Flying to Wilmington, NC

Airport: Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

  • Flights through Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT) & New York (LGA) on Delta & American Airlines arrive multiple times a day. 
  • ILM Distance from Campus: 10-15 minutes

Important things to remember when booking your flight to the U.S.:

  • Do not book your flight until your U.S. Visa is confirmed.
  • You will go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prior to landing in ILM, don't forget to bring the items below for the CBP officer. All documents will be returned to you.
    • All Students:
      • Passport
      • Visa (this will be stamped in your passport, excluding Canadian citizens)
    • F-1 Degree Seeking Students
      • Signed I-20 
      • Proof of I-901 SEVIS fee payment
      • Financial documents (supporting documents showing proof of funding for academic year that you submitted for your I-20)
    • J-1 Exchange Students
      • Signed DS-2019 Form
  • Arrive prior to International Student Orientation which is mandatory for all incoming international students. On-campus housing typically opens 1-2 days prior to International Student Orientation.
  • If you plan to arrive prior to on-campus housing opening or if you want to arrive early to look for off-campus housing, you are responsible for arranging temporary accommodation and our Airport Pick-Up program may not be available. Please refer to the chart below for suggested area hotels that often offer discounts to international students.

Arriving in Wilmington, NC

Transportation from Airport to Campus:

  • Sign up for our FREE Airport Pick-Up program (limited dates apply).
  • Taxis cost approximately $20 USD from ILM to UNCW.
  • Uber is available in Wilmington.
  • ILM is a small and friendly airport, they will assist you in finding transportation if needed.


If you are living off-campus please utilize the UNCW Off-Campus Housing Search Website.

We strongly encourage you to arrange accommodations prior to arriving in Wilmington, but if you wish to arrange temporary accommodations on your own to allow time to look at apartments we suggest contacting one of the hotels below that are close to campus. Don't forget to ask hotels if they offer discounts for UNCW students!

Suggested Temporary Accommodations

Baymont Inn & Suites
306 South College Road
0.82 miles from campus
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 North Water Street
7.95 miles from campus
Best Western Plus
5345 Market Street
1.3 miles from campus

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
160 Van Campen Boulevard
1.19 miles from campus

Country Inn and Suites

4706 New Centre Drive

2.7 miles from campus


Jameson Inn

5102 Dunlea Court
2.28 miles from campus

Courtyard by Marriott
151 Van Campen Boulevard
1.20 miles from campus
MainStay Suites
5229 Market Street
1.80 miles from campus
Extended Stay America
4929 New Centre Drive
1.26 miles from campus
Sleep Inn
5225 Market Street
1.80 miles from campus
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
307 Eastwood Road
2.00 miles from campus
TownPlace Suites by Marriott
305 Eastwood Road
1.90 miles from campus
Hampton Inn - University Area
124 Old Eastwood Road
1.77 miles from campus
Wingate by Wyndham
5126 Market Street
1.99 miles from campus
Hilton Garden Inn
6745 Rock Spring Road
4.14 miles from campus
Holiday Inn Wilmington
5032 Market Street
2.5 miles from campus

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