Living in Concord

Welcome to UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and Concord, New Hampshire! This is your ultimate "survival guide," designed specifically for you by UNH Law students and staff. The guide is not to be used in place of the Yellow Pages, local publications or Google, but we hope it will help you become more familiar with the school as well as the many charming, fun and unique aspects of life in Concord.

Live Free and Flourish

UNH Franklin Pierce is located in Concord, New Hampshire, the state capital. Just steps from the capitol building and all branches of state government, the campus is next to White Park, a beautiful century-old public park with walking trails, an outdoor pool, playground and a pristine pond that is a popular spot for ice skating in the winter. 

Concord's vibrant downtown offers a wealth of restaurants, events and cultural happenings. The surrounding region, including New Hampshire’s beautiful seacoast, the White Mountains National Forest, and the nearby Lakes Region, is rich with recreational activities for any season. UNH’s main campus is 45 minutes south in Durham where you can experience Wildcat fever and catch a football or hockey game. 

Boston is an hour away and Montreal and New York City are about five hours by car. Concord is also 30 minutes north of Nashua, Salem and Manchester—New Hampshire’s “golden triangle” of high tech and business development, affording employment and externship possibilities.

Explore Living in Concord

Below we've listed a wide, though by no means exhaustive, selection of Concord's eateries – try them all!

Angelina's Ristorante Italiano: 11 Depot St., (603) 228-3313
Date-night pick: Dedicated to serving fine Italian cuisine. Rumor has it that they offer gluten-free versions of many dishes.

Arnie's Place: 164 Loudon Rd., 228-3225
Award-winning barbecue and homemade ice cream.

The Barley House: 132 N. Main St., (603) 228-6363
Across from the State Capitol, a restaurant by day, a great hangout by night. Weekly trivia nights. Enjoy live music, a game of pool, or darts downstairs.

Bread & Chocolate: 29 South Main St., 228-3330
Superb cakes, tarts, pastries, bread and coffee.

Checkmate Pizza: 41 Washington St., 228-0555
Just about as close as you could get to UNH Law. Pizza, calzones, salads, and more.

Cheers: 17 Depot St., (603) 228-0180
Full family restaurant upstairs, bar downstairs. A good place to shoot some darts, watch the game, and drink some beer. Outside seating in warmer months.

CitySide Grille: 25 Manchester St., (603) 227-0884
Great for the morning after a night out – breakfast until 2:30 p.m.

The Common Man: S. Main St./Water St., (603) 228-3463
You can count on a good meal here. And for a less expensive evening out, grab a drink at the bar and take advantage of the unlimited free cheese and crackers.

Corner View Restaurant: 80½ South St., (603) 229-4554
Popular breakfast place.

Granite Restaurant and Bar: 96 Pleasant St., (603) 227-9000
Seasonal menus influenced with French, Mediterranean, and Asian style using local New England products whenever possible. Excellent Sunday brunch.

Hermanos Cocina Mexicana: 11 Hills Avenue, 224-5669; Takeout: 228-5788
Great margaritas, and a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Live jazz Sunday through Thursday nights.

House of India: 6 Pleasant St, (603) 227-5266
Craving curry? Tandoor? Naan? You'll find all the basics and more at this downtown restaurant.

Margaritas: 1 Bicentennial Square, (603) 224-2821
In the former Concord jail, this Mexican restaurant was rated by UNH Law students as their favorite place to go in a Concord Insider feature in 2008.

Moritomo: Fort Eddy Shopping Center, (603) 224-8363
Great sushi – highly recommended by UNH Law students and alums.

O Steaks & Seafood: 11 S. Main St., (603) 856-7925
Hand-cut steaks, inventive seafood dishes, like the signature Lobster Mac & Cheese. Extensive wine list, outdoor terrace seating next to Concord's independent movie theater downtown.

Penuche's Ale House: 16 Bicentennial Square, (603) 228-9833
Behind Margarita's in the alley. Cheap beer, local bands, special happy hours.

