athletes apply for housing through the regular housing process.
Coaches base their preference of housing for their teams mainly on proximity to main campus (and classes), the Loudermilk Center and/or the Stalling-Evans Sports Medicine Center. Proximity to practice/competition facilities is also a consideration for some coaches.
Carolina Housing focuses heavily on the first-year experience and implements a community immersion model for all first-year students through Residential Learning Communities. Although these communities are available to all undergraduates, generally few student-athletes participate as the majority of first-year student-athletes live with other first-year student-athletes from the same team or from other teams.