Summer Break 2023 Resources
For Carolina students who find themselves in the Chapel Hill area for some or all of Summer break, there are still many services available and plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Where to Eat
Carolina Dining Services
Top of Lenoir and Rams Head Dining are generally closed during the summer, but many dining locations on campus are open including restaurants in Lenior as well as Rams Market. Students can use flex to order delivery anywhere on campus from Takeout Central (access to delivery from over 30 local restaurants), Brenz Pizza, Domino’s and Wings Over Chapel Hill.
Many local restaurants are open and are also offering take-out and delivery options. For information on local restaurants visit What’s Open Downtown and information for local grocery stores including delivery or pickup try the following links
Resources for students facing food insecurity:
For students interested in other resources to address food insecurity, the UNC Writing and Learning Center shares a blog post: How I Dealt with Food Insecurity on Campus.
- Carolina Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry that provides food at no cost to students who are facing food insecurity.
- Campus Y Mutual Aid Pantry has a variety of food options available to students, faculty, and staff at no cost. Learn how to find and access the pantry by watching this video on their instagram page.
- Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps) - Eligibility criteria and application can be found online on the NC DHHS website.
- Interfaith-Council for Social Services is an organization in Carrboro that offers various programs including a community kitchen serving free hot nutritious meals daily, drop-in access to computers, phones, and other supports, a community market providing free fresh food, pantry staples, and hygiene items, and emergency financial assistance.
- CORA hosts a mobile market at the Nature Trail Mobile Home Park in Chapel Hill on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3-5pm. CORA’s Mobile Market provides nutritious food at no cost to neighbors via drive-through.
- Urban Ministries of Durham: Food pantry and Community Cafe serving three meals per day.
- Durham Community Food Pantry
- Durham Community Fridges is a mutual aid project supporting equal access to fresh food available to anyone in need of food. The fridge is located at 1902 W Main St in Durham and can be accessed between 6am-9pm. See what’s in the fridge on their instagram page
Things to Do Around and Off-Campus
- Triangle on the Cheap is a resource that helps you find free and cheap things to do throughout the Triangle every day of the year:
- Start your weekend off with Fridays on the Front Porch every Friday evening beginning April 7th at the Carolina Inn. Enjoy live music and cuisine from a weekly food truck lineup.
- Shop for local produce at farmers’ markets in your area. There are many markets in the Triangle but here are a few: Chapel Hill Farmers' Market, Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Durham Farmers’ Market
- Visit the North Carolina Botanical Gardens
- Twilight Thursdays at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens: Every Thursday from April 6 to June 15, the NCBG are open until 7 pm.
- Visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
- Attend free events on the Southern Village Green including the Sunday Music Series
- Carolina and the surrounding area offer many opportunities for nature walks and hikes. Our Healthy Heels blog outlines many ways students can get outside and explore nature around UNC-Chapel Hill.
- Explore history on Free Museum Days
- Get active with Free Fitness Classes and Events
During summer break, on-campus services hours may change. Visit the department's website for additional information and the most updated hours of operation.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Students can walk in for an initial assessment without an appointment Monday-Friday from 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm or between 8am-5pm for urgent needs. CAPS offers a variety of mental health services for students and postdocs including brief therapy, group therapy, medication management, and referral support. Call 919-966-3658 to speak with a mental health professional 24/7.
Campus Health will be open 8am - 5 pm weekdays and closed on the weekends during Summer Break. Any time Campus Health is closed, patients can receive 24/7 support by calling 919-966-2281 for UNC Nurse Connect.
Break Hours begin Monday the 15th, at which point...
- Both Fetzer and SRC will be open weekdays from 6am - 9 pm and weekends from 12 pm - 6 pm
- Rams Head will be open 11am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 11am-5pm on Fridays, closed on the weekends.
- Woollen gym will be open 3pm-9pm on weekdays and closed on the weekends.
- Summer pool time is available:
- May 15 and May 27, Bowman Gray will be open weekdays 11 am – 2 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm. Weekends 2 pm – 7 pm.
- May 31 thru July 31, Kessing Outdoor Pool will be open 11 am – 7 pm Monday – Saturday, with additional 6:15-8 am hours on weekdays and 2 pm - 7 pm hours on Sunday.
- Aug 4 – Aug 14, Kessing Pool will be open weekdays 11:30 am – 2pm, and 4 – 6:30 pm; weekends 1:30 – 4:30 pm.
The Carolina Union will be open most weekdays from 7:30 am – 9 pm but hours vary by holidays and orientation needs. Please call the facility at (919) 962-2285 for more information.
UNC Student Stores
UNC Student Stores will maintain 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. hours during weekdays and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends.
The Learning Center
Learning Center offices in SASB North are open business hours Monday through Friday. Academic coaching and peer tutoring are available when undergraduate classes are in session.
- Summer Session I: May 11 through June 16
- Summers Session II: June 20 through July 26
- Undergraduate Library will be open most weekdays 9 am – 8 pm and Sundays 11 am – 8 pm. During intersession (between academic classes), weekday hours are 9 am – 5 pm and closed weekends.
- Davis Library will be open most weekdays 8 am – 10 pm, Saturdays 12 pm – 5pm, and Sundays 2 pm – 10 pm. During intersessions (between academic sessions), weekday hours will be 9 am – 5 pm and closed weekends.
- Library hours vary by facility, holidays, and academic sessions - please see website.
Chapel Hill Transit
The Safe Ride route will not operate May 15 – TBA; other routes remain on regular schedules. GoTriangle also offers options to students exploring beyond Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Using Campus Health and CAPS during the Summer
Many of the main services at Campus Health and CAPS are already paid for with the Campus Health Fee, a mandatory fee that all degree-seeking students pay through fees/tuition each term. In general, you can use Campus Health and CAPS in the summer by paying the health fee.
Students and post-docs who paid the spring semester Campus Health Fee can still use services over the summer with the following caveats:
- Graduating students: Can access services for 30 days after graduation, which this year is until June 13th.
- Summer school: Students who take summer classes typically pay the health fee in tuition and fees for that summer term, making them eligible for care over the summer.
- Returning students: Those not taking summer classes but returning for fall classes may pay the summer access charge (equal to the Campus Health fee) to be eligible to receive care during that summer term.
- Rx: All UNC-affiliated persons are welcome to use Campus Health Pharmacy and Student Stores Pharmacy regardless of whether they pay the health fee. If you need to transfer your prescription, ask the pharmacy where you would like your Rx to call and request the transfer.
Remember, the Campus Health Fee benefits students because copays or coinsurance do not apply for most services. This approach ensures cost is not a barrier to access for students requiring medical and mental health services. During the summer, when many students travel away from the area, the Campus Health Fee is only charged to those students accessing services or taking classes on campus instead of all students.