North End Housing

About the Project

Throughout 2019 and 2020, Dartmouth leadership and Campus Services engaged the community in a rigorous process to create a master planning guide for developing our physical campus over the next 30 years. The resulting Planning for Possibilities: A Strategic Campus Framework provided the foundation for long-term campus planning. The framework contemplated including housing on Lyme Road, and this revised plan for apartment-style housing builds on that concept.   

The project features three residential buildings, which will allow Dartmouth to meet an urgent need for high-quality, apartment-style living for undergraduate students and address the need to significantly update our existing undergraduate housing stock. The design builds in flexibility to convert to graduate and professional student housing in the future. Notably, the project has been relocated to the west side of Lyme Road on the grounds of the former golf course.

The project will include:

  • Three apartment-style residential buildings;
  • 128 apartment units, with the capacity to house 400 undergraduate students (estimated) or 300 graduate students;
  • Common and gathering spaces (suitable for active programming) located in each building;
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces for a range of social gatherings;
  • A fitness facility for students;
  • Dedicated apartments for live-in professional staff/faculty; and
  • A landscape design that preserves and enhances access to green spaces and Pine Park.



Exterior aerial wood with stone
The clustered residential units maximize green and open space, and the landscape design preserves and expands access to Pine Park. The lower-density of apartment-style housing requires more land than typical undergraduate housing projects.

Current design contemplates both a stone-and-wood or a brick-and-panel exterior; this is one example of an area where community feedback could influence the final design.  


Exterior porch white with brick



Exterior porch wood with stone



Exterior co-op white with brick
The residences are designed to fit into the character of the existing neighborhood of commercial and residential buildings; this includes stepping down to three stories closest to Lyme Road, similar to other buildings in that area.

Holistic Vision for New North End

Key principles from Planning for Possibilities helped define a holistic vision for the North End which includes residential, academics, and green spaces.

Planning Activities

Dartmouth is actively engaged in the planning process and is in the midst of community engagement sessions designed to provide feedback on a number of topics. On a parallel track, there is a student engagement process underway that will provide student input on the challenges and opportunities associated with this North End apartment model.

Planning Principles

In 2020, Dartmouth released Planning for Possibilities, a comprehensive study and master plan for the future of campus over the next 30 years. Organized into two parts, Enduring Framework provides a long-term structure to the preservation of and improvements to the campus and lands. Catalog of Options provides a set of opportunities to be further explored as needs arise.

Eight planning principles were developed through the engagement process for the development of Planning for Possibilities and support the continued work of all capital planning:

  • Support the academic and research mission and Dartmouth's core values;
  • Maximize flexibility for 21st-century paradigms of teaching, learning, and research;
  • Preserve Dartmouth's campus character and activate campus landscapes;
  • Leverage Dartmouth's presence to reinforce a vibrant downtown;
  • Optimize the cost-efficiency and utilization of buildings and spaces;
  • Promote well-being and an inclusive and equitable environment;
  • Advance Dartmouth's commitment to a sustainable and resilient future; and
  • Embrace Dartmouth's multicentered regional presence.

Learn more about Planning for Possibilities.

Community Connections

During July and August, Dartmouth hosted a series of meetings to engage in feedback and provide input to key areas of the design process for the North End. All meetings were available via Zoom for remote partipants and in-person.

The five topics include:

  • Presentation of plan and community feedback: July 11
  • Green and public spaces: July 25
  • Sustainability and transportation: Aug 1
  • Programming, activation, and student experience: August 8
  • Residential building design and materials: August 15

Project Milestone

  • Planning and design – Summer, 2022