Figuring out housing at UNH is a yearly task for students. Between trying to arrange combinations of friends and anxiously awaiting your RAC time when you can log in to select a hall, the housing process is a big deal. Fortunately, there are plenty of residence hall options at UNH and there is definitely something for everyone. If you’re an incoming freshman, you’ve likely just recieved your housing assignment and are wondering what to expect from the place that will become your home for the next academic year.
Here’s some information about each residence hall or housing option to get you started in your research… Don’t forget that the UNH Housing website is full of details and resources as well!
Here’s a little about each dorm that UNH freshmen can live in…
- Williamson Hall & Christensen Hall: Some of the most popular dorm choices for social incoming freshman, these connected buildings house many students, making for a large community of possible friends. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the size of these dorms, don’t worry — the floor sizes are small (25-35 residents), making it easy to feel included. These buildings have great lounges where you can relax and study, outdoor athletic courts and picnic tables, an information desk in the Williamson lobby and a Math Center for tutoring in the Christensen basement. If you live here, you’ll probably grab meals at Philbrook (“Philly”) which is steps from these residence halls.
- Alexander Hall: Alexander is a centrally located, first-year dorm boasting two lounges, one for studying and another for fun. Since it’s a Learning Community, all Alexander residents have at least one class with another Alexander resident, which means it’s never hard to make friends (or get together to study!). Students in Alexander enjoy the grassy quad the hall shares with several other dorms and take advantage of their close proximity to Holloway Commons (“HoCo”) and the Memorial Union Building (“MUB”).
- Lord Hall: Lord is a smaller residence hall which means residents have an easy time meeting each other and building a community. Lord has a particularly good location — it is tucked away in a quiet part of campus but it is easy to access the Hamel Recreation Center, the Whittemore Center (“Whitt”) and many academic buildings. For meals, you’ll likely head to Stillings.
- Richardson House (The Minis): For first-year students who crave private space but socialization as well, Richardson may be a perfect fit. All but five of the rooms are singles; however, the community is close-knit. Richardson House is focused on the first-year experience, meaning that residents are encouraged to hang out together in the large lounges or at campus events.
First-year and upperclassmen
- Hall House (The Minis): If you’re an outdoor lover, then you’ll love the quiet, woodsy setting of Hall House and the community of nature lovers. You’ll even be in close proximity to the nature trails that wind through beautiful College Woods.
- Marston House (The Minis): A small dorm with many single rooms for students, Marston is perfect for students who crave privacy but also appreciate a welcoming community.
- Eaton House (The Minis): Artistic students may find inspiration among this community of artists nestled in a quiet part of campus. The community is small yet vibrant, and students are often inspired by the natural setting.
- Upper Quad: The Upper Quad, which consists of three connected buildings called Hitchcock, Randall and Devine, houses first-year and upperclassmen students. If you live here, you’ll love your proximity to the MUB and HoCo (especially during those snowy winters!), and you’ll enjoy spending time in the many spacious lounges and the leafy quad.
- The SERCs: Peterson, Handler and Haaland Halls make up what students call the “SERCs.” These newer dorms house fisrt-year and upperclassmen students in traditional-style rooms as well as suite-style rooms. They are close in proximity to many academic buildings, especially Kingsbury Hall, the engineering building. One floor of Handler Hall is even dedicated to the InCEPStion Residential Learning Community (RLC), in which all students are part of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and have classes together. Similarly one floor in Peterson Hall is the Life Sciences RLC for students in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA).
- Engelhardt Hall: Located in the Lower Quad, Engelhardt enjoys a close-knit community of first-year and upperclassmen residents who are committed to keeping the hall alcohol- and drug-free. Engelhardt is located close to downtown, HoCo and the MUB, in addition to several other residence halls.
- Hunter Hall: Right next to Engelhardt you’ll find Hunter, where the small community of freshmen and upperclassmen aim to develop their leadership skills. A five-week experience called Emerging Leaders will help you hone your skills and get involved on campus. When you’re not hanging out on the quad with your hallmates, you can head to HoCo, the MUB or downtown, which are all just a short walk away.
- Gibbs Hall: Gibbs Hall is a perfect environment for sports and fitness enthusiasts. The Hall, located in the Lower Quad, is surrounded by grassy lawns, a volleyball court and a basketball court, making it a great setting for active residents.
- Hubbard Hall: Students in Hubbard all share a commitment to academic excellence. Whether you’re in the Honors Program or simply want to be surrounded by fellow academically minded students, Hubbard is a great dorm for studious residents. The large, quiet study lounge means that you’ll never have to search for a place to get some work done.
- Congreve Hall: Congreve residents enjoy the updated hall’s amentities and vibrant community. Congreve has a grand piano and an abundance of great lounges, perfect for getting to know your hallmates or studying with friends.
- Stoke Hall: Stoke is the largest residence hall at UNH, although students enjoy a fantastic sense of community. The mostly freshmen and sophomore residents of Stoke easily make friends and enjoy the residence hall’s ideal location near Stillings dining hall and many academic buildings, especially the Paul College of Business and Economics.
- Scott Hall: This picturesque hall sits in the middle of campus on a grassy lawn where students enjoy hanging out. It is close to Stillings dining hall and Main Street, making it easy to get all around campus from Scott.
- Sawyer Hall: Located steps away from Paul College, Sawyer has a traditional residence hall set-up with mostly double rooms. It houses mostly sophomores, but freshmen, juniors and seniors live there as well.
- Hetzel Hall: Hetzel Hall is a smaller hall with a close-knit community. Its location on Main Street puts it next to many businesses, coffee shops, restaurants and more. Students can also hang out in the quad that Heizel shares with several other halls.
- Jessie Doe Hall: Jessie Doe is a smaller hall that enjoys an ideal location near the Whitt and Stillings dining hall. Students have several different options for room configurations (singles, doubles, built-up triples, and quads) and have two large lounges at their disposal for studying or relaxing.
- McLaughlin Hall: Another small hall, McLaughlin residents form a tight-knit community. The hall is located near many campus amentities but is surrounded by trees and grassy areas.
- Fairchild Hall: Fairchild is perfect for international students or students who want to learn about different cultures and make friends from other countries. The international theme means Fairchild is very diverse. Residents enjoy participating in International Education Week, when they host their super-popular annual International Food Luncheon.
- Mills Hall: The Mills offers suite-style living for upperclassmen in an updated building. Each floor has three to four lounges, fostering a hall-wide sense of community. The location is ideal, as the hall sits steps away from HoCo and the MUB, as well as close to downtown and Main Street.
- Adams Tower West: Adams Tower residents live in spacious triples with attached bathrooms. The upper-class community is close-knit and the woodsy location feels quiet while also being convenient to many academic buildings and Stillings dining hall.
- The Gables: The Gables are composed of five student apartment buildings that offer students independence but also community and access to campus resources. Students have access to fully-furnished apartments, a mail desk, a fitness studio and parking. Campus is just a walk or short bus ride away.
- Woodside: Located behind the Whitt and the Hamel Recreation Center in a quiet corner of campus, the Woodside student apartments provide students with convenient amenities and independence.