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East Carolina University offers many different residence halls for students to live in, with three different neighborhoods to choose from. Based on your preferences and needs, it is important to explore the different neighborhoods and discover which one is best for you. The areas are College Hill, West End, and Central campus. All neighborhoods have their ups and downs, which are listed below:

College Hill


If you love sporting events, College Hill may be the neighborhood for you. A five minute walk from Dowdy Ficklen Stadium, football games are a breeze when you live here. This is a very popular neighborhood for athletes (varsity and club). This section of campus is also more quiet, with its own gym, mailing center, dining hall, and additional food options.


While the neighborhood is more quiet, College Hill is quite a walk from campus. In order to get to the classrooms, students have to walk down the hill and cross a main street. During spring and fall this is not too bad, but in winter and summer it can be a little inconvenient. College Hill is also farther away from the student center, the student recreation center, and other campus resources.

Central Campus


If you have a tendency to oversleep, Central may be the neighborhood for you. Just a two minute walk from academic campus, this is a convenient area if you tend to hit the snooze button or want to come back to nap in between classes. Central campus is also right in the middle everything, so when there are events on the mall all you have to do is walk out the door! Plus, living in these dorms gives you a beautiful view of the Cupola.


Since you are right in the middle of College Hill and West Campus, you have at least a 5-10 minute walk to either area. The dorms on central campus are also the original dorms from when ECU was founded, so they are older than others on campus. However, they are scheduled for renovations soon so do not let that stop you. But since these dorms are right on the mall, if there are events going on throughout campus, things can get noisy.

West End


West End is located right next to Uptown Greenville. If you like to shop or eat out, a 5 minute walk can take you to various locations. West End also has its own dining hall, and is a 2 minute walk from the gym, student center, and the library. West End is also very close to the Pirate Academic Success Center, where students can get free tutoring and review sessions for exams. There are many on campus jobs that are very close to this neighborhood as well.


Since West End is right next to Uptown Greenville, sometimes at night things can get loud. There is quite a bit of nightlife in this area, so on weekends it can be a bit noisy. West End is also about a 10 minute walk to academic campus, so not nearly as close as Central. The parking lot for students on West Campus is also much farther than the parking lot provided for students that live on College Hill.

Overall, East Carolina University has many neighborhood and residence hall options for its students. Whether you want to be close to academics, athletics, or campus resources it is possible to find the perfect place for you. ECU lets you pick your neighborhood, dorm, and room so if you do your research, your first year can be outstanding! When you take a tour of campus, you can visit all the neighborhoods and see which is best for you.


Nicole Fox

I am a senior Recreational Therapy major at East Carolina University in the Honors College. I strive to help other students navigate life at Pirate Nation!

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