Residence Life FAQs
When do first-year students and incoming transfer students move in?
All Incoming students will move in on Sunday, September 1st.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Room assignment and roommate notification for the fall semester will be emailed in July. Notification for the spring semester will be done in January.
I have a request for a housing accommodation, what should I do?
Residence Life works directly with the Office of Disability Services to determine eligibility for appropriate housing accommodations. Please email your request, as soon as possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org. By requesting accommodations, you give permission for the Office of Disability Services to discuss your request (not disability information) with the Office of Residence life.
May I live with a friend?
We expect that all students apply for housing via MyHousing. Once students have fully applied and completed their questionnaire, then their status will be moved to applied status. This will open up the opportunity to request a roommate. If you have a student in mind who you would like to move in with, then you can search for them. In order for students to be roommates, they MUST be a matched pair in MyHousing. If students are in unmatched pairings, then they will not be housed together
How do you choose where we are going to live?
After a student has paid their housing deposit they are put into the housing database. In late June we assign all of the students who have paid their deposit by the May 1st deadline; we make assignments based on mutual roommate choices, roommate preferences, hall and area requests, and availability of all of these requests.
When do returning students move back to housing?
All returning students move in on Monday, September 2nd, Labor Day.
Do I need a meal plan?
All students are required to have a meal plan. All dining plans are non-refundable. First Year and incoming transfer students are required to have either a Gold or Platinum plan for their first semester. After the first semester living on campus, all students can select from any of our dining plans. For more information, please visit Dining Services or call 603.645.9710 for assistance.
How does the meal plan work?
The meal plan is a declining balance plan which is part of the student identification card. This works similar to a debit card.
Can I change my meal plan?
Returning students can raise or lower their meal plan during the first two weeks of a semester. After this time frame, students may only raise their meal plans. Students in their first semester of living on campus can select between the Gold or Platinum plan and then beginning their second semester on campus, they will have the choice of any dining plan.
Is there co-ed housing?
All residence halls are co-ed by room with the exception of one floor in Washington which is all female. Co-ed floors have separate bathrooms for men and women. Our apartment, townhouse, and suite-style living areas (Windsor and Hampton) are co-ed within the housing unit.
May I move into my residence early?
Students should not expect to move in any earlier than the published check in time.
I received my housing assignment – can I make a change before I arrive?
Availability of rooms determines if room changes may be completed. September entry has the most housing assignments usually meaning limited flexibility. Students may request a change, in writing, prior to arrival but should not assume that it will be completed.
Are there carpeted rooms?
There is a mixture of carpeted and non-carpeted areas. Refer to the residence life amenities page for a description of all residential areas.
Is there air conditioning?
There are a few buildings on campus with air conditioning. These halls include Kingston, Tuckerman, Windsor, Hampton. In Monadnock Hall, there is air conditioning in the “knuckle” or middle of the building near the common areas, but not in the apartments. University policy does not allow for the installation of personal air conditioner units in any residence units.
Are there window treatments?
Traverse rods and drapes are provided on the windows.
What should I bring? What should I not bring?
Things to Bring
One of the common mistakes many students make is bringing too much for their room. Some basic items that should be brought are a pillow, sheets (extra long twin), bedspread, toiletries, laundry bags, detergent, blankets, portable shower caddie, wastebasket, alarm clock, coat hangers, desk and floor lamps, iron, blow dryer and shower shoes or flip flops.
Things Not to Bring
Community living dictates that certain items are not permissible because of obvious safety reasons. The following are examples of such items: hot plates, pets (except fish), air conditioners, waterbeds, space heaters, halogen lamps, weapons of any kind, candles, immersion heaters, toaster ovens, or any other cooking appliance.
This list is a guide and is not all inclusive. The university reserves the final decision on any item that they determine as inappropriate for the residence halls.
The University does not permit any devices that raise the bed from any floor level.
Bed lofting is not permitted based on construction limitations and fire safety issues.
Microwaves are not permitted in the residences. The Residence Life office in conjunction with the Student Government Association has a program that offers the Microfridge, a combination refrigerator and microwave. If you are interested in renting a Microfridge, you may contact New England Student Services at www.nestudentservices.com or by telephone at 401.405.0920. Our registration code for the site is 9481.
May I see my room prior to arrival?
During the academic year all rooms are assigned which precludes the showing of a room. However, if the Admission office has a showroom that is available, that room can be viewed. Contact the Admission Office at 603.645.9611 to arrange for a tour. Approximate room dimensions are available on our Web site on the Amenities page.
May I bring a car?
Students are allowed to have vehicles on campus. Parking decals must be obtained from Public Safety.
What about property insurance?
Students can purchase property insurance coverage through National Student Services. Students can apply for coverage or renew and modify existing coverage as well as obtain information that they will need about these programs.
May I bring a bed, my own mattress, desk?
All university furniture must remain in the location in addition to any furniture brought in. Students are financially responsible for university furniture that is missing or damaged.
What is a suite?
A suite is a grouping of double and single rooms in a residence hall that has a common lounge and separate sex bathrooms.
When are the undergraduate and graduate semester break and spring break?
Refer to the University calendar. All residences are closed during the break. Resident students will be notified via flyers and electronically about closing issues.
What size small refrigerator may I bring?
Refrigerators should be no larger than 3.5 cubic feet.
What do I do if I don’t get along with my roommate?
The live-in staff, Resident Assistants and Residence Directors are there to help you get through this. You should contact your residence director if you are having concerns or conflicts with your roommate to help you resolve the situation. If this mediation does not work, your residence director can process information on a room change.
What is open room change?
There are three open room change periods during the academic year. This is when room change requests are processed by the Assistant Director in the Central Office of Residence Life. During all other times of the academic year, the Residence Directors make room changes both within their own areas and outside their areas. Single room requests are managed only by the Assistant Director of Housing Operations in the Central Office of Residence Life.
May I cook in my room?
Cooking facilities are provided in the apartment and the townhouse area. There are no cooking facilities in the residence halls. Students are not allowed to have a microwave. An option would be the Microfridge. This is a combination refrigerator and microwave which can be rented by contacting New England Student Services at or by telephone at 401.405.0920. Our registration code for the site is 9481.
Do you allow pets?
The only pets allowed are fish.