Getting to Know Charlotte

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Charlotte’s close proximity to top industry leaders and booming job opportunities are just the beginning of what the city offers. Charlotte is only a two-hour plane ride from 60 percent of the U.S. population. The highest mountains in eastern North America are a short two-hour drive away, while some of the best Atlantic coast beaches can be reached by car in under four hours.

What’s more, Charlotte’s composite cost of living is lower than all but seven other major metro U.S. cities. Charlotte has the 12th lowest residential property tax and utility costs are reliable and reasonable, ranking 17th lowest of the top 40 metro markets in the country.

If you are looking to relocate, check out our NU Charlotte Relocation Guide and additional tips below.



Flights — The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located less than 10 miles from Northeastern University–Charlotte and offers nonstop service to more than 125 destinations. CLT offers rental cars and shuttle services; the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) picks up in front of the Zone D baggage claim.

Bus — CATS connects Uptown Charlotte to the surrounding area by 74 routes, which include eight regional express routes and 10 neighborhood circulators. Click here for bus routes and schedules.

Light Rail — LYNX Blue Line is a 9.6-mile line that spans from the city center to the southern part of Mecklenburg County, running every 10 minutes in peak periods at 15 stations. For more information about LYNX, click here.

Gold Rush — CATS’s Gold Rush shuttles are free to everyone and a convenient way to get around Uptown Charlotte. These two routes run in 12-minute intervals and connect the far reaches of Charlotte’s city center. View the Gold Rush Map.


Charlotte has something for everyone. Whether close to the city or nestled in the suburbs—and whether you’re searching for a historic house or modern apartment or condominium—newcomers can find the perfect place to call home. Nearby neighborhoods include:

For useful tips while apartment hunting, see Northeastern’s Apartment Hunting Checklist.


Charlotte spectators can cheer the home team in just about any sport—area favorites include the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and Charlotte Knights—and enjoy the city’s many beautiful parks, specialized facilities, annual festivals, and other community events.

Among Charlotte’s attractions are:

To find cultural events in Charlotte, visit Charlotte’s got a lot. Or for more basic information about living in Charlotte, visit the Newcomers section of the Charlotte Chamber’s site.