University of New Mexico (UNM) at Albuquerque

University of New Mexico Overview

Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas.

Offering a distinctive campus environment with a Pueblo Revival architectural theme, the campus buildings echo nearby Pueblo Indian villages. The nationally recognized campus arboretum and the popular duck pond offer an outstanding botanical experience in the midst of one of New Mexico's great public open spaces.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of New Mexico  (UNM) at Albuquerque.

Key Information


Students spend $350 to $650 a month for rent. You will find all kinds of restaurants just across from UNM where you can find rather cheap meals but there is a good amount of food corners on campus as well. However, money for food can be saved by smart grocery shopping and home cooked food.  Depending on your eating habits you should calculate with at least $300 a month for food. You will also have to calculate money for trips and events.


On campus- UNM offers a variety of accommodation options for students who wish to live on campus. You will find more information about each of the residence halls on the UNM Housing website. Prices for on-campus accommodation range from $489/month for a double-occupancy room to $629/month for a single studio apartment with bathroom en-suite. You may stay in on-campus accommodation for either the full academic year or for one semester. Students who are coming to UNM for only one semester are especially encouraged to consider living on campus, as short-term housing can be more difficult to find off campus.

A note for one-semester students:

- If you are coming for only spring semester, limited one-semester housing contracts are available.
- If you are coming for only fall semester, you must sign a housing contract for the full academic year. It is then your responsibility to cancel your contract at the appropriate time. To do this, you must submit a Contract Release Form no later than November 30th to the SRC Commons 24-hour Customer Service Desk. Your Resident Assistant, the Housing Office, and the Global Education Office can help you with this process, but we cannot release you from your contract if you neglect to do this. If you do not turn in this form, you will be responsible for paying the additional rent.
- