Housing & Dining


The majority of our students commute from home, however you do have an option for campus housing through an agreement the college has with the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA).

UNH Manchester students live in NHIA’s Plaza Hall on Elm Street, which offers spacious, comfortably-furnished double and single rooms.

NHIA’s facilities are within walking distance or a short bus trip of the UNH Manchester campus, only steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops, and nightlife.

All rooms include your choice of a 10 or 19 meal-per-week plan in the NHIA dining hall.

  • Enjoy the convenience of free on-site laundry
  • Unwind in the game room
  • Relax in one of the comfortable common areas
  • Cook dinner with new friends in the communal kitchen

NHIA’s residences offer a secure and supportive environment, with easy access to nurse and counseling services and 24/7 security. Engaged, caring resident assistants and directors are always on duty to lend a hand or a sympathetic ear.

Most importantly, life at NHIA puts you in the heart of a diverse, creative student community of artists, writers and teachers. Take part in a wide range of clubs and activities. Grab a pen or a paintbrush. Connect, learn, and be inspired.

A limited number of double rooms are available to UNH Manchester students on a first come first serve basis.

A commitment and $250 non-refundable housing deposit are due to UNH Manchester by July 1. Students living in campus housing must also purchase a meal plan through the NHIA cafeteria.

  Per Semester Full Year
Double room + 19 meals/week $5,580 $11,160
Double room + 10 meals/week* $5,325 $10,650
Single room + 19 meals/week $6,480 $12,960
Single room + 10 meals/week* $6,225 $12,450

Price includes a furnished room, 24-hour door locked/security access, all utilities, free washer/dryer, common lounges, studio space, access to campus shuttle, campus nurse/wellness office and buildings are staffed by live-in professional residence life staff.

A signed lease is required. Contact Jillian Salsbury, student affairs administrator at NHIA, with questions at 603-836-2527 or JillianSalsbury@nhia.edu.

Contact our Office of Admission if you would like to know more about housing options with NHIA. 


If you like food, particulary a variety of styles and flavors, our campus puts you in the center of some of the state's best choices. Here are just a few options, but be sure to take a short walk downtown to see (and taste) the variety yourself.

On Campus Dining
Wildcat Cafe

UNH Dining offers students in Manchester food and beverage at the Wildcat Cafe. The cafe is located on the second floor and features freshly brewed Strabucks coffee, fresh salads, sandwiches, soups & daily specials and more.
Click here for the WildCat Cafe menu & hours 

Off Campus Dining
NHIA Dining Center

If you're feeling indecisive, the buffet at New Hampshire Institute of Art's dining center is a great option. The dining center is located on Spring Street in downtown Manchester, about a 5-minute walk from campus. Be sure to bring your student ID card for student pricing.

Meal plans are available through NHIA dining and can be purchased at the the UNH Business Office in the second floor Student Services suite or call 603-641-4165.

Other Local dining

From Mediterranean and Italian to Mexican and Cajun, there are more than 80 cafes, restaurants, diners and eateries in downtown Manchester.

You can find them all listed here, courtesy of Intown Manchester.