Travel and Site Information, Violin Craftsmanship Institute


University of New Hampshire
Putnam Hall - Workshop Location
34 Sage Way, Durham, NH 03824


Institute Location

The University is located on 156 wooded acres in Durham, New Hampshire and is only a 90-minute drive from Boston, Massachusetts; 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean; and 40 miles from the foothills of the White Mountains National Forest. The historic seacoast town of Portsmouth is 10 miles east of Durham.
Download a campus map.


Travel Information

Local airports:  Boston’s Logan International Airport or from Manchester (NH). Limousine service and bus service are available from either airport. AMTRAK also runs service from Boston, MA to UNH in Durham, NH. If you are flying into the area, we recommend selecting an airline with a flexible refund or ticket change policy in the event of unexpected circumstances.

C&J Bus service from Logan Airport to Portsmouth or Dover, NH. You will need to take a taxi from the end point to Durham.
C&J tickets cost $24 one way.

AMTRACK Downeaster-Train Service from Boston North Station, MA, to Durham, NH.
You will need to take transportation from Logan to Boston North Station.
AMTRAK tickets one way cost $20.
The Durham train station is a short walk to the Putnam Hall workskhop location. The walk from the train station to the dormitory, Handler Hall, is a little more than a 1/5 mile.

Room and Board

On-Campus Housing

Housing and meals are not included in the tuition. However, on-campus air-conditioned housing and meals are available for an extra charge. Housing reservations can be made by calling (603) 862-0863 or (603) 862-1900. For more information, please download the following forms:

Off-Campus Housing

For More Information about Housing



Holloway Commons Dining Hall Hours

Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Durham has a market and several restaurants to serve your dining needs.


Deliveries (packages/letters) may be sent to:

Your Name” c/o UNH Violin Institute
Cole Hall, Room 146
34 Sage Way
Durham, NH 03824

Mailing Packages Home:

Main Street Mailing and Copy - UPS & FedEx
54 Main St.
Durham NH 03824
(603) 868-1002
Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed weekends

US Postal Office
2 Madbury Rd
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 868-2151 
Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

UNH (Durham, NH) Parking and Transportation

Everyone with a car needs a parking permit. Participants with a car must request a parking permit  as a part of registration and will receive their permits upon arrival. Parking permit fees are included in the registration. Parking permits will be given to registered participants who requested one at the dorm Sunday night in the housing packet or Monday, the first day of class.

Wildcat Transit, the UNH bus service, runs Monday – Friday 7:20 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dispatch Phone: (603) 862-2328. CALL THE DISPATCHER WITH ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT UNH BUS SERVICE.

Bus stops for service between Handler Hall and Putnam Hall are located in front of Kingsbury Hall (near Putnam) and Main Street (@Field House & Mast Road). The Service Connector runs every 20 minutes. When you get off at Main Street, you will need to walk down Mast Road to Putnam Hall.

The UNH Wildcat Bus Service if FREE on campus. For service to Portsmouth it cost $1.50. There is no weekend bus service during the summer.

If you don’t have a car and don’t want to take the bus, walking around campus is easy and good exercise!

Additional Options

Campus Recreation

Whittemore Center

The 104,425 square foot Whittemore Center provides the University community (inclusive of summer studies students) with the latest recreational sports facilities, equipment and a new outdoor pool. There is a per day rate for an adult guest pass to the recreation center. The guest pass may be obtained at the service desk located at the Whittemore Center on Main Street. A daily pass is $11. Guests under the age of 19 are only permitted during designated family programs. A driver’s license is required to show proof of age. Summer hours are scheduled for Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the facility is open from noon to 5 p.m. The CRC will be closed July 4th. For updated information on the CRC, please call the service desk at 603-862-2031 or visit the campus recreation website.

Mendum’s Pond

For summer recreation, swimming, and boating, Mendum's Pond recreation area is just seven miles from Durham. Visit the campus recreation website, click on the “facilities” tab and view hours and information about Mendum’s Pond. There is no lifeguard on duty, so do not go swimming alone.

Medical Care

Health Services

Located at 4 Pettee Brook Lane in Durham, across Main Street from Holloway Commons. Students have access to Health Services. Services are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Health Services will bill your insurance company if you present your insurance card. If you do not have a card, payment must be made at Health Services at the time of service. Heath Services is open M–F, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. It is closed on weekends.

For more information regarding Health Services, please call (603) 862-9355.

Medical emergency

Call *911 (from a campus phone) or 911 (from a non-campus phone)

Getting Medical Care When UNH Health Services is Closed

What to do when you need medical services and Health Services is closed? You have the following options available:

  • Medical Emergency: For a medical problem requiring immediate assistance, call 911 to get an ambulance.
  • Minor Illness & Injuries: If medical treatment is not urgent but you are not sure treatment can wait until Health Services is open, call Health Services at (603) 862-WELL (9355) and press 2. You will be automatically connected with a medical call center, where staff will conduct a phone assessment, and make suggestions for additional care options, including a visit to an urgent care center or hospital, if appropriate.

Nearest Hospitals

Wentworth Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820, (603) 742-5252

Portsmouth Hospital, 333 Borthwick Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801, (603) 436-5110


Campus Security: 2-1427 (from Campus phone) or (603) 862-1427 (from a non-campus phone)
Emergency Contact: Dial *911 from campus phone or 911 for non-campus phone