Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where will I be living?
Ram Village on campus apartments. 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom, PRIVATE bedroom apartments featuring interior access, a kitchen with a stove, oven, and full-size refrigerator, as well as furnished bedrooms and living rooms. Living rooms include a couch, chair, coffee table, dining room table, and dining room chairs. Bedrooms: Movable dressers, desks and study chairs.
Please note: You will need to supply your bedding, bath linens, dishes, pots/pans, and kitchen utensils.
2. Will I be able to purchase things for my apartment once I arrive in Chapel Hill?
Yes, there are many local shopping areas. Within less than 10 miles from campus there is a Walmart, Target, and a major shopping mall. There are also local discount stores such as Dollar General located in Chapel Hill. There are many grocery store options within a short distance of campus: Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Food Lion. In addition to local farmer’s markets that occur throughout Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas all week.
3. Will parking be provided if I bring a car?
Parking will be provided in a lot on campus. We cannot guarantee it will be close to your apartment. You will not have parking available anywhere near the lab in which you will be working. You will not be able to drive your car and park freely around campus. Campus parking is difficult, patrolled and ticketed often.
4. What type of clothing will I need?
The majority of the time you will be working in a lab. Bring appropriate attire for lab work. Summers in Chapel Hill can be hot and humid, but campus buildings can be cool with the air conditioning. We will also be attending off site field trips and have a closing symposium at the end the summer, all of these events require appropriate business attire.
5. How will I get around campus and Chapel Hill?
Chapel Hill has a free bus system (Chapel Hill Transit) that will get you around campus and town. There is also a public bus system (Triangle Transit) that goes to Durham, Raleigh, and many of the surrounding areas.
6. What if I will be flying in? What airport? How will I get to campus from the airport?
The closest airport to campus is Raleigh Durham International (RDU) which is serviced by many large carriers. For ground transportation to campus, we have a robust Uber community in the triangle in addition to taxi stands outside each terminal.
7. What travel expenses are reimbursed? And when?
Travel expenses up to $450 are reimbursed. If traveling by airplane: this includes airfare (coach only), transportation to and from the airport to campus, and transportation to and from your home airport. If driving: roundtrip mileage from your home address. All travel expenses will be reimbursed after you depart campus. Therefore, you will need to purchase your flight to and from Chapel Hill. Prior to leaving we will ask you to complete a travel reimbursement form.
8. When will I receive my first check?
If we have all your paperwork completed and signed prior to your arrival on campus, you should receive your check within 3 weeks of arriving.