UNH is surrounded by small rural towns, with the exception of Portsmouth, so most students who live off campus move to the neighboring towns of Dover and Newmarket. Most renters in these towns welcome students, and rent prices in the two towns are very reasonable. A house for five people can range anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000, depending on certain amenities. Shuttles frequently run out to these two towns, which makes for an easy 10- or 20-minute commute to campus. Dover and Newmarket are similar in atmosphere, both being very casual small towns. Portsmouth is the closest city to Durham and has just what you would expect from a city: high rent prices and mostly small apartments, so consequently, the student population is quite small in Portsmouth. A University shuttle does run out to Portsmouth, making life there entirely possible if you don’t mind the city and the higher prices.
Living in Durham is a much sought after treasure for the most obvious reasons of being able to walk to school and being close to the atmosphere of UNH. Finding a place to live in Durham is not easy, but it's not impossible. Rents tend to be slightly higher than in Dover or Newmarket, but bargains do surface here and there. Overall, off-campus housing at UNH is very abundant and provides many options when choosing a place that you genuinely like.