Siam Orchid: 158 North Main St., (503) 228-1529
A taste of Thailand, with many vegetarian as well as meat and fish offerings.

Sunny's Table: 11 Depot Street, (603) 225-8181
Eclectic menu featuring local ingredients, with an Asian flair. Definitely worth a visit.

Tea Garden: 184 North Main St., 228-4420
Great Chinese food.

Washington Street Café: 88 Washington St., 226-2699
Adjacent to the law school. Homemade muffins and other goodies for breakfast. For lunch, try their grinders. Student discount available.

White Mountain Gourmet Coffee: 15 Pleasant St., 228-3317
Coffee roasting on site, great place to pick up coffee by the pound. Affordable lunches, great ice cream shakes.

Go apple picking at one of several beautiful local orchards: Apple Hill Farm, Carter Hill Orchard, or Gould Hill Farm. Rossview Farm offers homemade maple syrup, pick-your-own pumpkins and Christmas trees, and pick-your-own berries, as does Apple Hill Farm.

Want to try hiking? You'll find hundreds of beautiful trails in the White Mountains (an hour drive north) and elsewhere throughout the state, with difficulty levels suitable for absolute beginners to the most hardcore explorers. Check out the NH Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club for trail info – they also host regular meet-ups and group activities of all kinds.

To take a walk closer to home (but still close to nature), check out any one of Concord's 24 public trails.

Burn off some calories: Here are some other local ways to de-stress: yoga (there are too many studios to list, Google "yoga Concord NH"), martial arts (ditto here), rock climbing, As for local gyms, Planet Fitness is affordable on a student budget, and the Concord YMCA offers financial assistance to those who qualify.

Go bowlingBoutwell's Bowling Center, at 152 North State St., (603) 224-0941, offers good, old-fashioned Yankee candlepin bowling.

Let your voice be heard: Beijing & Tokyo, 61 S Main St., (603) 228-0888, offers karaoke on Friday and Saturday evenings from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Pub crawls aren't necessarily advised while in law school, but they're possible in Concord, thanks to the many bars and pubs you'll find on and near Main Street: The Barley House, Tandy's Top Shelf, Margarita's, Penuche's, Cheers, The Draft, and Beijing & Tokyo's downstairs bar are just some of the possible stops.

Is the dance floor calling? Try Tandy's Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, (603) 856-7614, which was voted Best Dance Club in Concord by a local weekly.

Go out to a movie: Concord is home to Red River Theatres, an independent theater located right on Main Street (at the intersection of Pleasant Street). Order a beer or glass of wine (most of which is from local breweries and wineries) and take in an indie flick, or head down Loudon Road to the Regal Concord 10 theater.

Go see a show: The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, (603) 225-1111, is home to all sorts of productions, including music, theater, and dance. Recent headliners include Wilco, They Might Be Giants, and Willie Nelson.

Roller derby fan? The Granite State Roller Derby frequently does battle with other teams, and you can sit in the audience or join in – they accept new recruits the first Tuesday of every month.

Living in Concord, NH, puts you in the center of one of the beautiful, widely varied and incredibly historic regions in the country. Concord's central location positions you just an hour from Boston, the New Hampshire (and Maine) Seacoast, the beautiful White Mountains and lovely pastoral Vermont. You'll be even closer to many of New Hampshire's most charming destination towns and cities. The state's Lakes Region is just 20 minutes to the north, and foodies will love the destination towns of Manchester and Nashua, to the south.

Everyone needs an occasional break from studying – we highly recommend these destinations, all within a day's drive of UNH Law:

Hanover, NH: The drive up to Hanover, on I-89, has some of the loveliest views you'll find in the state. And once you reach your destination, you may have a tough time deciding what to do – explore downtown Hanover's coffee shops, boutiques, and bookstores, eat at one of its good restaurants (we recommend Lou's Restaurant and Bakery for breakfast and Murphy's on the Green for lunch or dinner), take in the Dartmouth campus, which is intermingled with the downtown area, relax on The Green, or drive just a few miles out of town and explore the neighboring Vermont town, White River Junction.

