Learning Communities & Themes

Each of our residence halls has a unique feel which is enhanced by the members of that community. Some of our halls have intentional academic communities known as Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) that align with a college or a course of study. Other halls have themed components as a means of offering a common interest for all residents within that community.

A learning or themed community may encompass a floor or an entire hall and focus around a specific academic or personal interest or around a common learning theme. Learning communities and themes offer residents some structure for group activities and learning experiences, as well as great study group opportunities.

Alcohol and Drug-Free Community

Engelhardt Hall

Welcome to a respectful community of students with a variety of interests, hobbies, and academic majors. Residents of Engelhardt commit to keeping their hall free of alcohol and other drugs. With this common bond, our students find it easy to make friends and become active members of our hall. 

Students choose to live in Engelhardt for a variety of reasons. Once they are here, they say the active community and family feel is what keeps them in the hall from one year to the next. Due to our alcohol and drug-free themed living, our building typically stays clean and residents are respectful to one another as well as focused on their academics. 

Residents can be found hanging out in the lounges or in their rooms with the door open. Students often refer to Engelhardt, or E-hardt, as home, which explains why we have a mix of first-year students through seniors who love living here.


Alexander Hall

ACCOLADES is a community housed on the second of Alexander Hall, consisting of mostly College of Liberal Arts (COLA) undeclared first-year students. The RLC was developed to reach students that are undecided in their choice of major so that they can find community with others that are also undeclared and in search of their academic and career path. Being involved in this community is a great way for first-year students to feel connected and to find friends within their classes and their residence hall.

The Alexander staff works to incorporate academics, study skills, time management tips, information on how to select classes and build a schedule, and how to focus in on a major of interest, in their weekly programming and events. The staff works closely with the dean of the college, Dean Michele Dillon, COLA advisors, and upperclass COLA students on these programming efforts, and they often attend events within the hall! The Dean's office has even provided free tickets to events on campus, books, and goody bags during final exams week!

eGaming Community

Stoke Hall

Stoke Hall is excited to offer students with a strong interest in gaming, from all levels of experience, the opportunity to share a gender-inclusive community with other gamers. Located on the fifth floor of Stoke Hall, residents will enjoy the exclusive use of ethernet ports to power their gaming PCs and consoles. From entry level gamers all the way to serious eSports competitors, residents of this community will find and forge friendships in a small group setting based on the common love of gaming.

This community also showcases a common area where gamers can take a break, mingle with others, and enjoy live-streaming or other entertainment on the lounge’s television.

Environmental Sustainability Learning Community (RLC)

Haaland Hall

Are you going to be a student in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)? Are you interested in conservation and sustainability of the natural world? Are you interested in living and learning with students who share the same passion? First-year students will live together on a floor in Haaland Hall and form a creative environment for group studying and social interaction. Haaland Hall is one of our newest residence halls and is located close to the science buildings. This is an exciting opportunity to live and learn alongside like-minded students with an interest in exploring environmental issues and sustainability across disciplines and gain a global perspective!

Incoming first-year students majoring in Community and Environmental Planning, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and Environmental Science or students who take NR 435 to fulfill their Environment, Technology and Society Discovery requirement are eligible to live in this learning community.

Residence halls with all first-year communities have an environment that is supportive and safe for first-year students transitioning into college. Everyone is going through similar struggles, asking similar questions and our staff is available to build community, connect them to campus resources, and help them make the most of their first year of college! Many of these students are taking similar classes as well. Living here gives students the convenience of forming study groups, meeting lots of first-year students, and attending many community building events and hall discussions geared to their specific needs as new wildcats!

Gender Inclusive Community

Upper Quad-Devine Hall, Alexander Hall

Incoming first-year students, as well as current undergraduate students, may choose to share a room with someone of any gender identity that is most comfortable and appropriate to their own identity.

We have many students from the UNH Honors program in our hall, and other students who want to live in a building where students have high academic expectations of UNH and themselves. Being a part of this community is a great way to get started at UNH. We study hard, but we also have a lot of fun with each other at the same time.


Hubbard Hall, Handler Hall

Our Residential Learning Community (RLC), InCEPStion is for students in our College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS). Residents in the InCEPStion RLC will live in Handler or Hubbard with some students from CEPS and may find themselves in courses with residents on their floor, as well as an increased opportunity to meet with CEPS faculty members informally. While some students on the floor will share majors in CEPS, there are also many students in the halls who have different majors, offering a wide variety of experiences for residents.

International Connections

Fairchild Hall

With about 150 residents, Fairchild feels more like a home than a residence hall. With our International Connections theme, the Fairchild family spans the globe. Although the proportions of International and American students are always changing, our population of internationally aware and culturally enthusiastic students remains constant.

