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Tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of first-year students, we offer has four residential communities reserved exclusively for freshmen in HawthornLaurelLynch and Scott Halls. The activities and services offered in these halls are specifically designed to support and engage new students. Additionally, the staff in these areas are specifically trained to know what makes students thrive in a college environment.

New students have the option to live in any of our residential facilities, but students who live in our freshmen-exclusive buildings value their experiences and highly recommend that future students take advantage of the opportunity. For these and other reasons, a majority of our first-year students will live in these four buildings.

Residential Freshman Curriculum

Out-of-class or “co-curricular” learning is a critical piece of the overall college experience. We are intentional about providing residential freshmen the opportunity to learn and grow while they live, work and play in the residence halls. Read more about our Residential Curriculum.

The Global Gateways Program, a residential-based programming model with an international emphasis, launched in Fall 2013 and expands upon our partnership with the Office of International Programs. The Global Gateways Program provides an opportunity for both male and female domestic and international students to experience, appreciate, and learn about new and different cultures in a fun, engaging environment. 

Students in the Global Gateways program do not receive academic credit for participation in the program. However, each participant will receive a "Certificate of Completion" after they complete their stay with Global Gateways. Gateways residents will participate in organized social and educational experiences to increase intercultural competence and global awareness. Types of programs include international cuisine cooking demonstrations, country-specific mini lectures/presentations, foreign film screenings, volunteer options with the Charlotte international community, and more!

Through participation in the Global Gateways Program, students will: 

  • Understand more about self as a cultural being
  • Strengthen one’s intercultural competence
  • Engage with the UNC Charlotte and the city of Charlotte international community
  • Practice conscientiously interacting within an intercultural environment

There is no language requirement for participation in the Global Gateways Program.

Global Gateways

Global Gateways is located in Witherspoon Hall. Open to male and female domestic and international students (second semester first-year to seniors), students will live in single-sex suites.  

To apply to the Global Gateways program, you must complete the Global Gateways online application and the Housing Application. Selected community members will be notified of their acceptance and room assignment. If you have any questions please contact the Office of International Programs at

Witherspoon International Floor

Two room-style options are available in Witherspoon Hall:

Witherspoon International Floor | Suite

(co-ed floor, with single-sex suite)

Suites in Witherspoon Hall have two double-occupancy bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room. A kitchen is available on the second floor, and laundry and vending facilities are available on the first floor. More information is available here.

Witherspoon International Floor | Apartment

(co-ed floor, with single-sex apartment)

Apartments in Witherspoon Hall have four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a storage closet, and a balcony (on the second and third floors). All utilities are included. Laundry and vending facilities are available on the first floor. More information is available here.

Male and female students interested in living in Witherspoon International Floor must complete the Housing Application.

If you have any questions about the Global Gateways Program, contact the Office of International Programs at or 704-687-7755.

Greek Village is home to several sorority organizations. Each house has a chapter room and kitchen for common use and holds either 28 or 14 members. Common outdoor spaces serve as a centerpiece for the Greek Community, and include a sand volleyball court and picnic pavilion, creating a park-like setting for activities and events.

Residence is reserved for members of the organization that is assigned to the house. If membership in a fraternity or sorority is of interest to you, please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at 704‑687‑2147.

Independent Houses at Greek Village

There are several houses in Greek Village that are not affiliated with any Greek Organization and are available for any resident. All houses in Greek Village offer a private bedroom with either a private or semi-private bathroom shared with 1 individual.

International Theme Style Living in Greek Village

Greek Village is also home to the internationally focused Global Gateways House, a 28-bed all-female housing option. Female students interested in the Global Gateways House are encouraged to review details about the program on the OIP website.

Residential space is currently reserved in Levine Hall for students in the Honors College. 

Assignment into this space is a coordinated effort with the Honors College. Information about honors programs and applications for admission may be found on the Honors College website.

Returning Honors College Residents

Current residents will have the opportunity to select their housing space for the next academic year during the Return to Campus Living process.

Return to Campus Living is a chance for current residents to have priority status in choosing where to live for the following academic year. Honors students additionally have priority in selecting Honors in Residence space in Levine Hall.

New/Incoming Honors College Students

Incoming Honors students may select Levine Hall as a housing preference during their basic application process.

We are committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities that will contribute to the academic success of our students. There are many residentially-based programs that are available to incoming freshmen who live on campus.

These programs require a separate application in addition to the Housing Application and deposit. For residential programs, students are assigned to the appropriate building when the college or department sponsoring the Learning Community notifies us of the student's acceptance into the program. Sponsors work closely with us to coordinate specific roommate assignments. Roommates must belong to the same Learning Community.

To view a complete list of programs, to complete the Learning Community Application, or for more information, visit the Learning Community website.

Through a collaboration with UNC Charlotte's Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC, the ROTC Community launched in Fall 2019. 

Student members of the Flying Niners and the 49er Battalion will be able to indicate their interest in the ROTC Community on their housing application. This community will be able to choose from suites, single or double rooms in Holshouser Hall.

ROTC community members will enjoy the ample community space provided throughout the building, as well as, the convience of South Village which is located just steps away from SoVi and the South Village Parking Deck. 

We know that the decision to attend UNC Charlotte is an important step toward the fulfillment of a personal and academic goal! We are here to help make your transition to the University as easy as possible.

UNC Charlotte is a dynamic University that enrolls more transfer students than any other school in North Carolina. We understand that transitions can present challenges academically and socially. As a way to offer support, we have designed a living experience specifically for transfer students.

A transfer-specific community is available in Witherspoon Hall. Some of the benefits associated with these communities include:

  • Living and networking with your peers
  • Resident Advisors who understand specific needs of transfer students
  • Educational, social and career planning events
  • Convenient access to resources for academic advising and career planning