Housing Information for International Students

Housing on and around SNHU’s Campus

Housing is available for ELS and undergraduate students with the exception of married students. Undergraduate housing is limited, so make your reservation early. There is no on campus housing for graduate students.

You may wish to live on-campus in one of our residence halls, apartments, or townhouses or search for off-campus housing on your own. Whether you decide to live at SNHU or explore other housing options, the following information should help you get started on your search.

Southern New Hampshire University Residence Halls; Southern New Hampshire University is proud of its Residence Halls and encourages you to consider them when making your housing decision. 

Some of the benefits of living on-campus are:

  • Extensive Housing OptionsEach room is equipped with high-speed Internet access, individual phone lines with voice mail, and more.
  • Vibrant Events Calendar
  • Flexible Meal Plans:  Students can find a variety of food to satisfy their taste buds. From pasta to stir fry, sandwiches to specialty meals, dining services works hard to serve you.
  • Easy to Sign-up:  Forget the hassle of searching for an apartment.  Signing up for a Residence Hall takes 5 minutes! 
  • Proximity to Other Campus Buildings:  All of our Residence Halls are located on campus, so they are within minutes of classrooms, computer labs, recreation facilities, the library, the Student Center, and other important university buildings.
  • Community:If you’re new to the area, living in a Residence Hall is a terrific way to meet new people, build friendships, and introduce yourself to the SNHU community.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Residence Halls or how to sign-up for a room, please contact the Office of Residence Life by phone 603.645.9758 or email housingquestions@snhu.edu.  They’ll be happy to discuss your options with you!  To guarantee campus housing, return your housing contract and deposit by the recommended date.  Temporary housing is not available on campus.

Search the Local Newspapers

One of the best ways to begin your search for off-campus housing is through the local newspapers.  Landlords often advertise open apartments in the "Classified Ads" section of the newspaper.  Some local newspapers you may want to check out are:

  • Union Leader.  You will find the Union Leader online at http://www.unionleader.com/.
  • ManchesterCityGuide.  Look in the classifieds at http://www.hellomanchester.com/.
  • Other papers, including the Nashua Telegraph, Concord Monitor and others may be found at http://newslink.org/nhnews.html.

Friends and Flyers

If you already live on campus or know people living in the Manchester area, one great way to find an apartment is simply through word-of-mouth.  You may find that one of your friends knows of an acquaintance searching for someone to share or sub-let their apartment.  Take a walk around campus and you’ll also find plenty of flyers posted on bulletin boards that are advertising open apartments or rooms. 

Private Room Rentals

These are opportunities to rent a room with a local family.  This is a great way to improve your English and experience American culture firsthand.  SNHU does not screen or endorse any private room rentals.  It is recommended that you receive a written lease outlining your rights and responsibilities and those of your landlord.

Off-Campus Housing Checklist

First consider on-campus housing.  If you want to live off-campus, be sure you are eligible.  To be eligible to live off-campus you must be a graduate student or a married student

If you decide to look for off-campus housing, look for ads that show an apartment that fits your budget and call the phone number on the ad.  You must see the apartment before you sign a lease.

Know these terms:

  • Lease:  a legally binding rental contract.
  • Landlord:  the owner of the building.
  • Tenant:  the person renting the apartment or room.
  • Security Deposit:  an amount of money that must be paid in advance of your moving in.  This is usually one month’s rent.  Any damages to the apartment or cleaning costs associated with preparing for the next tenant will be taken out of this money when you leave.  If the apartment is in good shape, your deposit should be refunded in full.
  • First and Last Month's Payment:  some apartments require you to pay your first month and last month's rent, plus a security deposit before you move in.
  • Utilities:  services like electricity, water, gas (for heat or hot water), telephone, cable tv. 
  • Unfurnished:  this means the apartment has no furniture (bed, desk, couch, etc.) other than a stove and refrigerator.  Furnished means the apartment has furniture.
  • Closet:  a storage space for your clothes (wardrobe).
  • Sublet/Sublease:  this means that one person has rented an apartment/room and is then renting it out to someone else

Think about these questions when looking at apartments:

  • Is there a lease?  If so, for how long?  If there is no lease, what are the terms of the rental? 
  • What, if any, financial documentation does the landlord require?  (For example:  proof of your working, having a sponsor, a US co-signer, or pre-payment of the rent.)  The landlord may also ask you for your Social Security Number (which you may not have until you find work in the US) so that they can run a “credit history” on you.  Without a credit history, landlords may be more likely to ask for other proof.
  • Are utilities (heat, electricity, water, gas) included in the rent?  If not, how much extra per month will these likely cost?  You may see ads that say "utilities included" or "utilities not included".
  • How do you pay the rent and where do you pay it?
  • Are there enough electrical outlets for your computer, printer, TV, etc?  Remember that using extension cords may be unsafe and a risk of fire.  Remember that electrical items from home may not work in the U.S. (110 volts) or may need a transformer.
  • How much closet/storage space is there?
  • Whom do you call for repairs?
  • How much is the security deposit?  What are the requirements for a full refund?
  • What are the landlord's rules on roommates?  Parties?  Noise?  Pets?  Children?  Guests?
  • When and from where is garbage picked up?
  • What are the building's security arrangements?  Are there adequate locks on the windows and doors?
  • How safe of a street/neighborhood is the apartment in?
  • Does the building have a fire escape?  If not, where is the nearest emergency exit?
  • What is the policy about a sublet/sublease?
  • Are there laundry facilities (washing machine and clothes dryer) in the building?  How do you use these and how much does it cost?
  • Where are the nearest stores?
  • Will you be allowed to paint, install shelves, put up pictures, etc.?
  • Does the kitchen have a refrigerator and stove and do they work?
  • How will you get to and from campus?  If you do not have a car, where is the nearest bus stop?  How long will it take to get to campus?  If you have a car, where can you park it?  Is the parking space free? 
  • Visit http://www.mapquest.com/ for maps and driving directions to see how far away the apartment is from campus.
  • Purchase renter's insurance to protect your belongings in the event of theft or fire.

Please remember! A lease is a binding legal contract that you must respect.  Follow guidelines for rent payment, security deposit/damage, friends, sub-letting, pets, smoking and moving out.  Please be respectful of rules in your lease so that future students may enjoy the opportunity to rent the apartment.  Remember that the landlord considered the behavior of past students in choosing to rent the apartment to you.

Before you sign the lease:

  • Read and understand all the details.
  • Get answers to any questions you have.
  • Inspect the apartment for damage or missing items and ask for these to be fixed before you move in or have them noted on the lease so that you are not charged when you leave the apartment.

Local Utility Company Contact Information

  • Comcast Cable  Cable tv, internet  888.633.4266
  • PSNH  Electricity  800.662.7764
  • Verizon  Telephone service  800.585.4466
  • Keyspan Energy  Gas (cooking/heating)  800.262.4111

There are many cell phone companies which you may use rather than having a phone in your apartment.  Ask friends which they find has good coverage and reasonable prices. 

Good luck with your search!