Where We Live
Let's be real about quality of life here...
...fresh air, green grass, beautiful colonial architecture—all amidst the rolling foothills of the White and Green Mountains. Dartmouth is located on 269 acres in the scenic New England town of Hanover, NH. Make the Dartmouth campus your home!
How We Live
Life in the residence halls is an added bonus. There are no forced triples or quads here. Even the furthest residence halls are only a ten-minute walk from the center of campus. Approximately one third of all student rooms are singles. Many rooms have their own bathrooms.
All students live on campus in their first year—most in residence halls. In fact approximately 90% of students from all class years live on campus. First-year students live in first-year residence halls and are part of the FYRE Program (First-Year Residential Experience Program) in which a dedicated UGA (Undergraduate Advisor) leads weekly floor meetings for the 20-30 residents in the community to help with the transition to College!
New this year: First-year students can also apply to live in these Living Learning Communities alongside upperclass students:
- The Global Village may be a great fit if you are interested in living with students from around the world—and from all class years—to explore global topics. The Global Village houses a residential cohort of the Dickey Center for International Understanding's Great Issues Scholars program, the international residence program, and students enrolled in various language programs (including French, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, and Portuguese). Fluent (or fluent-ish) in a language other than English? Feel free to write your Global Village essay in any language.
- The Triangle House is a newly renovated housing option for students interested in LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally) community development. This house sponsors academic opportunities for promoting the development of thoughtful and responsible scholars, activists, and community leaders.
- The Gender Neutral Program Floor would be a great fit if you are interested in activities and conversations about gender identity. The community is advised by the Assistant Director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement and has a dedicated UGA, both of whom facilitate a truly stimulating living environment for residents.
- DEN in Residence (Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network in Residence) is a selective residence hall community charged with conceptualizing a new 150 bed program linked to Dartmouth's Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator. 40% of beds in the community are reserved for interested first year students.
After Your First Year
Even after the first year, almost all Dartmouth students choose to keep living on campus because our residential community offers so many options. From historic residence halls with giant windows and fireplace mantels to apartments with every modern amenity, Dartmouth provides an array of living and learning possibilities.
In addition to living in residence halls, many students live in affinity housing including...
Some students also choose to affiliate with a Greek House and may live there at some point in their time at Dartmouth. The Greek Houses include…
- 15 all-male fraternities
- 8 all-female sororities
- 3 co-ed fraternities
Safety is Key
Dartmouth Safety & Security's communication center is the one-stop shop for all things safety. Call them to report a safety concern, to speak with the On Call Administrators, or to request a Safe Ride home after a late-night study session.
Food at Dartmouth is fantastic and options are limitless. Our dining facilities (all unique in size, layout, and offerings) serve fresh smoothies, homemade personalized pasta, late-night sushi, brick over pizza, kosher salmon, local organic produce, make-your-own stir fry, and fair-trade coffees..
There are chocolate fountains for Valentine's Day, giant waffle/ice cream Sunday bars for finals week, and Halloween meals served by costumed chefs.
If you keep kosher or halal, Dartmouth has you covered. Gluten-free options are also available. Students with special dietary needs or restrictions can learn more from one of our registered dietitians.
Or check out Main Street. Hanover is the quintessential college town. Lots of great restaurants, shops, a movie theater, competing gelaterias, and multiplying cafes.
When you need to go further, there's easy transport from campus to Boston and NYC.