University City South – Charlotte, NC

A small neighborhood on the south side of the larger University City area, University City South is home to the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. UNCC students and faculty comprise most of the neighborhood’s 5,280 residents. Located 10 miles from downtown Charlotte, University City South provides both a quiet residential environment and all the amenities of a large college town.

Restaurants & Nightlife

A diverse college town, University City South features every type of cuisine you could want. Most of the area's restaurants and bars are found on W. W.T. Harris Boulevard. Le Kebab Grill serves University City’s most loved Mediterranean food. An unassuming location, Le Kebab is easy to overlook, but returning customers pack the restaurant every day at lunchtime. The lamb shawarma delights even those customers unimpressed by lamb dishes eaten elsewhere, and a broad selection of appetizers, soups, salads, and entrees accommodates both vegetarians and meat eaters. All dishes are halal. With no dishes over $10 and open until 11 p.m., Le Kebab Grill is an affordable choice for regular lunches and late night snacks. The Caribbean Hut brings authentic Jamaican food to Charlotte. Always crowd favorites, the jerk chicken, oxtail, and curried goat can be found no way else in the city. Pair your meal with a bottle of Ting, a Jamaican lemon soda, to complete the experience.

History & Culture

In 1961, Charlotte College, a two-year college founded in 1946 to serve returning veterans, established a new campus on the outskirts of northern Charlotte. Within three years, the college expanded into a four-year university, and in 1965, it become the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. University City South grew up around the college, creating a residential neighborhood for students, faculty, and staff of the university. The university cultivates a rich art scene, with three galleries and a performing arts hall. The Rowe Arts Gallery displays works of regional, national, and international artists, as well as works by students and faculty, while the Student Union gallery highlights the work of current UNCC students. The Storrs Gallery focuses exclusively on architectural artwork. The Robinson Hall for the Performing houses the UNCC theater department, as well as hosting professional guest artists.

Transportation

On weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (6 p.m. on Fridays), UNCC students can travel around campus on one of three free shuttles, each operating every 15 to 20 minutes, with a mobile app available to track movements and anticipated arrival times. The university places bike racks around campus, though cyclists must travel on city streets that rarely include bike lanes. With limited bike lanes and few sidewalks, residents typically require cars to get around the neighborhood. People wishing to travel by car without the cost and hassle of actually owning a car couldn’t ask for a more accommodating neighborhood than University City South. With Lyft and Uber both actively marketing to university towns, you can summon a private driver at the touch of a button. If you need to rent a car but have no need for a driver, Hertz 24/7 provides another option. Operating on the UNCC campus, the service allows members to rent cars by the hour through a simple self-service process. US-85 provides easy access to downtown Charlotte. Though typically a 20-minute drive, allow more time during rush hour traffic.

Cost

The cost of living in University City South is comparable to the Charlotte average in all aspects except for housing. While home buyers will find properties 18 percent less expensive than elsewhere in the metropolitan area, renters should expect to pay a median monthly rent of $955, compared to the average Charlotte price of $868. Commuters can purchase a single ticket on a CATS bus into downtown Charlotte or $3, or you can obtain a monthly unlimited pass for $121. Driving also proves an affordable option, as filling up your gas tank in University City South costs 2 percent less than the national average.

Shopping

Bibliophiles and music fans alike will all find a reason to love The Last Word, a used book and media store selling books, DVDs and VHS tapes, CDs and vinyl, and video games. The store sells only the highest quality used merchandise, so while they will likely not buy your damaged books, books in good condition will fetch a higher price here than at any other area reseller. With a café and art gallery also on site, the shop invites customers to have a cup of coffee while reading or listening to the latest albums from local bands. Just down the road lies Sweet Repeats Upscale Consignment Boutique. Divided into two distinct sections, the store stocks high-end designer consignments for the mature consumer, as well as affordable pieces geared toward the college student. For all other shopping needs, the Shoppes at University Place provides the area’s most comprehensive shopping center. Featuring a blend of chain stores, local boutiques and restaurants, the Shoppes’ outdoor setting distinguishes it from other area malls. Located on a lake, patrons can take a break from their shopping to enjoy a paddle boat ride with Dave’s Paddleboats, open year-round. The shopping center also hosts an annual outdoor concert series, with performances on Thursday nights.

Parks

With the Torrence Creek Greenway adjacent to campus, University City South residents have no need to travel outside town to explore the woods. Along the 1.4-mile paved trail, giant rock formations greet hikers and cyclists, while a small track of boardwalk leads into wetlands. Open from dawn to dusk, early morning and late evening visitors often report deer sightings along the greenway. The 1.6-mile Toby Creek greenway spans diagonally across the neighborhood, making it easily accessible to all residents. A favorite park for butterfly enthusiasts, zebra swallowtails lay their eggs on the greenway’s papaw trees, while tiger swallowtails, azures, mourning cloaks and question marks flutter throughout the greenway.
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