Littleton, NH: This "picturesque New England gem" sits right in the White Mountains, and the beautiful views you'll see on your drive up are half the fun. Perhaps more important, Littleton is home to the World's Longest Candy Counter. Yes, you heard that right.

Portsmouth, NH: Probably the hippest city in New Hampshire, Portsmouth has it all: old, winding cobblestone streets, views of the harbor, high-end independent shops, great food (including the best breakfast place in NH), a lively nightlife, and tons of history. And it's less than an hour away. Don't miss:Prescott Park, Strawbery Banke, and a cruise on the Portsmouth Harbor.

Boston, MA: There are dozens of reasons to visit Boston – for the food, the shopping, the arts scene, the rock shows, the people-watching, the history – we could go on and on, but we'll let you discover your own reasons. You can skip the drive and just take the bus to Boston for the day. Concord Coach Lines offers same-day round-trip service to Boston for $24, saving you the hassle of paying for parking – and finding a parking spot.

Concord, MA: The OTHER Concord is about an hour and a half from this one, and it was the scene of the first battle of the American Revolution. During the middle of the nineteenth century, Concord was home to some of the greatest minds in America, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Today, visitors can swim in Walden Pond, tour the Minute Man National Historic Park, or just spend the day eating and shopping in Concord's posh downtown.

Portland, ME: The other Portland – a beautiful downtown right on the water, the northeasternmost hipster outpost on the East Coast, and home to some of the best food in the country. Just an hour and a half's drive away, you can spend the day shopping, exploring, and trying some of the best food you'll find outside New York City. For fine dining, try Fore Street, and for a more casual experience, sample the Belgian fries at Duckfat.

Bar Harbor, ME: Bar Harbor is located on Maine's Mont Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, a paradise for anyone who loves hiking, cycling, swimming, camping, whale-watching, or just eating lots of fresh lobster. About a six-hour drive from Concord, this is a great destination for a long weekend, especially in late spring or early fall, when most tourists are gone.

Bethel, ME: If you love skiing (downhill OR cross-country), Bethel is a must. This town, located about two and a half hours from Concord, in the mountains of Maine, is home to the Sunday River resort and the Bethel Inn Resort, where skiers of all types will find everything they need for an enjoyable day, including some of the best barbecue you'll find anywhere.

Montpelier, VT: The Green Mountain State's capitol, Montpelier is just an hour and a half away. Tour the Vermont State House, one of the country's oldest and best-preserved capitols. The House and Senate chambers are the oldest legislative chambers in their original condition anywhere in the country, and bonus if you spot the larger-than-life LL Bean-style portrait of Howard Dean in the halls. Montpelier is also home to the New England Culinary Institute, and visitors to the city can taste the students' efforts at the downtown eateries NECI on Main and La Brioche Bakery and Café. Or just grab a beer and people-watch: the combination of hippies and legislative types is unbeatable.

Brattleboro, VT: Named one of America's best small towns by Smithsonian magazine, Brattleboro is a funky place. The vibe is part college town, part New England mountain village. Visitors will find some great local breweries, an art museum (featuring dim sum, anyone?), a theater, a huge natural foods store, one of the best farmers' markets in New England, an interesting mix of small local businesses, and some great hiking and biking opportunities.

Burlington, VT: This college town, located on beautiful Lake Champlain about two and a half hours from Concord, is a fantastic weekend trip. Head to one of the many festivals held at the city's Waterfront Park, check out the adjacent bike path (great views and a beach as destination), or just spend the day in the downtown's open air mall, where you can sit outside, have a drink, and watch the day go by. There are some great restaurants, coffee shops, tea shops and bars in Burlington, and on the drive home, don't forget to stop at the Magic Hat Brewing Company.

