Grad Student Housing Options: North Park

On August 14, 2013 by Grad Forum

north_park_thumbnail_3Eager to start their training in one of the graduate programs here at Dartmouth, incoming students arrive in Hanover, NH, in August from all over the country and world. Students in recent classes hail from places as near as Massachusetts, Maine, and New York, or as far away as California, Minnesota, Florida, Australia, India, China, and Ghana. Moving any distance, whether it is 100 miles or 7000 miles, can be intimidating. Luckily for Dartmouth graduate students, the North Park housing complex is conveniently located on campus between Alumni Gym and Geisel School of Medicine and helps alleviate additional stressors by offering fully furnished apartments for first-year students.

Upon acceptance into a graduate program, students can apply for North Park housing by contacting Jennifer Jones, the residential property manager for Dartmouth. There are 111 rooms available, in 30 apartments. Floor plans include:

  • 4-bedroom/2 bath apartments
  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Studios

Rent includes all utilities (including heat, wireless, internet, and snow removal), and the lease terms last 11.5 months, with exceptions for Thayer School of Engineering students, who need to complete summer internships.

north_park_thumbnail_1North Park Activities Coordinator Regina Salvat has some advice for those looking to move in. She recommends bringing “[things] similar to what you would bring to live in a dorm: toiletries, bedding, etc. Kitchen supplies and grilling tools are great to bring too.” She adds, “A bicycle is a great thing to bring to Hanover. Since it’s a small town and parking is hard to find, you can get almost anywhere you need to go with just a bike. Finally, snow gear is a MUST.”

Additional advantages to living in North Park include the ability to make friends. Angelyca Jackson, a fifth-year PhD microbiology student, says that “the girls I lived with in my first year were in different programs, and I doubt I would have met them if I had not been in North Park.” There is also the amazing proximity to campus. Third-year PhD biology student Drew Bridges said his “favorite aspect of living in North Park was the proximity to work and being surrounded by fellow creative, big thinking intellects.” Also, international student Anum Khan, a PhD first-year in biology, commented, “since a lot of people living in North Park were fellow first years, it was easier to be included in North Park activities… and to make friends.”

north_park_thumbnail_2Perhaps one downside to living in North Park is the somewhat higher rent, which does not include parking. However, one solution is to purchase a general student parking pass for Dewey Lot (across the street from North Park), through Dartmouth’s Facilities Operations and Management.

Lastly, North Park co-hosts a number of social activities with the Graduate Studies Office throughout the summer and school year, including an Independence Day BBQ, pumpkin carving, movie nights, cooking nights, holiday-themed parties, and an assortment of end of term pub nights, to name a few. The next major event is the North Park Orientation Wine and Cheese Mixer on Saturday, September 14, starting at 7:30 pm. It is open to all graduate students, not only North Park residents.

For more information about North Park housing, contact Jennifer Jones. You can watch a short photo tour of North Park here. For other housing options outside North Park, check out the posts listed on Dartlist (Dartmouth’s version of Craigslist).

by Jeanine Amacher

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