Getting to Know Charlotte

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Charlotte’s close proximity to top industry leaders and booming job opportunities are just the beginning of what the city offers. Charlotte is only a two-hour plane ride from 60 percent of the U.S. population. The highest mountains in eastern North America are a short two-hour drive away, and some of the best Atlantic coast beaches can be reached by car in less than four hours.

What’s more, Charlotte’s composite cost of living is lower than all but seven other major metro U.S. cities. Charlotte has the 12th lowest residential property tax, and utility costs are reliable and reasonable, ranking 17th lowest of the top 40 metro markets in the country.

If you are looking to relocate, check out our Northeastern University Charlotte Relocation Guide and additional tips below.



Flights — The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located less than 10 miles from Northeastern University–Charlotte and offers nonstop service to more than 125 destinations. CLT offers rental cars and shuttle services; the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) picks up in front of the Zone D baggage claim.

Bus — CATS connects Uptown Charlotte to the surrounding area by 74 routes, which include eight regional express routes and 10 neighborhood circulators. Click here for bus routes and schedules.

Light Rail — LYNX Blue Line is a 9.6-mile line that spans from the city center to the southern part of Mecklenburg County, running every 10 minutes in peak periods at 15 stations. For more information about LYNX, click here.

Gold Rush — CATS’s Gold Rush shuttles are free to everyone and a convenient way to get around Uptown Charlotte. These two routes run in 12-minute intervals and connect the far reaches of Charlotte’s city center. View the Gold Rush Map.


Charlotte has various rental options for both single and shared living in the Charlotte area. Whether close to the city or nestled in the suburbs, or searching for a historic house or modern apartment or condominium—newcomers can find a great place to call home.

The neighborhoods closest to the Charlotte campus and popular among students are the South End and NoDa. Other neighborhoods to check out that are a bit further away (a car would be necessary) are Ballantyne, NC and Fort Mill, SC which is just over the border. When searching, note that the Charlotte campus is located in zip code 28246.

For information about living in Charlotte, check out our Northeastern University Charlotte Relocation Guide, which includes extensive information about the city of Charlotte, neighborhoods, housing options by neighborhood, city happenings, transportation, and other relocation resources.

To learn about and find local accommodations, including student housing and short-term furnished housing, visit Northeastern’s Off Campus Housing and Support Services (OCHSS) Charlotte website and the online Housing Database Beyond Boston resources.  Click on Charlotte, NC to access apartment listings through, the parent company of our Housing Database. Other resources of the OCHSS Charlotte webpage include city and state resources, renter’s rights information, and Click Pack Move, a free apartment locating service that can help in your search.

Before you sign a lease, take advantage of OCHSS’s Lease Genius program and email [email protected] to have your lease reviewed before you sign it!

Access additional OCHSS relocation resources here, including the following:

Apartment Hunting Checklist

Movers and Storage

Rental Insurance

Roommate Selection Worksheet

Rights and Responsibilities


Are you an accepted student and looking for a roommate? Connect with other Northeastern University Charlotte students on our Student Facebook Group. Check out if other accepted students are looking for a roommate or have an open room in their student accommodation, and feel free to post on the wall if you’re looking for accommodations.


2018-2019 Estimated Cost of Living Expense = $13,214 (estimate includes room and board, books and supplies, and health plan).


*Note to Students: Please be aware that securing housing is the responsibility of the individual student.

Disclaimer: Northeastern University does not endorse any landlord, management company, or individual for housing. Instead, we provide this information as a place for students to begin their housing search. The university does not guarantee in any manner the service or quality of service offered by any landlord, management company, or individual. Students and other members of the university and Charlotte community are under no obligation to utilize the Off-Campus Housing services or to rent from companies or individuals listed through this site.

*Disclaimer: Northeastern University provides information to Northeastern University students, faculty and staff members solely as a courtesy. Northeastern does not endorse any of the housing options listed. Northeastern University accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of housing listings with the office. Contact with persons listed herein must be conducted independently and at your own risk.  The university does not screen, recommend, vouch for, or take responsibility for the condition or safety of housing arrangements made by students.


Charlotte spectators can cheer the home team in just about any sport—area favorites include the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and Charlotte Knights—and enjoy the city’s many beautiful parks, specialized facilities, annual festivals, and other community events.

Among Charlotte’s attractions are:

To find cultural events in Charlotte, visit Charlotte’s got a lot. Or for more basic information about living in Charlotte, visit the Newcomers section of the Charlotte Chamber’s site.