Built-Up Rooms

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    Stoke Hall Built-Up Triple

    Built-Up Triple Stoke Hall

Built-Up Spaces

You’ve gotten your housing assignment and you’ve been assigned to a built up room. You are not alone! Around one-third of our incoming first year class will be living in built up spaces. We’ve created this website to give you answers to some of the...

Commonly Asked Questions

UNH has a policy of housing all first year students who request to live on campus. When requests exceed available space, we extend the capacity of some of our double rooms to house three students (Built-Up Triple) or extend the capacity of some of our triple rooms to house four students (Built-Up Quads). We also convert some of our study lounges into residential spaces housing 1-4 people (Built-Up Lounges). All of these spaces combined house approximately one third of the first year students on campus as well as many upperclass students. You are not alone!
Rooms are assigned by an automated assignment process which places all first year students who have submitted their application by the deadline. The process incorporates your individual preferences, but with thousands of students all promised a space on campus, we can’t always give everyone their top choices.
Because our halls are unique, built up triples differ from hall to hall. While the look and style of each room differs, each room will have three desks, chairs, bureaus, and beds, one of which will be a loft bed. Each student also has their own internet connection. Students share closet space. Our Photo Gallery has pictures of some typical built-up configurations in our residence halls.
Well…maybe – how much stuff are you bringing? The rooms were all evaluated to ensure that the furnishings would fit in the available space, but if you are planning on bringing a big screen TV, puffy chair, and futon, you might find the space a bit limiting. Storage space is limited to the shared closet and under the beds, so we recommend bringing only what you need. If UNH isn’t far from home, bring what you need for one season at a time (you won’t need your snow boots in August). Get in touch with your roommates before move in to talk about who is bringing a TV, fridge, etc, to avoid duplicates. In some rooms, the furniture is built-in, but in most it can be rearranged. There is no additional storage space in the halls and all furniture must remain in the room. Below are some creative ways students have maximized the floor space: • Bunk two of the beds and keep the third lofted. Decide before coming who will get which bed to eliminate the “first come, first serve” rush. • If you decide not to bunk the beds, bed risers are another way to gain extra storage. Some refrigerators or dressers will then fit underneath. • Bring storage drawers or boxes that fit under your bed • Use shelving units or stacking bins to use vertical space • Make an ‘L’ formation with two beds or dressers or desks • Make use of all flat surfaces (tops of desks, dressers, refrigerators, etc.) • Move dresser or shelves into your closet • Hang a shoe or sweater organizer in the closet to fit more items
Absolutely! Because you are assigned to a built-up space, you are being charged a reduced rate. The savings is noteworthy and many students and their families enjoy this benefit. Please understand that this reduced rate only applies when the room is in a built-up state. As soon as the room in returned to its intended capacity, you will be charged the regular room rate for the remainder of the semester.Please use this guide for a comprehensive view of built-up rates and savings.
How can you know – you haven’t met them yet! I know it can be tempting to guess whether or not your roommates are a good match for you before you move in, but being good roommates is not always about shared interests. You can’t predict what your roommate relationships will be. Facebook profiles are not the same as people and, even if they were, people change – and quickly. If you have issues with your roommates after you move in, your resident assistant will be able to talk with you and help you find solutions. For now – breathe, keep an open mind, and stay positive…you might be very pleasantly surprised!
This is a concern for all new college students, but with three of you sharing a room it is definitely crucial to be open and honest with one another. We encourage roommates to have open communication about any issues, even before they arrive. Take the time early on to talk to your roommates about important issues such as visitors, quiet time, sleep schedule, etc. Your resident assistant (RA) will be available to prompt discussion of these issues with all residents of the room. The RA will help resolve any difficulties that may come up during the semester. As with any shared living situation, there will definitely be compromises, but if you work together you’ll be more likely to have a positive experience.
Lots of students who were initially concerned about living in a built-up triple ended up loving them, choosing to remain in the room even when they had the opportunity to move into a double. For students who wish to move out of their built-up triple, there is assistance. As space becomes available, students living in built-up triples will be offered the chance to move. We can’t predict, however, when we will have vacancies to offer. If you want to talk to an assignments specialist before arriving on campus, please call our office at 603.862.2120. Once you move on campus, each hall has a Residence Hall Director who can work with you to seek another available space. Check in with your RHD to get information about switching rooms.
While the high number of incoming first year students has required us to turn lounges into student rooms (like yours), the goal is to return the room to a lounge for community use as quickly as possible. We can’t predict when we will have vacancies open, but as space becomes available you will be moved. Lots of students who were initially concerned about living in a built-up lounge ended up loving them, so you may be more reluctant to leave than you think! Though we will ask you to move to a new space as it becomes open, we don’t want to uproot you; we will never ask you to move out of your assigned hall (unless you want to). Because there is no way to predict when vacancies will open, there is no way for us to know how long you might be living in a built up lounge, though we do know the highest number of spaces tend to open at the semester break. If you want to talk to an assignments specialist before arriving on campus, please call our office at 603.862.2120. Once you move on campus, each hall has a Residence Hall Director who will work with you to seek another available space. Check in with your RHD to get information about switching rooms.

