UNH’s Housing Crisis

Rebecca Johnson

Dear Students:

I hope that you have had
the opportunity to read President Kaplan’s article in last week’s
Charger Bulletin. The article outlines the enormous progress made over
the last few years at the University and why it is important for
enrollment to grow as growth will benefit the student body in many


Many of you have
expressed concern about the housing situation for next fall.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer housing to seniors in their fifth
year, current commuter students and students who paid their housing
deposits after the deadline. I am writing to let you know what the
University has done to date to assist the students we are unable to
accommodate on campus.

This year, we experienced
a record number of new students interested in attending UNH, many of
whom have paid enrollment deposits, coupled with a large number of
returning students all looking for housing. As indicated in my previous
letter to you, we worked very hard to secure a 200 bed apartment
building in Westville which we could manage as a residence hall. Since
we were unable to realize this plan, we continued to look for
additional options for students and were able to secure a UNH student
rate at the Wintergreen Apartments for students leasing on their own. A
number of students have already chosen to sign leases at the
Wintergreen for fall.

Yesterday, the USGA and
Dean of Students Office sponsored a highly successful off campus
housing fair in Dodds Hall. There was a great student response and we
hope that those who attended were able to secure an apartment for fall
from one of the complexes represented. Roommate matching was available
at the fair and students who are still looking for a roommate may go to
the Office of Residential Life where there is a listing of students
needing a roommate. Information about the complexes is also available
in ORL.

I want to assure you that
the University and the Student Affairs staff will do everything
possible to assist students who are still looking for off campus
housing. Our goal is to provide you with a positive college experience
that supports your learning in every way.

Best wishes for much success on your exams and for a wonderful summer break. We look forward to your return in August.

Rebecca Johnson
Associate Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
University of New Haven – A leader in experiential education
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, Connecticut 06516
203-931-6088 fax