Journalism School Hackathon at UNC Housing & Transportation Information

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Housing Choices:

Hackathon housing includes affordable on-campus housing in  Lewis Hall  (single or double) room or nearby hotels.  Parking on campus is limited and tightly controlled so plan on walking a bit from the parking area if you will have a car with you.

  • Special offer at ALoft Chapel Hill hotel: $95/night rate for hackathon participants, reserve here located at 1001 South Hamilton Road, NC 27517
  • The Carolina Inn (3 minute walk to Reese News Lab)
  • The Franklin Hotel (also walkable)
  • Hampton Inn/Carrboro (.5 miles from campus so a bit of a walk)
  • Here’s a full list of Chapel Hill hotels:
    NOTE: Hotels on Fordham Boulevard/15-501 are the most affordable but will require taxis or on-campus parking for a rental car.

Transportation Logistics:

If you are flying you will want to fly to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and either rent a car or take public transportation to UNC.

  • RDU to UNC by bus: The bus trip from RDU to UNC takes about 1 hour and requires cash payment ($2.50 per trip).
  • By taxi: Taxi service is available at both RDU terminals. With tip, a taxi trip to UNC costs about $45.
  • Rental cars:  RDU has seven rental car agencies.


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