Housing & Dining


On-Campus Housing: UNH Downtown Commons

Welcome! We are glad you are interested in on-campus housing at UNH Manchester.

Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers double and triple rooms, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet and more. The residence hall is just a 14-minute walk to campus, and only steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife.

You must be an accepted full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more credits) or be a full-time graduate student to receive an offer of housing. Offers are made via email on a space-available basis.  Once you complete the online application and submit your $200 deposit, check your UNH email frequently and respond to our offer so we know you accept!  Students who accept our offer of on-campus housing agree to the terms of the Room & Board Agreement.

Contact the office of admissions for more information


Apply for housing for spring 2023

Incoming students are sent offers of housing on a space-available basis. Your application will only be reviewed once a completed application is submitted and a $200 deposit is made to your UNH Webcat account.

All Resident Assistant (RA) positions are filled for the Fall 2022 semester.

The RA positions are for an academic year appointment (Aug - May) and are subject to change based on actual training dates to be scheduled. The work schedule is approximately 20 hours/week which includes weekly on-duty hours and rotating weekend on-duty shifts, including the holiday breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter break, and Spring break). Total compensation includes Room & Board at the double room rate with a meal plan while classes are in session.

To live in our residence hall, students must complete the following steps.

  1. Submit your application to unhm.admissions@unh.edu
  2. Pay your $200 Housing Deposit. At this point, you will be notified that space has been held for you.
  3. Complete Full-Time Class registration. We must confirm you are enrolled as a full-time student to assign you to a room and share your roommate(s) contact information.
  4. Update Health & Wellness with your Immunizations. The step-by-step process and list of requirements can be found at https://www.unh.edu/health/health-requirements.
2022-2023 Housing Rates
Room Per Semester Academic Year
Single $4,447 $8,894
Double $3,966 $7,932
Triple $3,441 $6,882

You must be an accepted full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more credits) or be a full-time graduate student to receive an offer of housing.  Offers for housing are made via email on a space-available basis.  Students who accept our offer of on-campus housing agree to the terms of the Room & Board Agreement.

2022-2023 Dining Plans Rates

Our dining services are operated through a partnership with New England College (NEC). As such, we abide by their policies, hours of operation, and break periods.

Once the semester has begun you are committed to your meal plan for the entire academic year. You can increase your meal plan, but you may not reduce it. Any requests for changes, reductions, or cancelations are decided through NEC.

The dining hall is located within the same building as our residence hall. It is operated through a partnership with New England College. To keep up to date with the NEC, please check out NEC’s Dining page here: https://dineoncampus.com/necmanchester and select Plaza Dining Hall.

Plan Option Plan Details Rate Per Semester
Block 110 110 meal swipes, 400 in flex cash, and 5 guest swipes per semester $2,541
Block 160 160 meal swipes, 250 in flex cash, and 5 guest swipes per semester $3,016
Block 240 240 meal swipes, 200 in flex cash, and 5 guest swipes per semester $3,518
Block 300 300 meal swipes, 100 in flex cash, and 5 guest swipes per semester $4,260

The residence hall will be closed for the Winter and Summer Break periods. Thanksgiving, Fall Break, and Spring Break housing will be available based on the need of our residents and the availability of staff.

Thurs. May 19, 2022

Residents must vacate the hall for summer break

Thurs. Aug. 25, 2022

New students move in

Fri. Aug 26, 2022

Returning students move in

Tues. December 20, 2022 Resident halls close for winter break
Mon. January 23, 2023

Halls reopen for spring semester

Sat. Mar. 11 - Sun. Mar. 19. 2023 Spring break
Wed. May 17, 2023 Resident halls close for summer break

A cancellation charge will be applied to your student account if you withdraw your commitment to 2022-2023 on-campus housing after accepting our housing offer. The cancellation charge schedule is outlined below. Full description and terms are contained in the Room and Board Agreement.