Snail Mail and Packages


  • Loudon Road Laundromat: 228 Loudon Rd., (603) 228-9274
  • South End Village Laundromat: 71 Downing St., (603) 228-8768
  • Suds Appeal Laundromat: 47 Washington St., (603) 226-9324 (2 blocks from school)

Hardware Stores

  • Aubuchon Hardware: 80 S. Main St., (603) 228-5500
  • Home Depot: 42 D'Amante Dr., (603) 227-0580
  • Lowe's: 90 Fort Eddy Rd., (603) 573-4101
  • Rocky's Ace Hardware: (next to the post office) 20 Loudon Rd., (603) 229-1380

Shopping Hubs

Steeplegate Mall

  • On D'Amante Drive off Loudon Road, Steeplegate Mall is a hub for department stores and shopping, both inside the mall and in the surrounding area. Stores in the mall include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, The Bon-Ton, Charlotte Russe, GameStop, JCPenney, Kitchen Collection, LensCrafters, Old Navy, Olympia Sports, Sears, Talbots, Victoria's Secret and Verizon Wireless.
  • Nearby department stores include: Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Michael's, Ocean State Job Lot, PetSmart, Sam's Club, Target, and Wal-Mart.
  • Restaurant and beverage options in the area include: Applebee's, Dunkin' Donuts, The Ninety-Nine, Newick's Lobster House, Ruby Tuesday, TGI Friday's, and Starbucks.

Fort Eddy road
Another hub, this one's a little closer to UNH Law. You'll find three grocery stores (see "Grocery Shopping" section below), Books a Million, Eastern Mountain Sports, a high-end florist, Hallmark, a great Japanese restaurant, an LL Bean outlet, Lowe's, Panera Bread, a party store, Petco, Planet Fitness, Staples, a Verizon store, and lots more.

Main Street
Downtown Concord has lots to offer shoppers, including a consignment store if you're looking to buy inexpensive furniture or sell it when you graduate. Other highlights include Bona Fide Green Goods and Your Home, Your World, where you'll find everything you need to live eco-consciously; Joe King's, a big independent shoe store; Lotions N Potions, offering just that, plus facials and spa treatments; too many hair salons to mention; a handful of clothing stores; a fun antique gallery where you'll find anything and everything; plenty of home decor and improvement stores; enough pubs to satisfy your thirst; a funky arts collective studio and shop; pastry shops galore; tailors and dry cleaners; pharmacies; an independent bookstore; and more.

Outlet malls
Living in New Hampshire, you never have to pay full price, because the outlet malls are just a short drive away. Nearby options include the Tanger Outlets in Tilton (a 20-minute drive), with stores such as Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Gap, Izod, J Crew, Levis, Nike, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. The Merrimack Premium Outlets (30 minutes away) feature stores such as Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Guess, Loft, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.


  • Market Basket: Fort Eddy Road location, 108 Fort Eddy Rd., (603) 224-5479; downtown location, 80 Storrs St., (603) 228-3228
  • Shaw's Supermarket: Fort Eddy Plaza location, 20 Fort Eddy Rd., (603) 228-0770; Loudon Road location, 20 D'amante Drive, (603) 228-1440
  • Hannaford: 73 Fort Eddy Rd., (603) 228-2060
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter: 344 Loudon Rd., (603) 226-9312
  • Concord Cooperative Market: 24 South Main Street (603) 225-6840: Full-service natural foods grocery store with an extensive organic and local produce department and a variety of natural food, health, body, and household products.
  • Farmers' markets: Concord hosts a farmers' market on Capitol Street every Saturday morning June-October. In the colder months, look for the winter farmers' market, held at a Concord greenhouse and nursery.
  • Granite State Natural Foods: 164 North State St., (603) 224-9341: Natural, gourmet, and ethnic foods. Vitamins, supplements, herbal products, bulk grain, fresh baked breads, homeopathic, books, information center, and special diet foods.
  • Saigon Asian Market: 93 S. Maple, Manchester, (603) 644-3555
  • Asian Market Center: 550 Elm St., Manchester, (603) 669-2183


