Housing & Dining

  • Lowell Hall
  • New Hampshire Hall
  • Double Dorm Room at NHIA
  • kitchen at NHIA dorm
  • Double Dorm Room at NHIA

Whether you want to live in our residence halls, rent an apartment downtown or commute from home, UNH Manchester gives undergraduate and graduate students options when it comes to housing.

On-Campus Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students through a partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA). A limited number of rooms are available to UNH Manchester students on a first come first serve basis. Students can choose to live in one of NHIA's three residence halls, each of 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, and only steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife.

Life at NHIA puts you in the heart of a diverse, creative student community of artists, writers and teachers. 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
  • Easy access to nurse and counseling services
  • 24/7 security
  • Campus shuttle and bus passes

If you want to apply for housing, plan early as the number of available rooms is limited and rooms are assigned to UNH Manchester students on a first come first serve basis. A completed commitment form and $250 non-refundable housing deposit are due to UNH Manchester by July 1. Students living in NHIA campus housing must also purchase a meal plan through the NHIA cafeteria.

Questions about NHIA housing? Contact the office of admissions for more information.

  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 Michele Tracia, Dean of Students at NHIA, with questions at 603-836-2527 or MicheleTracia@nhia.edu.

Off-Campus Housing

Our campus is in a prime location for commuters from the region, and there are many housing options available in the Manchester area. If you are interested in living in downtown Manchester, here are a few local management companies to check out:

Students looking to secure housing in apartments may contact:

Rania Elsherif


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, 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, just a 14-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.