Full Academic Year Student Request

If released, student financial

By June 1st


By July 1st


By August 15th


By first week of fall classes

25% of fall semester housing fee

By 30 days into fall semester

50% of fall semester housing fee

After 30 days into fall semester

100% of fall semester housing fee

Spring Semester Only Student Request

If released, student financial

By January 1st


By first week of spring classes

25% of spring semester housing fee

By 30 days into spring semester

50% of spring semester housing fee

After 30 days into spring semester

100% spring semester housing fee

Parking is private – there is a garage on-site and rental is handled by the building manager not UNH.  There are also other public garages with monthly rentals available within close proximity

Parking passes in the 6 story garage at the monthly rate of $100/month (else $16/day) and would have to be reserved with a credit card as the card will be auto-charged at the beginning of each month.  There is also an initial $50 fee for the cost of the card itself.   Parking is first-come first-served basis as this garage also allows daily public parking.  

Please fill out the parking application for the Canal Street parking garage.

The primary contact for parking agreements and obtaining parking passes will be Scott Barry at 603-703-8457 and sbarry@bradysullivan.com, please contact him directly with any questions.

Alternative Manchester city parking options


Self-identifying with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is the first step in both gathering useful information – what SAS offers & what other resources exist – and establishing accommodations. You will need to provide documentation, make an appointment to review/discuss it, and identify appropriate accommodations. Please see the Documentation Guidelines for direction on what to provide. If you are unsure, submit/bring whatever you may have so we can review and evaluate it.

To get accommodation letters set-up:

  • Complete the Online Intake via Clockwork
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with a SAS staff member (this can be face-to-face or via SKYPE/ZOOM)

There is no deadline to make contact with SAS, complete the Online Intake, or provide documentation to SAS. The process of identifying and determining accommodations is an ongoing conversation. Students should provide additional documentation and/or talk with SAS as concerns and needs arise, or as the condition of the disability changes.

As part of our effort to be paperless, all documentation should be submitted via ClockWork (in electronic format). Please do not send disability-related documentation to Admissions or Housing. SAS is the central location for this information.

Learn more about academic accessibility

Can I cook in my room?

Cooking is prohibited in student rooms in the residence halls and allowed only in designated kitchen units or facilities.

Can I replace my furniture?

Students may not remove or store furnishings provided by the university and may not replace them with other items owned or rented by the student. The Department of Housing will not remove or store the standard university furnishings. Public area or lounge furnishings shall not be moved into a student’s room.

Damage Billing

The UNH Housing does not collect nor require a damage deposit when a resident accepts on-campus housing; instead we bill for each incident that occurs. It is our belief this encourages a sense of ownership in the building by the residents and improves everyone's ability to control costs. All efforts are taken to identify the individual (s) responsible for the damage, however, if it is not possible to identify the responsible party the damage fee will be billed proportionately to all dorm residents.

Common damage billing fees

Extra Cleaning

Charge: $20 minimum -or- billed by the hour 


Minimum charge $20. Trash can leak and create unsanitary conditions, and it has the potential to be a fire hazard. Students are responsible for disposing their own trash in the approved receptacles provided.

Biohazardous Matter

Minimum of $100 per instance.

The following are chargeable: 

Urine, feces, condoms or vomit

  • Any matter found in the UNH housing facilities. (depending on the situation, may become a criminal investigation with the UNH Police Department)


  • Any blood clean up in bathrooms, hallways, walls, carpet, lounges, etc. If the incident was accidental and an attempt was made to clean up, no charge will occur. Situations that are accidental will be looked upon differently than ones that are purposeful. For example, a person who had a nose bleed and bled in the bathroom will be treated differently than an injury, resulting in blood loss, due to drunkenness or violence.
Lock & Combinations Changes
  • Combination change - $25
  • Damaged key pad unit - $800
  • Damaged swipe card reader - $400-$800
Room Cleaning

$50 minimum -for students leaving for the year and did not clean their rooms

Other charges
  • Damaged exit alarm unit - $250 - $500
  • Life safety equipment (fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, etc.) tampering - $100


What you can't do.
  • Remove any item of university equipment/furniture from the room or premises
  • Alter or replace the locks or install your own locks or security devices
  • Make any structural or electrical alterations to the room
  • Use nails, screws, bolts or decals on the furniture, walls, doors, woodwork, ceiling or floors
  • Build partitions or make alterations to the furniture.
What you can use to hang stuff.

