Off-Campus Housing

Durham, NH
Tuition (in-state)
$28,882 ($16,422)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not been specifically searching for off-campus housing yet. However, UNH does have apartment fairs that allow students to do some research if they would like to live off-campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are some really good off campus places and most of them are virtually on campus because the town is a college town so you're not very far from any classes or friends.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: My college provides some off-campus housing options that are pretty nice. But the off-campus housing provided by persons not affiliated with the college are not high quality.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is great. Very close to campus and affordable on a student budget.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in the on- campus apartments'.


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  • 312nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Dube
Manchester, NH
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UNH is surrounded by small rural towns, with the exception of Portsmouth, so most students who live off campus move to the neighboring towns of Dover and Newmarket. Most renters in these towns welcome students, and rent prices in the two towns are very reasonable. A house for five people can range anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000, depending on certain amenities. Shuttles frequently run out to these two towns, which makes for an easy 10- or 20-minute commute to campus. Dover and Newmarket are similar in atmosphere, both being very casual small towns. Portsmouth is the closest city to Durham and has just what you would expect from a city: high rent prices and mostly small apartments, so consequently, the student population is quite small in Portsmouth. A University shuttle does run out to Portsmouth, making life there entirely possible if you don’t mind the city and the higher prices.

Living in Durham is a much sought after treasure for the most obvious reasons of being able to walk to school and being close to the atmosphere of UNH. Finding a place to live in Durham is not easy, but it's not impossible. Rents tend to be slightly higher than in Dover or Newmarket, but bargains do surface here and there. Overall, off-campus housing at UNH is very abundant and provides many options when choosing a place that you genuinely like.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Middle of spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Dover
  • Main Street in Durham
  • Newmarket
  • Porstmouth
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $350
  • 2 BR: $500
  • Studio: $175

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 85 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 85 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 79% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 85 responses

  • 18% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 65% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Extremely helpful.
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