Flying to Wilmington, NC (ILM)

Airport: Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

  • Flights through Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), New York (LGA), & Washington D.C. (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport-DCA or Washington Dulles International Airport-IAD) on American Airlines, Delta, & United Airlines arrive daily. For a list of non-stop destinations out of ILM please visit here.
  • 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

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. Please refer to the chart below for suggested area hotels that often offer discounts to UNCW students, please note the minimum check-in age required.

Transportation from ILM to UNCW

  • August 17 - August 18 

    Airport Pickup

     Shuttles from ILM to UNCW campus will run from 1 pm until 9 pm on Saturday, August 17 and from 9 am until 9 pm on Sunday, August 18.

    Airport Shuttle Schedule

    Saturday, August 17th  1:00pm - 9:00pm (shuttle runs on the hour, every hour)
    Sunday, August 18th 9:00am - 9:00pm (shuttle runs on the hour, every hour)

        Other options

  • Taxis cost approximately $20 USD from ILM to UNCW.
    • For a list of taxis and contact numbers that provide transportation from ILM please visit here.
    • Most taxis accept credit cards.
  • Uber & Lyft are both readily available in Wilmington and are easy to access from the airport.
  • ILM is a small and friendly airport, they will assist you in finding transportation if needed.


On-Campus Housing

For students who elect to live on-campus, the UNCW Office of Housing coordinates all assignments. Detailed information for the room sign up process can be found on your TealTicket for degree-seeking students, or will be sent to you via email if you are an exchange student. To learn more about on-campus housing, visit their website.

Off-Campus Housing

For students who choose to live off-campus, the PERCH office serves as the university resource for researching off-campus accommodation options. For information regarding off-campus housing, please visit the off-campus housing search website. Please note that the PERCH serves as a guide, but students are ultimately responsible for finding their own accommodation, signing a lease, obtaining furniture, etc.


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

Hotels Address Number Age required to check-in
Best Western Plus - Coastline Inn 503 Nutt St. (910) 763-2800 21
Best Western PLUS Wrightsville Beach 5345 Market St. (910) 799-4292 18
Blockade Runner 275 Waynick Blvd (910) 256-2251 21
Courtyard Marriot- Downtown

229 N 2nd St. 

(910) 632-2900 18
Fairfield Inn & Suites  307 Eastwood Rd. 910-791-8082 21
Hampton Inn-Medical Park 2320 S 17th St. (910) 796-8881 25
Hampton Inn-University Area 124 Old Eastwood Rd. (910) 791-9899 18
Hilton Garden Inn  6745 Rock Spring Rd. (910) 509-4046 21
Hilton Wilmington Riverside 301 North Water St. (910) 763-5900 21
Holiday Inn Express & Suites- University Center 160 Van Campen Blvd. (910) 392-3227 18
Holiday Inn  5032 Market Street (910) 392-1101 21
Holiday Inn Resort/ Wrightsville 1706 N Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231 21
Homewood suites 6732 Swan Mill Rd. (910) 791-7272 18
Jameson Inn 5102 Dunlea Court 910-452-5660 21
Residence Inn 1200 Culbreth Dr. (910) 256-0098 21
Shell Island Resort 2700 N Lumina Ave. (910) 256-8696 21
SpringHill Suites 1014 Ashes Dr. (910)239-9975 18
Staybridge Suites 5010 New Centre Dr. (910) 202-8500 21
TownePlace Suites 305 Eastwood Rd. (910) 332-3326 21
Wingate By Wyndham 5126 Market St. (910) 395-7011 21


Additional Travel Resources

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  • Arriving early with your family to explore the area? Learn more about what to see and do here!
  • ILM airport does not offer currency exchange services, if you need cash immediately on arrival we recommend you exchange your currency at a larger airport or prior to your departure. All airports you will connect through to get to ILM should offer currency exchange.
    • If you wish to exchange a large amount of currency, your bank in your home country is likely to offer a better rate for currency exchange or waiting until you can go to a bank in the U.S.