Tuck students don't scatter after classes are over. More than half of first-year students live in on-campus residence halls, and the rest live nearby, making spontaneous social events and shared activities a way of life. At the center is Whittemore Hall, which provides private student living accommodations and facilities for the entire Tuck community, including social areas, group study rooms, a business resource center, and an exercise facility with locker rooms. Buchanan Hall features pairs of single rooms connected by a shared bathroom, group study rooms, and a lounge area.
All second-year students live off campus in rental apartments and houses—many of which are passed down to successive groups of Tuck students from year to year. Many students from both classes who have partners or children rent duplexes or town houses in Sachem Village, Dartmouth's graduate student housing complex.
Application forms for on-campus housing are sent to admitted students before their arrival at Tuck.
Completed in January 2000, Whittemore Hall is home to 60 first-year students. Facilities include:
- 60 rooms (each with private bath, mini-refrigerator, and cable TV) in clusters of 8-12 rooms with a shared living room, kitchenette, and other amenities
- first-floor lobby/lounge/reception area for social events and program registration
- 10 study rooms and 4 conference rooms clustered on lower floors to serve the entire Tuck community
- resource center with copiers, fax machine, and supplies
- exercise facility—open to the Tuck community
- lockers, showers, and changing rooms—open to the Tuck community
An outdoor area, McCormack Courtyard, connects Whittemore Hall, the Murdough Center, and Byrne Hall, and is an attractive place to sit in the summer months. The courtyard contains the Courtstone Viaduct (c.1930), a high, stone-faced bridge that stands behind the Murdough Center and gives access to the rear of Tuck, which faces the Connecticut River.
Renovated in the summer of 2001, Buchanan Hall, located on Tuck Drive, is home to first-year students. Facilities include:
- 66 semi-private rooms (2 single rooms share a common bath), 5 suites containing two rooms with private bath, and 1 single room with private bath (all rooms have cable TV access)
- first-floor lounge for both formally scheduled and ad hoc social events
- 4 group study rooms
- laundry facility
Buchanan's group study rooms and a comfortable lounge area facilitate the kind of intellectual and social interactions that make Tuck unique.
The towns surrounding Dartmouth offer many housing options. In New Hampshire, students tend to live in Hanover, Lebanon, West Lebanon, or Lyme. In Vermont—just across the Connecticut River—Norwich, Wilder, and White River Junction are popular locations. Advance Transit provides a free public bus service between the Dartmouth campus and nearby communities. Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bicycle racks.
Sachem Village, located just south of Hanover, provides reasonably priced housing for Dartmouth graduate students who have partners or families. Sachem offers one- or two-bedroom units for couples and three-bedroom units for families with children. Dartmouth's Real Estate Office manages these units and allocates them. Priority is given to domestic and international students with children. Competition for housing in Sachem is stiff, so early application is advisable.
To locate non-Dartmouth rental housing, view the Upper Valley Rental Housing List, maintained by the Dartmouth College Real Estate Office. The list includes rental apartments, houses, condominiums, and places to share. Private housing can be also be found by contacting local real estate agents.