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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the small town college feel with Hanover residents part of the college scene. I love the way 70 years olds, golden retrievers, and young families with baby strollers all are seen walking the streets of Hanover wearing Dartmouth gear. Love, love love it here!

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Nothing much I can report: it's pretty decent out here in the wild

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Hanover, New Hampshire is certainly a charming, little cottage town. It's right by the Connecticut River so one can go swimming, canoeing, fishing, whatever when the weather's nice. Occom Pond is also nearby and open for swimming and canoeing as well and in the winter, one could probably go ice-skating there! I'll have to be honest, I'm totally in love with the scenery of New Hampshire, that's why I applied to Dartmouth because it was literally 25 minutes away from home. Among other things, there are plenty of cool museums and cultural attractions around too. There's the Hood Museum, the Hopkins Center, and the Nugget Theater right in town. Across the river in Vermont is the Montshire Museum as well less than a half hour away. Dining and shopping is also possible in Hanover with the numerous local stores and restaurants. I definitely recommend eating at Jewel of India, Bolocos, and Morano Gelato if you ever get the chance. Shopping in Hanover is pretty expensive though (some of my friends literally spent $70 on a knitted Dartmouth sweater), but unless you're really into fancy clothing and whatnot, it's probably better to head over to the shopping centers in West Lebanon. You'll probably have an easier time finding a parking space too haha. If you don't have a car though, you can always take the Advanced Transit and circle around Hanover, Lebanon, and West Lebanon. As for the locals, most of the people I've met and talked to have been pretty friendly. They didn't mind giving directions to a lost college student, although some will (understandably) be peeved if you decide to cross the street in the worst possible place.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: If you're okay being away from popular attractions, diverse options for shopping, and just being away from any major city in general, this is a wonderful place to live. Initially, I thought being away from the city was going a culture shock, but it is actually the best choice I made. I prefer being away from the bustle because it allows to better concentrate on my academics. Plus, I don't have to worry about spending any large amount on nights in town. Although certain necessities like food and hygiene items are overpriced. We have a CVS and two grocers that are both a 15-minute walk away from campus. Also, Hanover's clothing is pricy; befriend a person with a car and go to West Lebanon, the next town over. As far as the town itself, it's cozy and welcoming. And it's pretty safe enough to walk alone in the evenings.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Its in the middle of the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont which depending on the person is either a plus or a minus. I love all of the outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, and rock climbing that we have access to and it is a beautiful place during every season. There is little to offer for nightlife (besides frats), shopping, museums, or things that you might find in a city. There are still some really cool things to do though if you have a car. Burlington, the Ben and Jerry's factory, a drive in theater, local farmers markets and fairs, swimming holes, roller skating rinks and other local activities are all popular. Montreal is only a couple hours away. Also, Dartmouth runs busses to Boston and New York several times a day so cities are still accessible.


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Hanover is a tiny, postage-stamp-sized town that is culturally very different from the surrounding towns and countryside that make up the Upper Valley region. The College’s influence over the character of the town is unmistakable. It is an elegant, well-groomed, cosmopolitan place, a little reminiscent of the Alpine villages of western Switzerland. Hanover's commercial district (if it can be said to have one, because it’s so small), comprises various international eateries, gourmet coffee shops, and fashionable, high-end retailers, and the town has no more than two or three stoplights. Venturing outside of Hanover proper is a 10- to 15-minute drive to the closest real commercial center—the town of West Lebanon. A drive into West Lebanon, which is a little on the divey, strip mall side, can be a revealing experience for a sheltered, upper-middle class college kid. The socioeconomic and cultural disparity between collegiate Hanover and the rest of the community is immediately apparent. Luckily, or perhaps unluckily, most of this town/gown discontinuity is safely relegated to areas just beyond Hanover town limits. The vast majority of Hanover’s inhabitants are associated with the College in one way or another, whether they are professors, researchers or medical professionals who work nearby at the world famous Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, or wealthy alumni who have returned to live out their golden years within sight of Dartmouth’s emblematic clocktower.

Hanover can be appropriately described as a “quaint,” “charming,” and “quintessentially New England” college town. It is also a very isolated place that can feel even more isolated when the winter snows set in. How much a particular student benefits from Dartmouth’s unique location really depends on the individual and his or her interests. Dartmouth does tend to attract a greater proportion of the outdoorsy, back-to-nature types than does, say, Columbia. The sheer natural beauty of the place is breathtaking.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Hanover is located in a scenic region known as the Upper Valley, which includes the scenic area in both New Hampshire and Vermont that borders the Connecticut River.
  2. Eager for a hike? The Appalachian Trail runs right through town.
  3. The town charter was granted in 1761 by King George III to settlers from Connecticut.
  4. Hanover and Norwich, VT formed the first interstate school district in the United States.
  5. Hanover was recently ranked the seventh best college town in the nation by Outside magazine.
Notable Natives
  • Bill Bryson - author of "A Walk in the Woods"
  • Some say JD Salinger is cooped up right outside of Hanover, but no one knows for sure.
Points of Interest
  • Ben and Jerry’s Factory
  • The Ledges
  • Quechee Gorge
  • Simon Pearce Glassblowing
  • The Transportation Museum
Shopping Centers
Upper Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
The Loew Auditorium in Hopkins Center for the Arts
6041 Lower Level Wilson Hall
Dartmouth campus
(603) 646-2422
Movie Theaters
Nugget Theater
South Main Street
(603) 643-2769
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: hockey
  • Boston Celtics: basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: baseball
  • New England Patriots: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Montreal: QC: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • New York City: NY: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 23% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 17% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 80% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 31% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 54% No way.



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