Self-Guided Tour

If you're in Chapel Hill, explore some of our outdoor spaces with a self-guided tour.

Yellow flowers hang from a wooden arbor in Coker Arboretum on Carolina's campus

Coker Arboretum

What do you do if you’re Carolina’s first botany professor, Dr. William Coker? Create a campus oasis with hundreds of native North Carolina trees, shrubs, and vines.

Smell the Flowers
Students in shadow walk in a crosswalk on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill

Franklin Street

Franklin Street is home to everything you’ll need as a student: coffee shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and music venues.

Rush to Franklin
The Old Well stands in front of trees will colorful fall leaves

The Old Well

Carolina’s most famous landmark was the original water source for the University. Tradition says a drink from the Old Well on the first day of class brings good luck and a perfect GPA. (We also recommend studying.)

Take a Sip
students walk across Carolina's quad on a sunny day with a flag pole and the domed roof of Wilson Library in the background

Polk Place

Welcome to Carolina’s main academic quad, named after alumnus and U.S. President James K. Polk. These buildings house departments and schools from Chemistry to Journalism. Carolina students can choose from more than 70 majors.

Stroll in the Quad
groups of chairs and tables on the second floor of Carolina's Student Union

Carolina Union

This is Carolina’s ‘living room’ where students come together for study groups, free movie nights, art installations, and holiday gingerbread house building.

Make Yourself at Home
two students stand in front of the UNC Student Stores building and with a sign and a megaphone work to grab the attention of other students

The Pit

In this brick courtyard, campus thrives – you might see students campaigning for Student Body President, dance performances, or a charity lunch to help combat poverty. They say that in a single day, every student at Carolina will pass through the Pit.

Sprint to the Pit