Life Sciences Residential Learning Community (RLC)

Peterson Hall

Are you going to be a student in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)?  Will you be taking Biology and Chemistry classes during your first year?  Why not live with other students majoring in life sciences? First-year students will live together on a floor in Peterson Hall and form a creative environment for group studying and social interaction. This community is an interactive learning environment designed to help students succeed in first-year science courses. Students will be able to easily form study groups with people on the floor as well as attend review sessions in a lounge on their floor.  What a great way to make connections to people with whom you share an interest and succeed academically! 

Incoming first-year students with the following specifically declared majors will be given top preference for the limited available spaces in the Life Science Living Learning Community in Peterson Hall:  Biology, Biomedical Science, Genetics, Neuroscience and Behavior, Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology.

Making the Grade

Hubbard Hall

Looking to live with other academically motivated students? This theme is for students interested in living in a place that tends to be more quiet and respectful, where students know how to have a good time but choose to make academics their first priority. While many students who live here are in the UNH Honors Program, you don’t have to be! We also have the Making the Grade community here, where like-minded individuals can work together to create a strong community with an academic foundation.

We have a lot of spaces for studying and being social, both upstairs and on the first floor. One unique thing about Hubbard is our large quiet study lounge, where you will always be able to get away from things and focus on your assignments. The staff here works to incorporate academics, study skills, time management, stress management, and making the most of your opportunities at UNH into our weekly programming, that way we can help you be as successful as possible!

Outdoor Experiential Education

The Minis-Hall House

If you are interested in the outdoors then Hall House might be a great community for you.  With many like-minded people, located near the edge of campus and close to college woods and surrounded by plenty of trees great for hammocking or slack-lining, Hall House is excellent for all sorts of fun outdoor experiences.  Many of the students who choose to live in Hall House enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, hunting, rock climbing, and a variety of other outdoor activities.

Like all of the Minis, the Outdoor Experience is a student-driven theme and the energy around this changes from year to year.

Paul Professional Partnership (RLC)

Stoke Hall

Peter T. Paul College has a living-learning community for first-year Paul College students that was established in 2017, the Paul Professional Partnership (P3) floor. Professional development activities will take place in this close-knit floor in Stoke Hall for approximately 50 first-year students who will have the chance to learn from upper-class student success coaches who will live on the floor while they work with a dedicated academic advisor on course scheduling and academic planning.

Conveniently located across the street from Paul College, these like-minded students will have opportunities to meet the Dean and Associate Dean of Paul College, to work closely with the Paul College Career and Professional Success Office, and can take part in exclusive networking events and workshops. Additionally, these P3 residents will get the experience of living in one of the largest halls on campus and will have a chance to meet other students from all majors at UNH. If these sound like experiences you want to have at UNH, then this community might be for you!

Eaton has a history of attracting folks of creative, visual, or performing arts and music. Whether you major in them or not many Eatonites enjoy the experience that the arts create. If you have an interest in the arts or merely enjoy being around folks that enjoy the arts, Eaton might be a place for you to consider living with like-minded folks. Located towards a quieter side of campus and close to College Woods, Eaton house provides a great backdrop for your own creative processes. Like all of the Minis, the arts theme is a student-driven theme and the energy around this changes from year to year.

The Clubhouse

Gibbs Hall

Focusing on sports, fitness, and wellness, the Gibbs Hall staff, Hall Council, and students provide many opportunities for our small community to really get to know each other! Gibbs has a very strong intramural base and we are constantly making teams for just about every intramural event. Gibbs also has basketball and volleyball courts located right in back of the building. Come check out this great building and an even better community.

Transfer Community

Woodside Apartments, Hunter Hall

Not only are the Woodside apartments convenient, the community in Woodside is designed to help you succeed in every aspect of your life at UNH. At Woodside, you will not be the only new face. Dozens of other new transfer students, all with the same questions and concerns as you are woven into the community. In fact, they will probably be your roommates! With the Woodside staff providing social and educational opportunities for you to become involved and part of the community as a new transfer student, you will be making social connections in no time! Programs designed specifically for you as a transfer are planned to help you understand what it means to be a student at the University of New Hampshire. 

There are a number of other opportunities for you to take advantage of as you consider transferring to UNH! Many departments across campus offer programs and activities designed to support you through your transition. Some of these include:

  • Transfer Tour and Other Admissions Events 
  • Transfer Admissions Counselors 
  • Transfer Orientation
  • New Student Welcome 
  • Transfer Student Resource Fair
  • Transfer Peer Mentor Program 

Regardless of where you were before, the staff at UNH is here to help you transition and succeed as a Wildcat! We hope to see you soon!