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Information about the UNCC Niner Choice Program

Gold Standard Properties
Green Standard Properties

In an effort to provide the most secure off-campus housing option for UNC Charlotte students, UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department have partnered to launch a safety initiative called Niner Choice. Niner Choice is voluntary for property owners and managers to participate in the program.


To promote increased security measures in University Area off campus properties;

To increase relationships and communication between off campus properties and the University; and

To help students and their families make informed decisions regarding off campus living options by providing them with criteria to consider; and to educate the property owners/managers on how to make their properties safer for students.

Safety Standards:

All properties listed on this website have undergone a security survey of their property. The security survey evaluated the overall safety of the property, the individual units, the bedrooms and has met security requirements that have been set by the Niner Choice Taskforce. The two standard levels for this program are the Green Standard and the Gold Standard. Green Standard indicates the property meets the standard for safety and security. Gold Standard indicates the property exceeds the standard for safety and security. Because of their increased security measures, Gold Standard properties will be provided with a banner advertisement on the Off Campus Housing homepage and given first selection at our UNC Charlotte Vendor Fair. 

1. Property will not exceed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Crime and Disorder Threshold.  The Crime and Disorder threshold numbers are based on a quarterly timeframe.  If a property exceeds this threshold, they will be removed from the Niner Choice Program for a minimum of 3 months. 

 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Crime and Disorder Threshold


Green Standard-Multi-family Business Practices:

(Property will meet all of the listed requirements below)

Property manager will attend the Crime Free Training or Problem Solving for Property Managers

  • Student only units
  • Property managers attend meetings (quarterly) and training
  • Can't exceed police crime threshold per rental ordinance
  • Drug & Crime Free Addendum
  • Criminal History Screening of all tenants
  • Manager will provide crime prevention material in the move in packets
  • Manager will host a crime prevention/safety meeting for their residents

Security Features:

  • Proper landscaping
  • Adequate lighting
  • Three inch screws for strike plates
  • 160 or 180 degree peephole on the front door
  • Grade 2 or better locks with deadbolts
  • Secondary lock on sliding glass doors
  • Exterior door locks will be in good working order
  • Sliding glass doors will have a secondary lock
  • Bedrooms, units and building labeled
  • Windows will have working lock
  • Working smoke and carbon monoxide detector
  • 24 hour emergency contact number for maintenance

Gold Standard Security Features:

(Property will meet all of the requirements for the Green Standard plus 5 out of the 10 requirements listed below)

  • Solid Core Doors
  • Emergency phones
  • Self-closing & locking front doors
  • Licensed and insured on-site security
  • Video surveillance
  • Gated entry
  • Fence surrounding the property
  • High security strikeplates on exterior doors
  • Lock & door reinforcers
  • Alarm system installed in each unit