Location and Travel

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Chapel Hill is a multicultural university town that is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a resident population of 59,000.

As one of the three “points” of The Research Triangle, Chapel Hill, along with Raleigh and Durham, continually receives accolades for being a top location to live and do business.

In 2014, Chapel Hill was listed as one of the top 10 Best Town in America by Travel and Leisure magazine. In August 2012, Money magazine ranked Chapel Hill number 10 on its list of the top 100 best places to live in America. In August 2009, Entrepreneur magazine profiled Chapel Hill as one of 10 startup-friendly cities.

Chapel Hill is a trend-setting playground full of sights, sounds and tastes that make it the kind of place that authors, musicians, and artists call home.

Chapel Hill is nestled in the rolling, wooded Piedmont of North Carolina. It is located three hours from the Atlantic coast and three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of recreational activities.


Chapel Hill is within 20 miles of the Raleigh Durham (RDU) International Airport. RDU serves nearly 40 non-stop destinations, including London Heathrow, most major airports on the Atlantic coast of the US, and two west coast airports (Los Angeles and San Francisco). There are about 400 flights daily at RDU. Taxi service between RDU and Chapel Hill is takes around 30 minutes and costs approximately $40 (don't forget to tip!).

We have made arrangements with Skylink Shuttle to transport CHIIR attendees to and from the airport at a special rate. For a single person, the cost, if booked online, is $30 plus a 10% discount (so $27). The cost for each additional CHIIR attendee in the same shuttle is $8. So, for two CHIIR attendees the total cost would be $35 (plus tip!). The discount code is CHIIR.

Visa Support Letters

ACM provides visa support letters for attendees as well as authors with accepted papers, posters, or members of the conference committee.

For visa support letters, send email to: supportletters@acm.org. Please allow up to one week to receive the letter from ACM. Requests will be handled by ACM in the order that they are received. Please include the following information with each request:

  • Name (as it appears on attendee’s passport) and mailing address

  • The name of the conference attendees is registering for

  • Attendee’s registration confirmation number

  • Authors may indicate their paper title. Speakers can provide the title of their talk.

  • Include a fax number or email address of where letter can be sent