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New Hampshire is part of a region called New England that includes Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. New England is home to mountains and cities alike offering many opportunities for different activities close by due to the proximity of each state.


Boston is 1 hour away by train from campus and is the education hub of the USA. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and considered to be a world leader in innovation.


With hundreds of restaurants, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene, Portsmouth, NH remains a premier destination with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the nation.

New England Weather

The beauty of our spring, summer, fall and winter make New England a true all-year-round destination for tourists. Average January Temperature: 0 °C / 32 °F. Average July Temperature: 27 °C / 82 °F.


Explore Durham

With the University of New Hampshire’s Global Student Success Program, you will be part of the quintessential American university community in Durham, New Hampshire from day one.

The best of both worlds

  • Perfect for both urbanites and outdoor enthusiasts
  • Located one hour north of Boston
  • Within easy access of the snow-topped White Mountain ranges, the serene Lakes region or the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Surrounded by stunning mountainous scenery (New Hampshire is referred to as the ‘Switzerland of America’)
  • The historic seaport cities Portsmouth and Portland are also close by
  • New Hampshire is consistently ranked among the top safest states in the USA

What to do in Durham when you’re not studying. We’ll give you some ideas to help you get started.

Student Life in Durham

UNH After Hours

The UNH student center hosts concerts, lectures, hypnotists, dance troops and more. These events are held all week long and best of all, most of them are free to students!

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Go see a movie

UNH has 2 movie theaters on campus and is the first university in the world to have a 3D movie theater. Movie tickets are FREE for all UNH undergraduate and graduate students.

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Go team!

UNH has great NCAA sports teams. The excitement of a packed hockey game is contagious. Students love coming together to cheer on their home team. And, once again, tickets are free for students!

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Entertain me

What better way to spend an evening than to go see a play or a live band? The seacoast region has many theaters small and large that host music events, improv shows, operas and plays. There are plays right on campus or students can venture to Portsmouth or Ogunquit for even greater variety.

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Dining out

Durham is only 15 minutes away from Portsmouth, NH which boast the most restaurants per capita in the US. The region is known for its seafood, but if you’re craving Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, BBQ or Italian, you’re in luck. This delicious destination also hosts a bi-annual Restaurant Week which is a great excuse to try something new.

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Discover Durham

Durham, New Hampshire

Nesmith Hall, 131 Main Street
New Hampshire 03824

Prospective Student Enquiries:
Telephone: +1(603) 862 0014
Facsimile: +1(603) 862 1924