Tape that doesn't remove the paint and wall finish, poster tacks, and removable mounting products.

Fire Hazards and Violations

  • Hazardous electrical items - Hotplates, toaster ovens, toasters, electric heaters (unless provided by the university), any item with a heating coil (i.e. sandwich and grill makers and non-UL approved appliances) are all strictly prohibited. These items have heated exposed surfaces which have caused fires in the past. Appliances which can be used in individual rooms, but cannot be left plugged in unattended include curling irons, coffee makers, irons, and hot pots. A violation for these items occurs when an appliance is left plugged in and unattended.
  • Overloaded electrical receptacles or extension cords - An individual room having multiple plugs leading to the same outlet causing more than 15 amps of power to be drawn is dangerous and should be avoided. This situation is usually caused by too many plugs in one outlet. Power strips, splitters, or cube taps are acceptable, but only if they have a fuse or circuit breaker. Power strips may not be plugged into a normal extension cord. The power strip cord must be of construction-grade quality, and it must have a ground plug (a third prong). A power strip may not be plugged into another power strip or splitting device. Extension cords may not be connected in a manner that allows too many appliances to be plugged into the same outlet causing more than 15 amps of power to be drawn. No electrical cords of any sort, other than phone cords, speaker wires, and cable wires, are to be run underneath a rug. 
  • Microwaves and refrigerators - Microwaves and refrigerators require a construction-grade extension cord (generally the same size or larger than the units own cord) or needs to be plugged directly into an outlet or a fused power strip; they cannot be plugged into a splitter unless the splitter has a fuse. If an adaptor is used for a power strip or extension cord, the ground lead must be connected. Refrigerators no larger than 5.0 cubic feet and 35 inches in height are allowed. Microwaves with a power consumption of 1000 watts (i.e. approximately a 600 watt power rated unit) or less are allowed.
  • Flammable materials - Flammable items such as the following are not allowed in the halls: stain, flammable cleaning solvents, butane, propane torches, gasoline, camping or cooking fuels, oil lamps, oil candles, and kerosene lamps. Candles, wax tarts, incense, and incense paraphernalia are not allowed for any reason. Lit candles, tarts, and incense have caused serious room fires in the past. No exceptions will be made for cut wicks or removed wicks.  
  • Excessive combustible materials on wall or door - No more than 50% of a single wall surface can be covered. If you use wall posters or hangings, they should be used sparingly, covering no more than one-half of the surface on each wall (this does not include furniture against the wall). This precaution eliminates excess combustible material which could cause fires to spread. 
  • Bed too close to ceiling - A clearance of 30 inches from the ceiling to the top of the mattress is required to allow adequate breathing space in case of fire or smoke that may enter the room. Any loft or stilt bed that does not comply must be fixed immediately and lowered to meet clearance guidelines. 
  • Items overhead - The room overhead area must be kept clean and clear at all times. Items cannot be hung from wall to wall or suspended from the ceiling, ceiling pipes running horizontally, electrical conduit, lights, smoke detectors, etc. This includes Christmas lights on pipes and anything hanging overhead. All wall hangings and decorations must completely touch the wall. This precaution prevents the possibility of materials falling down on a person during a fire. 
  • Heater clearance, 6 inches - A 6 inch-8inch air space between the electric heater unit and furniture is required. While it seems unlikely, a number of room fires have started due to items placed too close to the heater unit. Halls with electric heat are Stoke, Hubbard, Babcock, Christensen, and Williamson.
  • Smoke detector tampered with - Do not touch the smoke detector under any circumstance. If you suspect it to be malfunctioning, talk to your R.A. immediately. There is a $100 fine for covering, defacing, or tampering in any way with this device.
  • Egress (exit) obstruction - All pathways to room doors and windows must be kept clear. This policy is most often in violation when a resident has to push an item to the side in order to exit a room door or window. Examples of this would be furniture preventing the room door from opening a full 90 degrees, items hanging down to enclose a sleeping space, etc.
  • Halogen-type bulbs - Any style lamp with a halogen-type bulb cannot be used in the residence halls. The intense heat generated by such lamps can and have caused fires.
  • Other - Other violations can range from lounge furniture in rooms to pets.
Guest Policies

