Graduate Student Life and Housing

Studying engineering will take time, but not ALL your time. Students take pride in balancing the challenges of earning an engineering degree with the benefits of enjoying other interests along the way.

I'm an Engineer and ...

Beyond Thayer's walls, engineering students have access to all that Dartmouth and the surrounding communities have to offer. (To find out more, see the I'm an Engineer and... video playlist.)

Graduate Student Life

Student Groups & Councils

A variety of student groups offer opportunities to get involved and make a difference outside the classroom, and several student councils foster communication and participation throughout the School. In addition, the Dartmouth Society of Engineers (DSE) Student Chapter organizes outreach activities including exam study sessions and intramural sports teams.

The Great Outdoors

Hanover and the surrounding area offer opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation in all seasons. The Connecticut River is just one of many nearby rivers and lakes, and you can take advantage of opportunities for rock climbing, biking, camping, and hiking, including on the Appalachian Trail, which passes directly through Hanover.

The winter holds many possibilities too, with nearby skating, sledding, alpine skiing at the Dartmouth Skiway and at many other top-rated ski resorts of NH and VT, and cross-country skiing in open settings or along serene, wooded trails.

Arts & Culture

The Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum of Art are centers for the performing, visual, and creative arts at Dartmouth. The Hopkins Center, affectionately known as The Hop, is a multidisciplinary academic and extracurricular visual and performing arts center. Students can use the Hop's woodworking and jewelry workshops and participate in a wide range of musical ensembles.

The Hop serves northern New England and beyond as a cultural center, presenting some of the world's finest artists and ensembles in music, film, theater, and dance. The Hood Museum comprises ten public galleries, classrooms, research and conversation facilities, and is a permanent home for Dartmouth's fine art collections.

Help & Support

The road to an engineering degree can sometimes feel rocky when facing new challenges. A variety of resources help foster Dartmouth's culture of cooperation and support.

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Social Life & Community

Sports & Activities

In addition to the natural surroundings shown below, Dartmouth has extensive athletic facilities including indoor and outdoor running tracks, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, one of the finest ice arenas in the nation, a football stadium, an Olympic-size indoor pool, a dance studio, a fully-equipped weight room, and additional facilities for basketball, squash, racquetball, fencing, riflery, volleyball, and crew. (See Big Green Sports)

Housing & Apartments

Dartmouth rental housing consists of 540 on- and off-campus units within two miles of campus available only to matriculated Dartmouth graduate students. Accommodations range from studio apartments to single-family homes.

North Park

Reserved for first-year graduate students, North Park is a short walk to campus, as well as shopping and restaurants in downtown Hanover.

Sachem Village

A family-friendly neighborhood of 255 apartments, with a community center and playgrounds.

In-Town Rentals

Apartments of various sizes available to graduate students are located throughout downtown Hanover within walking distance of campus.