On-Campus Life

Live, learn, and grow while you're here at NC Central in one of our 11 residence halls. 
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Annie Day Shepard Building

Annie Day Shepard

Built in 1930, the once all-female residence hall is named for the wife of NCCU’s founder, James Shepard. The hall, primarily reserved for Annie Day Shepard Scholars, houses 120 students in suite-style accommodations.

Baynes Building


Renovated in 2009, this nine-story building on the south side of campus houses 400 students. Named after Bascom Baynes, a member of the university’s board of trustees, the hall consists of corridor-style double rooms.

Chidley North

Chidley North

Opened in Fall 2011, the residence hall houses 516 students in corridor- and suite-style accommodations. Chidley Main, North, and Annex were named after Howard J. Chidley, an early financial supporter of the college who served on the Board of Trustees.



A nine-story high rise, the hall consists of corridor-style double rooms and can house 368 people. Renovated in 2007, the hall was named after Frances M. Eagleson, who served the college from 1921 to 1963 as a registrar, dietitian, hostess, teacher, and adviser.

Eagle Landing

Eagle Landing

Built in 2004, this apartment-style building houses 400 students. The three- and four-bedroom apartments are single occupancy.

Martha Street

Martha Street

Constructed in 2004, this 20-unit apartment building provides housing for graduate, law, and non-traditional students. The hall can house 28 students.



Built in 1937, this corridor-style hall houses 90 students. McLean Hall was named to honor Angus W. McLean, North Carolina’s governor from 1925 to 1929, in recognition of his support and contributions to North Carolina College for Negroes.

New Residence II

New Residence II

Built in 1999, this hall houses 244 students in corridor- and suite-style accommodations. The hall contains suites that have living room areas and private bathrooms.



Built in 1999, this hall houses 244 students in corridor- and suite-style accommodations. The hall was named in honor of Chancellor Tyronza R. Richmond, who served as dean of the School of Business in 1977 and as chancellor from 1986 to 1992.



Built in 2005, this hall accommodates 344 students in a corridor- and suite-style design. The hall is named after Benjamin S. Ruffin, an alumnus, civil rights activist, businessman, and civic leader who served as an NCU Board trustee member, as well as the first African American chairman on the UNC Board of Governors.

Community Living Standards for Residential Life


Renovated in 2006, the hall houses 83 students in corridor-style accommodations. The hall was a Public Works Administration project, designed by government architect Carmody. The hall is named after Ruth Gwendolyn Rush, who served 38 years at NC Central as the dean of women, teacher of education, and director of student teaching.

Community Living Standards for Residential Life

The Community Living Standards are a legally binding adjunct to the Housing Agreement. You are equally responsible for complying with the rules, policies, and regulations that appear here as you are for those directly printed on the Housing Agreement.

Future Living Spaces

We are excited to unveil three new residence halls coming online in Fall 2020 and 2021. To learn more and to see a glimpse of our newest additions, please click the link below to visit our Capital Projects page.

Transition to NCCU

The First-Year Residence Experience (FYRE) is committed to creating supportive living and learning environments to ensure a smooth transition to NC Central. With FYRE, students can socialize and access resources to successfully navigate the verdant green and sloping hills of our campus.

On-Campus Dining

NCCU offers a wide variety of dining options, including crowd favorites such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut, and Chick-fil-A; grab-and-go options; and our W.G. Pearson Cafeteria. Learn more about meal plans, menus, and offering by clicking the link below. 

Living Learning Communities and Faculty Aspiring Eagles Academy

Aspiring Eagles Academy

The Aspiring Eagles Academy (AEA) is an academically based enrichment program designed to promote the success of underprepared students who have been accepted to attend North Carolina Central University. Learn more about Aspiring Eagles Academy by visiting the University College website.

Centennial Scholars Program

The Centennial Scholars Program is a flagship program supported by the African American Male Initiative designed to provide members with academic, professional and social experiences that stimulate ambitions and development in a variety of areas; as well as instill a sense of brotherhood. Learn more about the Centennial Scholars Program by visiting the Men’s Achievement Center webpage.

Annie Day Scholars

The Annie Day Shepard Scholars (ADS) Program supports undergraduate women in becoming engaged, confident and connected leaders at North Carolina Central University and beyond. Learn more about the Annie Day Shepard Scholars Program by visiting the Women’s Center webpage.

Eagles for the Community

Open to second-year students, Eagles for the Community (EFC) is a community service-based LLC. Students will engage in a variety of projects and professional development opportunities to enhance their academic experience at NCCU, as well as provide required community service hours.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) is designed to reward and prepare academically gifted students to encourage them towards intellectual initiative and independence. Students are placed through a rigorous course of study to prepare them to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional programs, or assume leadership roles upon graduation. Learn about admittance requirements by visiting the University Honors Program website.

Cheatham-White Scholars

A fully funded four-year scholarship, the Cheatham-White Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program for students attending NC Central. This program was designed to provide an outstanding educational experience for exceptional scholars who have a wide range of interests, demonstrate leadership potential, and have a strong commitment to service. Learn more about the experience by visiting the Cheatham-White webpage.

Faculty in Residence Program

The Faculty in Residence program (FIR) creates a learning-centered home by providing students an opportunity to interact with faculty members outside of the classroom, as well as encouraging faculty to share their academic and personal interests with on-campus residents.

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