NC AHEC student housing is short-term lodging for health sciences students who are completing community-based rotations in North Carolina. Students are not required to use NC AHEC housing, and NC AHEC housing is not meant to serve or replace a student’s permanent residence. Our goal is to make community-based education at clinical sites more accessible.

We have provided student housing since the 1970s, now providing over 56,000 nights annually. The nine regional AHECs provide housing in 50 counties in approximately 70 towns and cities across the state. The majority of our housing is through rented apartments or AHEC-owned homes/condos, but we also utilize private homeowners, especially in rural areas.

For our primary academic partners or affiliated universities (see list below), the current rate is $7 night; for all others the rate is up to $25 per night.

AHEC Affiliated Universities & Colleges

  • Campbell University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • High Point University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • UNC-Charlotte
  • UNC-Greensboro
  • UNC-Wilmington
  • Wake Forest University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston Salem State University

Individual AHECs may also provide services or support to other universities (non-affiliated) at the local level.

In compliance with UNC General Administration Board of Governors directives, AHEC does not collect any fees from students of affiliated schools. The NC AHEC Program Office invoices affiliated universities twice yearly for their student’s use of housing. Local AHECs collect housing fees directly from students of non-affiliated schools.

Any health sciences student may apply for NC AHEC housing through our online portal at Each AHEC reviews applications, taking into account a variety of factors (date of application, length of stay, co-ed status, school affiliation) and notifies the student as soon as possible. We also implemented an online evaluation process and welcome students’ feedback on their stays at NC AHEC housing.

While we are not able to meet every housing request and the demand for student housing continues to grow, NC AHEC student housing is among the largest (if not the largest) student housing system within the National AHEC Organization.