The student is responsible for the behavior of their guests, for damages caused by their guests and for informing guests of hall policies. Overnight guests are not permitted in university housing without advance permission of all students of the room in which they are staying. Overnight guests may not stay longer than two nights in any given week. No more than ten people may be in a residence hall room at one time, per order of the Fire Department.

How do I choose a roommate?

If you have selected a roommate, please fill out their name and contact information on the Housing Application form. Your roommate must also fill out their application noting you as the preferred roommate.

If you have not selected a roommate, our professional housing team will match you with a roommate using our easy roommate selection survey. Please be sure to submit your application and survey by June 1, 2019 to allow sufficient time to match you with a compatible roommate.

Roommate assignments are typically available in early July. UNH Housing will reach out to each student directly via an email to your UNH email address. The email will provide you information about your room type and contact information for your roommate(s).

Prohibited Items
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Heating/immersion coils
  • Electric frying pans
  • Toaster ovens
  • Electric heaters
  • Electric blankets
  • any item that is non-recognized to a UL standard by a nationally recognized testing laboratory
  • Air conditioners
  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Water beds
  • TV or radio antennae or any other objects that are placed outside the room window.
  • Firearms
  • Flammable materials such as; candles, incense, explosives, fireworks, gasoline, propane, butane, etc.
  • Weapons
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Paraphernalia including, but not limited to, bongs, pipes, rolling papers, etc.
  • Built-in wall or ceiling attachments
  • Pets or animals of any kind, except non-dangerous fish. One ten-gallon tank containing fish is allowed per room.
  • Alcohol
Quiet Hours

Courtesy hours are always in effect and residents are to respect requests of others for quiet. Residence hall quiet hours are Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. and 12 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Apartment quiet hours are Sunday-Thursday 11 p.m. - 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Smoking is prohibited:

  • Within 20 feet of any building.
  • Inside all buildings owned and occupied or leased and occupied by UNH
  • University vehicles
  • Entrances and outside stairways to buildings. 
  • Courtyards or other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architectural, landscaping or other barriers.
What should I plan to bring to campus?

UNH dorm packing list:

  • Twin XL sheets for a 36X80 mattress
  • Blanket/comforter for twin XL
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Towels – hand/face/body
  • Flip flops/shower shoes
  • Shower caddy
  • Personal toiletries
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry detergent/dryer sheets
  • Clothes hangers
  • Backpack/school bag
  • Broom/ dust pan
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Laptop
  • Extension cords/surge protector
  • Medical items as needed: band aids, Tylenol, allergy medicine, personal prescriptions, etc.
  • Clock
  • Headphones
  • Tissues
  • Umbrella
  • Warm jacket
  • Trash bin (and trash bags)
  • Bowl/mug/plate/silverware

Optional suggested items:

  • Mattress cover
  • Storage containers for under bed/etc.
  • Floor/desk lamp
  • Bulletin board/dry erase board
  • Command strips/push pins/magnets/etc. for hanging décor
  • Mirror
  • Calendar
  • Water bottle/ pitcher
  • Rug
  • Printer
  • Conversion plug (if you are traveling from another country)
  • Bathrobe

One item per room limit:

*Please plan accordingly with your roommate (s)

  • Mini fridge
  • Microwave

Take a tour of UNH Manchester’s new residence hall

Located on Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers double and triple rooms, on-site dining, and is only steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, jobs and nightlife. 


If you like food, particularly a variety of styles and flavors, our campus puts you in the center of some of the state's best choices. From Mediterranean and Italian to Mexican and Cajun, there are more than 80 cafes, restaurants, diners and eateries in downtown Manchester.