UNCW Campus Dorms & Housing Guide 2022

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of 17 colleges and universities in the University of North Carolina System.

The Wilmington campus is home to over 18,000 students and was recently ranked in the Top 100 best public national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Nearly 2,500 new first-year undergraduates enroll at UNC Wilmington each year, and one of their first steps as incoming Seahawks is to find their new home in Wilmington. To help sort through the options of on and off-campus housing and the benefits of each, here’s a rundown on dorms and housing options for the upcoming 2022 school year at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNC Wilmington Dorm Locations

The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers 14 on-campus residence halls, most reserved for first- and second-year undergraduate students. Room styles vary within each resident call, but most provide both single and double rooms for residents to choose among. The available residence halls on campus include:

Residence Halls for first-year undergraduates:

  • Belk Hall: 4989 Riegel Road, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Cornerstone Hall: 5121 Trihouse Drive, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Graham-Hewlett Hall: 5065 Riegel Road, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Innovation House: 5120 Tri House Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Keystone House: 920 Community Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Loggerhead Hall: 1230 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Pelican Hall: 1190 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Sandpiper Hall: 1180 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Schwartz Hall: 1123 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Terrapin Hall: 1170 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • University Suites: 5246 Suite Service Loop, Wilmington, NC 28407

Residence Halls for second-year undergraduates:

  • Seahawk Crossing: 912 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Loggerhead Hall: 1230 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Terrapin Hall: 1170 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • University Suites: 5246 Suite Service Loop, Wilmington, NC 28407
  • Seahawk Village: 1015 Community Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407

Residence Hall for upperclassmen:

  • Seahawk Landing: 905 Walton Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407

Three of these halls – Seahawk Crossing, Seahawk Village, and Seahawk Landing – are apartment-style communities with larger units for second, third, or fourth-year undergraduates living on-campus. Most of these apartments are three or 4-bedroom units, although Seahawk Crossing offers six and 8-bedroom units, with each student having their bedroom, shared baths, and living areas with their roommates.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers 14 on-campus residence halls, most reserved for first and second-year undergraduate students.

UNC Wilmington On-Campus Dorm Costs

Residence Hall rates at UNC Wilmington vary slightly by dorm and whether the selected room is single occupancy – for an individual student – or double-occupancy, with two students sharing a single bedroom. The cost of on-campus housing includes all utilities – including internet – and is paid on a semester basis, although the housing contract is for the entire academic year. Here’s the breakdown of housing costs at UNCW per bedroom type:

Single-occupancy rates for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Pelican Hall: $4,562 per semester
  • Sandpiper Hall:$4,562 per semester
  • University Suites: $3,667 per semester
  • Terrapin Hall: $4,658 per semester
  • Loggerhead Hall: $4,658 per semester

Double-occupancy rates for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Belk Hall: $3,163 per semester
  • Graham-Hewlett Hall: $3,163 per semester
  • Schwartz Hall: $3,163 per semester
  • Pelican Hall: $4,056 per semester
  • Sandpiper Hall: $4,056 per semester
  • University Suites: $3,458 per semester
  • Terrapin Hall: $4,140 – $4,268 per semester
  • Loggerhead Hall: $4,140 – $4,268 per semester

On-campus apartment rates for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Seahawk Village: $4,360 per semester
  • Seahawk Landing: $4,360 per semester
  • Seahawk Crossing: $4,319 per semester

First and second-year students living on-campus must also purchase a Hawk meal plan, which is not included in the cost of housing. Campus dining at UNC Wilmington offers three meal plans – Hawk Gold, Silver, and Bronze – and flexible block meal plans for students to choose among. Some options are limited based on the hall or campus apartment of residency. For more information on meal plans, click here to see the 2022 – 2023 meal plan offerings.

Benefits of Living On-Campus at UNC Wilmington

Living on-campus is an excellent option for new students looking to acclimate to college life. The University of North Carolina Wilmington requires all first and second-year students to live on-campus – more on that below! – to help with the adjustment to college life. The housing requirement also helps introduce incoming students to their new community at UNC Wilmington. The Office of Housing and Residence Life hosts events throughout the year to promote interaction among on-campus residents and offers a Living Learning Communities (LLC) for first-year students to live and take classes with a small group of fellow students with similar academic interests.

Can UNC Wilmington Students Live Off-Campus?

The University of North Carolina Wilmington requires that all first and second-year students live on-campus in one of the University residence halls and have a Hawk meal plan as part of their residency. This housing requirement is to help students transition to college life and promote academic success during a student’s time at UNC Wilmington. The University points to historical data showing that students who reside and eat meals on-campus achieve higher grade point averages and graduate at higher rates than those who opt to live on-campus. For these reasons – plus the camaraderie and programming the on-campus residence halls provide- UNC Wilmington has an on-campus housing requirement for first- and second-year students.

There are also exceptions to the on-campus housing requirement – including for students over the age of 21 at the start of their first year of classes, who are legally married or have legal dependents – and a commuter option for students who live in the surrounding counties. Upperclass students in their third or fourth years of study (or beyond) can live off-campus, but the Seahawk Landing residence hall offers bed spaces for 601 upperclassmen who wish to continue living on-campus.

Seahawk Retreat offers a range of unique floor plans designed explicitly for UNC Wilmington students. From lofted one-bedrooms to spacious three-bedroom townhouses, there is something for everyone.

Benefits of Living Off-Campus at UNC Wilmington

Students who opt to live off-campus at UNC Wilmington have a more incredible selection of housing, including both purpose-built student housing and traditional apartment complexes.

Purpose-built student housing communities offer individual lease agreements that align with the academic calendar, usually running mid-August through the end of July. A personal lease agreement means students are only responsible for their rent – not the rent for any roommates they may have. Individual lease agreements almost always require a guarantor – usually a parent or guardian – who provides some financial guarantee that the rent will be paid since most students do not have the credit or income to qualify on their own.

Traditional apartment complexes offer a joint-and-several lease agreement, where all roommates are on the same lease and jointly responsible for the monthly rent. These complexes are usually at a slightly lower cost than student housing. Still, students are financially liable for their roommates’ rent payments, and the lease terms do not always align with the university school schedule.

Off-Campus Housing at Seahawk Retreat

Seahawk Retreat offers traditional and student housing options to UNC Wilmington students and non-students close to campus. Seahawk Retreat provides one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. One-bedroom apartments are available on standard lease terms – meaning they have flexible start dates and lease term lengths. At the same time, the two and three-bedroom options rent on individual lease agreements that start with the academic calendar.

Nowhere else in Wilmington will you find the array of lease term options available at Seahawk Retreat! The community offers residents two outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness center, study rooms, a resident lounge, a dog park, and onsite management & maintenance team.

Residents of Seahawk Retreat are within walking or biking distance of the north side of the UNC Wilmington campus and nearby retail and restaurant areas along College Road. For information on availability, roommate matching, and pricing, contact the team at Seahawk Retreat today at (844) 505-9359!