Howell Street Apartments and Houses FAQs



Friends at Howell Street Apartments & House Rentals, Chapel Hill, North Carolina I love the idea of being able to live with a group of my friends in off-campus student housing in Chapel Hill, and my social life is very important to me, but I also need to study? Would this be a problem for me at the Howell Street Apartments and Houses?

The Howell Street Apartments and Houses were recently rebuilt and remodeled from the ground up to address this very concern with some ingenious floor plans. While each apartment and house has a spacious kitchen/dining room/living room area that makes it easy and fun to hang out with your roommates and friends, the design and location of the roomy bedrooms also include extra sound insulation in the walls, floors and ceilings to muffle noise and enable you to study or rest in privacy and quiet when you want to. Also, each bedroom is wired for cable, in addition to receiving the apartment’s WiFi signal.

I am looking for affordable, comfortable off-campus student housing where I can live with my friends but safety and security are very important to me. What is the neighborhood like around the Howell Street Apartments and Houses?

The location of the Howell Street Apartments and Houses is, in many ways, ideal for students at UNC-Chapel Hill. We are nestled securely in a quiet, all-student neighborhood with virtually no crime. Even so, we have made significant investments in security lighting throughout the apartments and houses so that our tenants will not only be secure, but they feel safe. Each unit has its own security alarm system.

How do I get to class from my off-campus apartment or house?

The Howell Street Apartments and Houses are conveniently located for students at UNC-Chapel Hill:

  • One block from the bus stop for four bus lines (NS, J, D and V): 5 minutes to Franklin Street. Real-time next bus information is readily available at www.chtransit.org
  • Two blocks from the P2P bus stop
  • 10-12 minutes to class by bike
  • 15-20 minute walk

Parking at Howell Street Apartments & House Rentals, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaI understand that parking is often a problem at
off-campus student housing in Chapel Hill. What is the parking situation at the Howell Street Apartments and Houses?


The Howell Street Apartments and Houses have sufficient parking spaces on the premises to accommodate each of our tenants and also some guest parking. Each of our tenants is issued a parking sticker which designates that vehicle as having the right to park in one of our private lots.

I’ve heard from friends that utility bills in some Chapel Hill off-campus student housing can be quite expensive. What is the situation at the Howell Street Apartments and Houses?

One of the several goals of the recent remodeling of the Howell Street Apartments and Houses was to take advantage of current technology to minimize the expense of utility bills. High-efficiency windows, washer/dryer units, extra insulation in walls, floors and ceilings all join forces in our design to minimize monthly utility bills for our tenants.

I’m a little nervous at the idea of moving out of the dorms to off-campus student housing in Chapel Hill. I have never really been out on my own like that before. How do I cook, clean and keep house?
Dining at Howell Street Apartments & House Rentals, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaWe have equipped the Howell Street Apartments and Houses to help you make this transition as smoothly and easily as possible:

  • Cooking is fun and efficient. The spacious new kitchen features easy to keep clean Corian counter tops, a side-by-side refrigerator with water/ ice dispenser, electric stove and oven, microwave and double sink with garbage disposal.
  • Do your laundry hassle-free. Each 4-bedroom house has its own high-efficiency washer/dryer. Each 6-bedroom apartment has TWO high-efficiency washer/dryer units. No waiting for an open machine in the building’s community laundry room or slogging through the rain or driving to a laundromat to do your washing.
  • We’re always available to answer your questions. Prior to moving in we’ll make sure you have all the information you need to settle in to your new apartment. We provide detailed instructions on everything from setting up your utilities to “Helpful Household Hints’ to make sure your transition from the dorm to independent living is not only simple but enjoyable.

Fall and Spring are beautiful in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. How would I make the most of a nice day outside at the Howell Street Apartments and Houses?

  • If you want to study or read, there are picnic tables strategically placed all around the Howell Street Apartments and Houses. The ones closest to your apartment or house are within range of your WiFi signal, so you can access the Internet from your laptop or phone right there.
  • Invite your friends to a barbecue. There are several private outdoor social areas with grills and picnic tables around the complex.
  • If you’re feeling athletic, join the games at the Olympic-sized sand volleyball court. Or just enjoy watching the players having fun.

BBQ at Howell Street Apartments & House Rentals, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaThere are so many different kinds of off-campus student housing in Chapel Hill being advertised and promoted, I feel kind of overwhelmed. How can my friends and I be sure that the Howell Street Apartments and Houses are the right decision for us and our particular wishes and needs?

While it is obviously necessary and important to review as much information as you can about the various off-campus housing choices available in Chapel Hill, the most accurate and unbiased source of information about a particular housing complex has to be the students who live there themselves. Look them up and ask them the questions that are important to you: “How do you like living there?”, “If you have a problem, is the landlord accessible to you? Responsive? Does he follow up with you to make sure it has been solved?”, etc.

After seeing the Howell Street Apartments and Houses for myself and talking with several students who live there now, I’m sold! But it’s going to take me several days to assemble a group and put together the security deposit. Is there anything I can do to make sure I don’t lose my chance while I do this?

We give you the opportunity to put down a fully-creditable, non-refundable deposit of $1,000 which guarantees you that we will hold the apartment or house for you for 10 days while you assemble the remainder of your security deposit.

What do I do if I have a problem?

If it’s a maintenance problem:

If it’s a general problem or question contact howellstpropertymgt@gmail.com

If it’s an EMERGENCY call our office using the contact information provided to all tenants.

What do I do if someone is parking in the lot without a Howell Street Parking Sticker?

Where should guests park?

  • Guests should park against the retaining wall in the gravel 221 Howell parking lot.

Are pets allowed in my apartment?

  • No

Is smoking allowed in the apartment?

  • No

Must I take out renters’ insurance?

  • This is not required, but it is highly recommended to protect your personal property.

What if I want to renew my lease for next year?