Reserved Housing Questions

Reserved housing means that, while we guarantee we have a space for you, we do not have your exact room assigned yet. Think of it as a guaranteed waitlist. UNH has a policy of housing all first year students who request to live on campus, so don’t worry – we have room for you! Cancellations come in on a continual basis and we will make room assignments for those in reserved housing as quickly as possible.
Reserved housing doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. Rooms are assigned by an automated assignment process which places all first year students who have submitted their application by the deadline. The process incorporates thousands of students and their individual preferences. Each year, there are students left in the pool after the first round of assignments are made – those students become the reserved housing group (that’s you). You didn’t do anything to land you here – it just happened. We know that you are anxiously awaiting your assignment, so we will work hard to get your assignment information out to you as soon as possible, promise!
No – you are not alone! Each year, we have succeeded in assigning reserved housing students to rooms and this year will be no exception. You will have an assignment prior to moving in so that you will still have time to connect with your roommate(s) and move in to your new space along with everyone else.
While changes happen constantly as cancellations are received, we try to incorporate your preferences so there is no way for us to predict when we will be able to assign you to a room. You could receive a housing assignment tomorrow or it could be a few weeks. All assignments will be made by mid-August, so you will definitely know where you will be living before you even need to start packing.
When you are assigned to a room, we will send an email to your student UNH email account with the assignment. The email will give you the information you need to learn about your room assignment and roommate(s), if applicable.
Actually, many past students in reserved housing ended up being assigned to some of our most sought after halls! Please feel free to submit any additional preferences via email at housing.office@unh.edu or call our Call Center at (603)862-2120.
If you have further questions about reserved housing, please feel free to contact us via email at housing.office@unh.edu or call our Housing Call Center at (603)862-2120. We would be happy to answer your questions!

Tips from Sudents Who've Lived in Built-ups!

Built-Up Space

Tips from Students Who've Lived in Built-Ups!
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Built-Up Rooms Gallery

See How Students Have Created a Unique Space in Their Built-Up Spaces!

Note to Parents About Triples

Ruth Abelmann
Director, Residential Life

Living with a Roommate

college friendsSocial networking sites like Facebook are a great tool to get to know your future roommate and plan out the details for your room. Remember, however, not to judge before you even meet.

Give yourself a chance to get to know them. All relationships take a time and patience.

Sometimes college roommates become lifelong friends. And sometimes they are just the person you share a room with. Either way, communication and respect are key. You will meet many new people here at UNH so now worries if you and your roommate(s) don’t hit it off right away.  There is bound to be someone who shares your interests!  

The past is the past

Don’t let any past conflicts you may have had spoil your roommate experience.

Stay polite

Remember to be respectful and polite, even if you’ve known them for years.  And don’t just assume that they’ll be okay with something. Always ask what they think, from putting up a new poster to inviting mutual friends to spend the night.

Remember people change

While there are likely qualities that led to being roommates, be open to change. Don’t be surprised or hurt if you and your roommate have separate groups of friends.  Expanding your social networks is all part of your college adventure.

Whether or not you know your roommate(s) here are a few things to discuss prior to moving in:

  • What are you bringing? 
  • Extra furniture or storage units?
  • messy roomAny significant health issues?
  • Anything you want your roommate to be aware of?
  • Are you generally neat or messy? 
  • What are your sleeping habits? 
  • How do you like to study? 
  • How do you feel about friends/boyfriends/girlfriends visiting? 
  • What is your stance on borrowing between roommates? 
  • What is your understanding of UNH’s drug and alcohol policy?


 UNH has firm policies regarding the underage use of alcohol or illegal drugs. If students are found responsible for breaking these policies, they may face eviction from University Housing. It is very important that you discuss your expectations in this area with your roommate(s).


This is the key to any successful roommate relationship! The person you're sharing a room with cannot read your mind. So if something is bothering you, speak up! In return, you cannot read your roommate's mind. You cannot be sure what's going to annoy them, so ask before you act.


No roommate is perfect, and that includes YOU. If your roommate approaches you about something, don't get upset or immediately defensive. Listen to what they have to say, and don't interrupt them. You'll get the opportunity to present your side of the issue. It's not always easy to confront your roommate about something, so you should respect that they cared enough to talk to you about it.

Start a conversation, not an argument

If you need to talk to your roommate about something, be sure to choose your words and tone of voice wisely.You'd probably be upset if a person is yelling at you and it might start a fight. If something is really bothering you, take the time to cool down before you fly off the handle. You'll have a much more productive conversation with your roommate, and there will be a lot less hurt feelings and/or yelling!

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all

At some point this year, you will be tempted to gossip about your roommate to your buddies down the hall or on social media. DON'T DO IT! How upset would you be if your roommate said something hurtful behind your back;especially if they had never mentioned it to you? Venting is only a short-term fix; you should take the kinder and more mature route and actually talk to your roommate about it. It's not always easy to call someone out on an annoying habit, but at least it's taking steps to resolve the issue.

Assume good intentions

You probably have an annoying habit;ask your family or close friends. It's also pretty likely that your roommate will do something that annoys you. Don't make a mistake and assume that they are doing that just to bother you, ask them about it! When something is bothering you we suggest politely asking them about what they're doing that is annoying you. Asking these questions can seem challenging, but will help you move forward in your roommate relationship!

Find something that you can like or respect about your roommate

Get beyond appearances or stereotypes and get to know the person (or people) you are sharing your space with. There isn't a person on earth who doesn't have something interesting about them. Talk to them and find out what it is!

Be familiar with the Guest Policy

You can't have an overnight guest without advance permission from all of your roommates. Even though you may feel you have a right to have your guests over, it's your roommates'; room too. If they aren't comfortable with the situation, you need to respect their wishes;and they must do the same for you.

Have FUN with the situation!

If you put positive energy into the relationship with your roommate, chances are that something good will come out of it. Don't look at having a roommate as a problem.It's an opportunity to learn about yourself- and maybe you'll even make a friend or two in the process!

Ask for help

Handling roommate conflicts can be tough, which is why UNH trains our RAs and Hall Directors in conflict mediation.  If you're having an issue with your roommate that you just cannot seem to resolve, you can always talk to them.Your RA or Hall Director can give you advice on how to talk to your roommate, or they can help mediate a conversation between you.