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Manchester – a city of cuisine, farmer’s markets, and natural beauty

Looking for a cozy neighborhood-feeling, with all the amenities of a major urban center? Discover downtown Manchester, where you can stop by the farmers market, study at a small cafe, explore nature trails, or take in a show. There is so much to do in Manchester, and with our conveniently located campus, you are right in the heart of the action.

Culture, History, and Attractions

For a relaxing afternoon or a night out, you don’t need to go further than Manchester. Catch a performance at the Verizon Wireless Arena, visit one of our many museums of history, art, and science, include the SEE Science Center and the Millyard Museum, or experience the beautiful restored Palace Theatre.

Our students enjoy reduced-price or free admission to many of the attractions the Manchester area, including free admission to the the world-class Currier Museum of Art.


Looking for the perfect dining experience? The passionate and talented chef-owners of Manchester are changing the city’s culinary landscape - and there is plenty to discover. Just step outside our door and experience the many restaurants of busy Elm Street.  Looking casual, comfort food with a strong farm-to-table ethos? You’ll love Cotton. Or if you’re looking for made-in-house, classic Italian fare, Piccola Italia Ristorante is a sure bet. And Republic Cafe, located right down the street from us, works with more than 90 New England farmers and produces to serve up locally-sourced food, making it the perfect spot for locavores.


If you’re in the mood for shopping, look no further. From local gift shops to the enormous Mall of New Hampshire, there are plenty of ways to find that perfect item or spend a day socializing with friends.

Special Events

Because our campus is located in the heart of downtown our students enjoy all of the special events and festivities hosted by the city. Experience the local cuisine during “A Taste of Downtown Manchester,” take in a film during the Downtown Filmfest, or catch a performance of Holiday Pops - there is always a fun activity happening downtown.


Ready to root for the home team? Manchester hosts several dedicated sports teams, including the Monarchs hockey team, minor league Fisher Cats baseball team, and the Phantoms soccer team. And, our students enjoy free or discounted tickets to games through our Office of Student Affairs.

Farmer’s Markets

For local baked goods, seasonal treats, and healthy produce from local farms, visit the city’s weekly farmers market, which is held between June and October in Victory Park.

Explore the Outdoors

There is no better way to enjoy some downtime than by taking in the natural beauty of Manchester and the surrounding area.  The City of Manchester maintains 900 acres of parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, and a public beach, so there is always a way to experience nature, regardless of the season. Livingston Park offers beautiful walking and running loops around Dorr’s Pond, including elevated boardwalks though wetlands and access to fishing and boating, and Lake Massabesic offers beautiful scenes and bird watching.