Local Community

One of the benefits of attending Dartmouth is the chance to live in the Upper Valley region of the Connecticut River. A vibrant cultural life is anchored by the many events at Dartmouth's Hopkins Center, and extended with considerable off-campus offerings of movies, theater and music, museums, and excellent bookstores. Extensive athletic facilities and a wide range of dining and entertainment options are associated with the College community.

Excellent hiking and mountaineering opportunities exist in the nearby White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Both mountain ranges are traversed by the Appalachian Trail which passes through Hanover. Outstanding river and lake canoeing are available.

The seasonal changes in Northern New England are spectacular; in particular, early October attracts many visitors who come to view the colorful autumn foliage. In winter, recreational opportunities are also abundant with alpine skiing at the College-owned Dartmouth Skiway, 12 miles north of Hanover. Many larger ski areas such as Killington and Stowe are within easy driving distance. Cross country skiing (even from the door of any academic building) provides a relaxing lunch time break from research during the winter as do running and biking during the other three seasons.

And when the urge to spend a weekend in a "big city" arises, Boston, Montreal and New York can be reached by car, bus or train within hours.

Below are a sampling of links for community life at Dartmouth and in the Upper Valley:

Graduate Student Community

For information and pictures about grad student life, see Flickr and Dartmouth Graduate Programs.

Student Diversity Groups

Moving to the Upper Valley

Outdoor Recreation


Cooking and Eating

Arts and Performance

Community Service and Science Outreach