Manchester College Life

New Hampshire Institute of Art CampusWondering what life is like at a Manchester, NH college? You'll get inspired at galleries located in historic brick mill buildings. Soak up the solitude kayaking a 2,200-acre lake. Stumble across a poetry reading at a late-night café. Check out the top 25 things to do while you're in town (We're number 11!).         

Manchester is a true melting pot city, boasting world-class performance arenas, thriving nightlife, and more than eight colleges. There are over 23,000 college students in our city so there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people both on and off campus. You’ll enjoy all the culture, diversity and grit that inspires great art, but without the high urban price tag, and in a setting intimate enough that you’ll never feel lost.

Our walkable campus is located right in the heart of downtown. Residence halls, classrooms, and studios are just a short stroll from each other, intermingled with shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries. We’ve built strong relationships with local businesses and community organizations that take your art out of the classroom and into the real world. World-renowned artists visit to hold talks and workshops, giving you a chance to learn directly from some of the most exciting names in your field.

You’ll also find plenty of reasons to get out of town. The thriving art scenes of Boston, Portland, and Portsmouth are located just a short drive away. Take a day trip to hike the stunning White Mountains, or catch some sun on the beach. Don’t feel like traveling? You’ll find ample opportunities to mountain bike, fish, ski, or boat just a few miles away. Schedule a visit and see for yourself.


Student Discounts

Our students enjoy discounts at these locations, with a student ID:

Baked Bakery and Cafe - 10% discount

Ben and Jerry's - 10% discount

Cafe la Reine Coffee Shop - 10% discount

Consuelos Taqueria - 10% discount

Dancing Lion Chocolate - 10% discount

Gyro Spot - 10% discount

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant - Wednesday's 50% off the entree only (called "college nights")

Republic Cafe - $1.00 coffee

Restoration Cafe - 10% Good neighbor discount

Thousand Crane - 10% discount (dine in only)

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