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Niner Choice Program

Exploring Off-Campus Housing?

The Department of Housing and Residence Life believes that living on-campus offers the best possible start for a college student’s journey. We recognize students are faced with tough decisions about where to live on and off campus. Off-Campus Student Services is part of a unit in Housing and Residence Life that is committed to assisting students to make the most of their off-campus experience. Through education and outreach, Off-Campus Student Services aims to help to guide students who are searching for and establishing a home off campus. Our goal is to help students and their families be savvy consumers of off-campus housing options. Additionally, we’re here to facilitate connections between off-campus students and valuable campus resources.

Niner Choice Program

The Niner Choice Program is a safety initiative designed to help students and parents make informed decisions about off-campus living options. It is a partnership between UNC Charlotte Housing and Residence Life, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, and UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety. Implemented in 2014 and reimagined in 2019, the program is focused on supporting the safety of students and building relationships with off campus resources. It is not a stamp approval or endorsement from UNC Charlotte or the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, a guarantee of student safety, or an option for every property. 

Properties which chose to participate in the Niner Choice Program need to meet and adhere to specific safety standards and record-keeping, and not meet or exceed specific crime thresholds. Participating properties agree to undergo an annual physical security survey and an annual administrative review of leasing files. This assessment evaluates the safety features of the property, its grounds, and units. 

Please note that neither the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) nor the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (the CMPD) own, manage, endorse, or recommend any specific rental property. A Niner Choice Program designation is not a representation or warranty regarding the suitability, fitness, condition, or safety of any specific rental property, and neither UNC Charlotte nor CMPD are responsible for the accuracy or completeness of, or any liability or damage arising from the use of, any information provided in connection with the Niner Choice Program. Students and families must exercise independent judgment when evaluating a prospective rental property.

Niner Choice Properties

The two standard levels for this program are the Green Standard and the Gold Standard. The Green Standard indicates the property meets the minimum safety requirements for participation in the program. The Gold Standard indicates the property meets all of the Green Standard requirements as well as 5 of the 11 enhanced safety features. (Provisional indicates recent changes in property management and/or pending reassessment of the property.) Additional details can be found here.

Gold Standard:

  • The Edge
  • University Crossings
  • University Walk
  • Townhomes at 49 North 
  • Latitude 49
  • University Village

Green Standard:

  • Rush
  • The Mill
  • The Union

You can find current availability on the Niner Choice properties here.

Additional Resources

We encourage you to become familiar with the resources provided on the Off-Campus Housing website to access helpful tools and resources for living off campus including but not limited to:

  • Niner Choice Program details and participation standards
  • Properties participating in the Niner Choice Program 
  • Sample lease
  • Information on tenant’s rights
  • Safety tips
  • Campus and community resources

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Niner Choice Program, living off-campus, or need some help connecting to on-campus resources, please contact us by phone at 704-687-7501 or email at Off-Campus Student Services is located in the Housing and Residence Life office (#29 on the campus map).