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Directions and Parking | James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Some of our Center-sponsored events take place in the Graham Memorial Lounge of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. We provide these directions and parking information as a courtesy, and they are not endorsed by Honors Carolina and/or the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

Directions

From Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina
Take I-40 west to Exit 270 (US 15-501). Turn left off the exit and cross over I-40 onto US 15-501 south. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence on the left.

From Pittsboro and the Sandhills Area
Take US 15-501 north to Chapel Hill. Cross Fordham Boulevard (this is the US 15-501 Bypass) and stay on US 15-501 Business, which is Columbia Street. Travel 1.5 mile and turn right onto Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street east for a half-mile and look for the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence on the right.

From Durham and Areas Northeast of Durham
Take I-85 south to US 15-501. Travel south and cross I-40. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence on the left.

From Burlington, Greensboro and Western North Carolina
Take I-40 east to Exit 266 (NC Highway 86). Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Historic Airport Road). Travel north 4.1 miles and turn left onto Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for a half-mile and look for the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence on the right.

Parking Information

Parking for visitors is available in several area parking lots and on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.

The closest parking lot is directly in front of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence and is operated by UNC as a campuswide parking lot. This UNC lot is gated and offers 40 public spaces, in addition to annual permit spaces. During normal operations, a parking attendant is on duty during these hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Fees apply for each hour of parking during these hours ($1.75 per hour) and can be paid by cash or credit card. Overnight parking is not permitted in this UNC lot.

UNC reserves spaces in this lot for events, so spaces are not always available. Please allow adequate time to find alternate parking if this lot is not available. Questions concerning this parking lot can be directed to the UNC Department of Public Safety at 919-962-3951.

For other spaces on campus, where parking maybe available for free after 5pm, please refer to the UNC Department of Public Safety’s information on on-campus parking.

Map

For a campus map with the location and photo of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, visit the UNC Maps website.