New England Center Not Needed for Student Housing; Will Continue as Hotel
Contact:  Erika Mantz
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UNH Media Relations
June 2, 2006

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire will not need to use the New England Center hotel towers for student housing this fall. It will continue to operate as a hotel and conference center.

“The New England Center is poised to honor all contracts currently in place and will aggressively pursue new business,” said David May, executive director of University Hospitality Services. “We are open for business and look forward to welcoming new guests.”

June 1 was the deadline for new and returning students to take advantage of incentives the university offered to ease the housing strain for fall semester and enough students took advantage of those incentives. While housing on campus will be crowded, the university will be able to accommodate students within existing residence halls. This will require built-up triples and study lounges, similar arrangements to those we have used in the past to accommodate demand. The entering first-year class is expected to be 3,050.