  • CVS: 44-52 N. Main St., (603) 225-9300
  • Hannaford: 73 Fort Eddy Rd, (603) 228-2121
  • Rite Aid: 92 South St., (603) 228-8400; 165 N. State St., (603) 223-6713; 24 Fort Eddy Plaza, (603) 224-7784

Dry Cleaners

  • Cindy Ann Cleaners: 169 N. Main St., (603) 228-0623
  • Arnos: 267 S. Main St., (603) 224-4461
  • Cleary Cleaners: 80 S. Main St., (603) 225-3393; 228 Loudon Rd., (603) 226-0449

The Concord Monitor is Concord's daily newspaper. Paying subscribers (to the print or e-editions) get unlimited online access – nonsubscribers are limited to a certain number of story views per month. The Monitor's weekly publication, The Concord Insider is distributed free around Concord on Wednesdays (you'll find copies next to Valerie's desk in the reception area). It features a weekly events calendar, a dedicated Concord focus, and some of the quirkiest stories you'll find anywhere.

WMUR, the local TV news station, can be found on Channel 9. To stay tuned in, subscribe to its email news alerts and mobile phone apps.

New Hampshire Public Radio, based in Concord, is at 89.1-FM on your dial and features local, national and international news as well as national shows such as Talk of the Nation and The Diane Rehm Show.

Concord NH Patch, an online news site, features local coverage and business listings.

The Union Leader is New Hampshire's statewide newspaper. Paying subscribers get full access to the website, and some stories are only featured in print.

The Hippo, a free weekly publication covering much of the state, features news and arts coverage and a statewide events calendar. You'll find The Hippo at many downtown locations.

New Hampshire Magazine calls itself "the essential guide to living in the Granite State." Subscribers get 12 issues a year of the glossy magazine, which features stories and columns guaranteed to delight newcomers and fifth-generation Yankees alike.

Facebook pages you'll want to follow: Intown Concord and the Concord Young Professionals Network.

Don't miss these very local tweets: Gibson's Bookstore, Red River Theatres, StayWorkPlay, Concord Arts Market.

Child Care

The list of licensed facilities and private homes for child care services in the Concord area is extensive. Because of this we encourage you/your spouse to come to Concord at your earliest convenience to visit each facility you are considering. Many centers have waiting lists, so it's best to call to check availability early. The list below includes a few of the childcare centers in the area where University of New Hampshire School of Law students have placed their children.

Children's Learning Center, St. Paul's School: 325 Pleasant Street, (603) 229-4600
School-year session and two summer sessions.

Concord Recreation Department: White Park, (603) 225-8690
Summer camps and day camps for winter and spring break.

Concord Family YMCA: (603) 228-9622
Day care, summer camps and an after school program that picks up children from local schools

East Side Learning Center: 164 East Side Drive, (603) 224-2717

First Start Children's Center: 17 Knight Street, (603) 228-1341, ext. 7

Woodside School: 114 South Fruit Street, 224-8418

Registering Children for School

For students new to Concord, immunization records and the address of the previous school are necessary. A birth certificate or copy of a birth certificate is needed for students starting in kindergarten. Forms for the immunization record are available at the school. Call the Superintendent of School's Office at 225-0811 to find out which school is appropriate for your neighborhood and child's grade. If you do not have the child's previous school records, the school will send for them.

The Concord School District website lists all Concord public schools and links to the school's web pages.

Concord Public Library: 45 Green St., (603) 225-8670
Bring your school ID along with proof of Concord address for a library card.

New Hampshire State Library: 20 Park St., (603) 271-2144
The oldest state library in the United States. Combined with the State Supreme Court Law Library, it houses more than 400,000 volumes. Located in front of the library is the First in the Nation Primary Walk of Fame.

