One of the things that I wish had been more visibly available to me as an incoming freshman was a way to get to know campus. Yeah, there’s the housing website and a few online maps (which, as I found out when writing this post, have not been updated since the Paul College was built). But actually getting a little bit of knowledge about campus would have been nice. So, here is a simple guide to campus (or the best I can give you).
The Residential Areas
UNH housing is divided into apartments and residence halls. The residence halls are then divided into three areas: The Hills, The Valley, and The Timbers.
The on-campus apartments include the Woodsides and the Gables. These dwellings are only for upperclassmen and give you the freedom of apartment living while paying a college price. The Gables consists of five towers (A, B, C, North, and South) that “house 1,026 sophomores, juniors, and seniors.” Although a little out of the way (even though they are on campus), The Gables has a connector bus that makes stops around campus, so you don’t need to worry about having a car to get to your classes. These towers house a mail room and package services, computer clusters, three laundry rooms, and a convenience store. The Woodsides houses about 400 students and is right behind the Whittemore Center. Like the Gables, there is a computer cluster, laundry, and mail delivery services.
The Hills: Congreve, Scott, Sawyer, McLaughlin, Lord, Adams Tower West, Jessie Doe, Stoke
Congreve Hall: Home to 276 residents, Congreve (I believe) has the most amount of available single occupancy rooms on campus. Close to the Whitt and the academic side of campus. Supposedly haunted.
Scott Hall: Right in the fishbowl area next to Congreve, this hall has an awesome deck area to be used by its 126 residents.
Sawyer Hall: The perfect dorm for any business major due to its location across from Paul College, this dorm houses 146 residents.
McLaughlin Hall: Home to 140 residents and, like Lord, is directly across from the Whitt. This hall also hosts surprise shows from Improv Anonymous (well maybe that’s a secret, but I’ve been to one!)
Lord Hall: This dorm, which houses 120 residents, has a spacious lounge area and is directly across from the Whitt. Like, you can see the outdoor pool from your window.
Adams Tower West: Originally a part of the New England Center Hotel, this dorm opened in 2010. The triples only dorm is reserved for upperclassmen only. Each room for the 177 residents includes a private bathroom and wall to wall carpeting.
Stoke Hall: One of the largest residence halls on campus, Stoke is home to 611 residents. It’s location near Stillings, Paul College, and downtown Durham make it a prime spot… if you don’t mind parties. Right behind Stoke is Frat Row.
The Valley: Fairchild, The Mills, Alexander, Hetzel, Upper Quad (Hitchcock, Randall, Devine), Lower Quad (Hunter, Gibbs, Engelhardt)
Fairchild Hall: (I live here!) The International Dorm houses 126 residents from the US and around the world. Socials try to get students involved in the community here and abroad by holding events like Fairchild Feast for the dorm and the International Food Luncheon for the entire UNH community.
Mills Hall: For upperclassmen only, this suite-style dorm is home to 382 residents.
Alexander Hall: One of the themed living dorms, Alexander is only for undecided COLA first year students. Located in New Quad, this dorm houses 144 residents who are right between the DUMP and the MUB.
Hetzel Hall: Another one of the supposedly haunted dorms on campus, Hetzel is another one of the New Quad dorms with Fairchild, Alexander, and the Mills. This hall, right on the edge of campus, is home to 162 residents.
Upper Quad (Hitchcock, Randall, Devine): Upper Quad, made up of three attached dorms with a large middle courtyard, is home to Devine Hall: the music dorm. UQ, as it is called, was also the home of the all girls dorm, Hitchcock, until 2013 when the dorm went co-ed.
Lower Quad (Gibbs, Hunter, Engelhardt): Engelhardt Hall is a chem-free themed dorm. This means that the 125 students who live there make a commitment not to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Gibbs Hall is an athletes paradise. The Clubhouse themed dorm is home to 128 sporty Wildcats. Hunter Hall, the leadership themed dorm, is right in the middle of Lower Quad and home to 125 residents.
The Timbers: The SERCS, The Mini Dorms (Richardson, Eaton, Hall, Marston Houses), Williamson and Christensen, Hubbard, Babcock
The SERCS: The SERCs were renamed during the summer of 2013, although many students still call the three buildings SERC A,B, and C. SERC A, or Handler Hall, is home to a CEPS college themed living for its 322 residents. SERC B, also known as Peterson Hall, offers suite style living for its 228 residents. SERC C, now called Haaland Hall is home to the common purposes themed living for multicultural students. The 235 residents who live there enjoy suite style living.
The Mini Dorms (Richardson, Eaton, Hall, Marston Houses): These small, house like dorms, are home to the themed living styles of the first year experience program, outdoor experience, and the arts. The Minis, nestled in a wooded section of the Timbers, house about 50 students each.
Hubbard Hall: The 210 residents here all share one thing that creates the theme of this dorm: they’re all in the honors program.
Babcock Hall: Home to a diverse population of 180 graduate and undergraduate students, this hall is all singles. It also has its own mail room!
The Dairy Bar: Located at the train station (Oh yeah, we have a train and bus station right on campus! Amtrak services campus daily while C & J Bus provide weekend services to Boston), the Dairy Bar is a great place for ice cream, sandwiches and just delicious food! They also accept dining dollars!
Memorial Union Building: For more than just dining, the MUB hosts Union Court, a food court in “the middle of it all” with a nice range of food options. There’s also The Notch, which offers a nice array of movie theater quality treats. Which is great since it’s located right next to the campus movie theater! The MUB is home to many club meeting and study spaces.
Philbrook Dining Hall: Located in the Timbers section of campus, this dining hall serves all day breakfast and a deli. And lets not forget about late night options when the other halls are closed! Philbrook is also home to Pita Pit.
Stillings Dining Hall: This is, arguably, one of the best dining halls on campus. Unfortunately, it is only open weekdays until 8pm; closes at 2pm on Fridays; and is closed all weekend.