Student Life & Community



Check the Dartmouth Events page, the Graduate Student Council's Event Page, and the Guarini Calendar for new events around campus, every day!

Intramural Sports at Dartmouth:

The Intramural Sports program provides Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive recreational sports using league play and tournament formats. Please check the website at the beginning of each term for registration and league information. Registration for most activities occurs during the first week of each term.

Recreation Organizations:

Dartmouth Athletics: All Dartmouth sporting events are free for students with a DartCard. Schedules for each sport are listed here.

James W. Campion III Ice Skating Rink: A mile down route 10 from campus, it offers year-round ice skating.

Upper Valley Aquatic Center: A state-of-the-art swimming facility in White River Junction, VT.

Dartmouth Outing Club: One of the oldest college outdoor clubs in the nation, it is also the umbrella organization for many other smaller clubs on campus including Bait and Bullet, Boots and Saddles, Cabin and Trail, etc. Rent backpacks and tents in the sum­mer and ice skates or cross country skis in the winter. Dartmouth owns several cabins tucked away in the woods throughout NH. Contact the DOC to learn how to reserve one. The DOC is located in Robinson Hall on campus.

Ledyard Canoe Club: This group rents kayaks and canoes to students and the public from their clubhouse on the Connecticut River.

Dartmouth Organic Farm: An educational and working facility located 3 miles north of the College.

The Appalachian Trail: The AT goes directly through the heart of downtown Hanover.

Housing Communities

Upon matriculation into the program, every graduate student is placed in a Housing Community on campus. You should receive an email in the weeks leading up to your matriculation; if you did not receive an invitation email for a Housing Community, please email Nicole (Nikki) Turner at or Amanda Watson at

As a House member, you'll be eligible to participate in all House programs and activities, regardless of whether you live on campus or off-campus.

The Housing system at Dartmouth is intended to promote engagement and involvement throughout the larger campus community, and provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in campus life (think Gryfindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin!)

There are six houses in total: Allen House, East Wheelock, North Park, School House, South House, and West House. 

Houses host regular events every week, with nightly activities such as crafting sessions, community cookouts, or wine and cheese events, to off-campus excursions such ski trips, trips to Boston, or even NYC! Once you are placed in a Housing Community on campus, be sure to subscribe to each House's email alert, and follow their Instagram page for frequent updates/events! 

For more information about Dartmouth's Housing System, visit the Residential Life: Communities page. (

Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is an active organization on campus composed of representatives from each department within The Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and The Dartmouth Institute. The GSC is responsible for communicating GSC events and efforts to their constituents, and relaying graduate student needs and concerns to the GSC General Body.

The GSC hosts many events every week, which can be found on their Events Calendar here. (

There are also several Clubs and Organizations affiliated with the GSC, ranging from interests in academia, business, culture, religion, sports, community service, and diversity. 

Popular Organizations include: 

  • Dartmouth Writers Society
  • Dartmouth Beekeeping Association
  • Graduate Homebrewers Guild
  • DartMoose Hockey 
  • Graduate Soccer Club
  • Dartmouth Cricket Club
  • Graduate Ultimate Frisbee Group
  • Green Lambda (LGBTQIA+)
  • Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)

       and MORE!

For a detailed list of GSC-affiliated clubs and organizations, visit the GSC Active Organizations page (

*If there is an organization that does not yet exist and you wish to propose, you may apply through the GSC. Information regarding that process and eligibility can be found here:  

MALS Representative for the GSC

In addition to enjoying the events and organizations of the GSC, MALS Students who are interested in getting involved in the graduate community are encouraged to run as a Representative for the program in the GSC General Body. 

In this position, MALS Representatives work with fellow GSC members on a variety of initiatives, such as: advocating for affordable graduate housing options across the Upper Valley, facilitating improved healthcare and financial benefits for graduate students, recognizing and addressing institutional equity/systemic racism on campus, providing mental health support and services, and more.

Current MALS Representatives are: Jasmine Shirey, Rebecca Shepard, and Anmol Ghandi. If you have any questions or ideas that you would like presented to the GSC, you may contact them directly via email.