Living at UNH

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Make Yourself at Home

You have questions: Where will I live? Where (and what) will I eat? Where do I go when I feel sick? Where do I buy a textbook, a tablet or a cool UNH T-shirt?

Not to worry. We have answers to all your housing, dining, health and shopping queries. Read on!

Housing/Residential Life

Image of students hanging out in a dormMost first-year students choose to live on campus, and no wonder. Living in a residence hall offers you community, connections and convenience, not to mention your choice of close to 30 different dorms—some small, some large; some reserved exclusively for first-year students; some organized around particular themes, like academics, the arts or chem-free living.

Make sure you sign up for on-campus housing by May 1. You’ll find the housing/dining application online using your MyUNH account; you can also use this to pay your housing deposit fee, or you can pay by mail.

Our Housing and Residential Life teams understand that the questions don’t stop once you get your housing assignment (usually in early July). Check out their suggestions on how to handle everything from what to pack to how to get along with your roommate. They also work closely with LGBTQ students to ensure you find an inclusive and supportive home at UNH.

You can find answers to other typical first-year questions online or you can call us directly (Housing: 603-862-2120; Residential Life: 603-862-2268).


Image of students getting food at the dining hallOur three modern dining halls—Holloway Commons, Philbrook and Stillings—have a well-earned reputation for great food and hospitality (along with plenty of national awards to back that up). That’s because our Dining Services team emphasizes local ingredients, sustainable practices and solid nutrition, along with student-friendly schedules that make it easy to find food when you need it. But the good eats don’t stop there: You also have your choice of seven cafés and retail venues, including the UNH Dairy Bar, a campus landmark.

If you live in on-campus residence hall (not including some of our apartment buildings), you’re required to purchase a meal plan. You can read about your meal-plan options and payment options.


Health Services

UNH Health Services has your back—and the rest of your body, too. Our team of board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, lab techs, pharmacists and massage therapists provide comprehensive (and confidential) medical care, from routine immunizations to treating acute and chronic illnesses and injuries. Our health educators offer education and counseling on topics like alcohol and drugs, anger and stress management, food and body image issues, as well as gender identity and sexual orientation. They also partner with the Counseling Center to connect students with psychological care and services.

Make sure you submit your required health forms by February 1. You also need to sign up for the UNH Student Health Benefit Plan by July 1 (or submit a waiver form by June 30 if you’re already enrolled in a qualified health insurance plan).

No doubt you and your parents/guardians have some questions; you’ll find answers to many of them on our incoming students and families FAQ page. And don’t miss the Health Services music video.

Success at UNH requires that students be healthy (physically, mentally, socially) to benefit from and fully engage the UNH community.  UNH administers a wellness inventory prior to a student’s enrollment to assess the entering class’ needs.  First year and transfer students are required to complete this wellness inventory.  This inventory is available online from July 15 through September 1 and must be completed before arriving on campus.  Once this inventory is available to you, we will send you an email letting you know that you can now complete the inventory.  

UNH Bookstore

Located in the heart of campus in the Memorial Union Building (aka “The MUB”), the UNH Bookstore is your go-to source for textbooks (whether you’re buying or renting), official UNH apparel and accessories, school supplies and electronics. Or you can shop online.

If you have questions, we have answers. Call the Admissions Office at 603-862-1360.