A 10-15 minute walk can get you many places on campus. In my case, it takes me to The Gables. Located away from campus towards Mast Lot, the five on-campus apartment buildings hold up to 1,026 students (post-freshmen) in three, four, five, six, and seven-person apartments. There are singles, doubles and triples offered in the complex, each apartment furnished with living room furniture, one-two bathrooms, and a kitchen.
The Gables were originally created as three buildings (Gables A, Gables B, and Gables C) in 1991, with Gables North and Gables South being added in 2006. Though the Gables North and South towers are newer, thus seen as nicer, each Gables building provides that off-campus feel for students looking to get away from the common dorm room that provides limited space and/or privacy. On the other hand The Gables is its own community. With a convenience store and recreation room in North tower, and study rooms located on each floor of North and South tower, students can stay in an on-campus amenity feeling. There are also laundry rooms in three of the five buildings, and The Gables even has its own mail office. Students can be seen studying in the Gables community center that holds many community builders, and tables to study at — oh, and did I say it has a fireplace?
I transferred to UNH for my sophomore year, and I’ve been living in the Gables since then. I can’t imagine a better place to spend my college years and I’ve met some of my (now) closest friends in The Gables, who just started out as roommates. I’m lucky to have had this experience and I would recommend every post-freshman try to live in The Gables.
Written by Máiréad Dunphy, UNH Class of 2013