University of North Carolina at Wilmington Off-Campus Housing Guide When to search
If you’re a student of UNC Wilmington and you’re hoping to get out of those dorms next fall, you’re going to want to begin your search for a new home starting right after you come back from winter break. For those looking for a place with two or more bedrooms, definitely get moving on signing a lease as quickly as you can, but a good rule of thumb is to get a place locked down before May, no matter what size unit you’re trying to find.
Rent in Wilmington
For a beach town, Wilmington has fairly reasonable housing rates – it’s possible to live fairly inexpensively in relatively nice places. If you’re looking to live on your own in a studio or one-bedroom apartment, plan on paying a significantly higher cost per month – on average, single-person units cost between $200 and $300 more per month than two, three, or four bedroom homes. However, these kind of places often include amenities or utilities in the cost of monthly rent, so it can balance out the pricing a little bit. If you’re definitely looking to save some cash, living with a few roommates is the way to go.
Check out the average cost breakdown per bedroom below:
Life in Wilmington, NC Where to Have Fun
Students at UNC Wilmington are fortunate enough to have access to not only numerous beautiful beaches but also the city’s Historic District. The Historic District has tons of sights to see, as well as great shopping, dining, and nightlife options. UNCW offers students plenty of opportunities to stay physically active, as well as active through different groups and clubs on campus. During downtime, students can be found cooking out at the beach, enjoying frequent festivals around town, listening to impromptu music performances, or getting a taste of Wilmington’s rich history. There’s always something going on around town to keep everyone busy! Listed below are some of the awesome activities that UNC Wilmington students are lucky to engage in on a regular basis.
1. Catch an outdoor concert at Greenfield Park
2. Grab some ice cream in the Historic District
3. Head out to nearby Masonboro Island (definitely not a bad idea to make friends with that guy in your Chem class who constantly talks about having a boat)
4. Cook out at one of the nearby beaches
UNC Wilmington students have access to a ton of great food, particularly both down-home-Southern-comfort-style cooking and (you guessed it!) seafood. Wilmington has plenty of awesome dining to offer the many visitors they receive every year, and residents of the town reap the benefits. The nightlife is also pretty much centered around the student population, which means that there are tons of bars that offer great drink deals, as well as nightly entertainment. You won’t want to miss any of these student favorites!
1. Chops Deli
2. Flaming Amy’s Burrito Bar
3. Casey’s Buffet Barbecue
4. South College Sandwiches
5. The Dixie Grill
1. Satellite Bar and Lounge
2. Lula’s Pub
3. The Blind Elephant
4. JohnnyLukes KitchenBar
5. Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern
Students at UNC Wilmington love to be outdoors – and it’s no wonder, given all the awesome options they have for getting back to nature in the area. When students aren’t enjoying the sand and surf of any of the nearby beaches, they can be found walking the paths at Hugh McRae Park or Greenfield Park. There are a multitude of arboretums that offer beautiful walking paths in the area as well, but the main one that students typically venture out to see is The Arboretum of New Hanover County.