New Hampshire Law Library: Supreme Court Building, 1 Noble Street (directions) (603) 271-3777
Open to the public, this law library was created to allow the citizens of New Hampshire educational access to the law.

New Hampshire Historical Society Library: 30 Park St., (603) 228-6688
Preserves the finest collection of printed, manuscript, and pictorial materials relating to New Hampshire history anywhere.


  • Concord Area Transit (CAT): (603) 225-1989 - Limited bus service within the city of Concord and to the mall. Buses run from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Contact CAT directly for bus routes.
  • Concord Cab Company: 1 Kennedy Lane, (603) 225-4222
  • Concord Coach Lines: 30 Stickney Avenue, (800) 639-3317 - Frequent service to Boston, South Station, and Logan Airport

Police and Fire Department

For all emergencies, medical and otherwise – dial 911

  • Police department: 35 Green St., (603) 225-8664
  • Fire department: 24 Horseshoe Pond Lane, (603) 225-8650

Medical Services

  • Concord Hospital: 250 Pleasant St, (603) 225-2711, 24-hour emergency services
  • Concord Hospital Walk-In Urgent Care Center: (603) 230-1200, walk in clinic at Horseshoe Pond
  • Concord Hospital Family Health Center: 250 Pleasant St., 228-7200
  • Concord Family Medicine: 141 East Side Dr., 228-0071
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: 253 Pleasant St., 226-2200
  • Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Service: 1 Intervale Rd, Concord NH 03301, (603) 227-1199, open 24 hours

You may or may not want to establish New Hampshire residency. An out-of-state license plus a University of New Hampshire School of Law student I.D. is usually equivalent to a NH license for identification purposes (e.g., to cash checks).

You are required to obtain a NH car registration within 60 days of becoming a resident of the state. If you will be living in Concord, the city of Concord website should tell you all you need to know.

If the vehicle is owned by you, submit the title, along with proof of residency, to the town or city office where you reside. If the vehicle is leased, there is a lien holder or the vehicle is title exempt, submit the following to the town or city office where you reside:

  • The out-of-state registration
  • Lease agreement, if applicable
  • Lienholder's name and address
  • Proof of residency

You will need a title or certificate of origin with you when you go to the city/town clerk, who will fill out a registration application and collect the city/town fee. There is also an annual auto inspection in your birth month. Each inspection can be performed at an authorized local service station.

Please visit the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles for more information, including information for International Students who wish to get a driver's license:

Welcome to Concord, New Hampshire, a city rich in culture and history. The land Concord occupies was originally settled by Native Americans, who referred to the area as Pennycook or "the crooked place" because of the winding turns of the Merrimack River. Settlers from the English colony of Massachusetts made their way north beginning in 1725 and established the township of Penacook.

On June 7, 1765, the province of New Hampshire enacted a law granting a town described as "a Parish of Bow ... by the name of Concord." In 1808, Concord was named the official seat of government. The State House, built of local granite in 1819 by state prison inmates, is the oldest state capital in which the legislative branches meet in their original chambers. It's also the third largest legislative body in the English-speaking world. Only the US House of Representatives and the British Parliament have more representatives than New Hampshire.

Granite quarrying earned the state its nickname, the Granite State. Local stone from nearby Rattlesnake Hill was used for the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The quarry remains active and is still a major granite supplier.

Several famous individuals either lived in or spent time in Concord, including 14th President Franklin Pierce, Daniel Webster and Horace Greeley.

Today, Concord is a city of about 45,000 people. The downtown area is full of shops and cafes, and you can find many more restaurants and stores uptown in the "Heights." As the state capital, Concord offers easy access to all branches of state government, federal and state courts, and United States federal courts. New Hampshire is also home to the "First in the Nation Presidential Primary." Candidates running for president pay special attention to this state, visiting often (sometimes years before the primary), and shaking a lot of hands. Granite Staters are incredibly proud and fiercely protective of their status as "first in the nation."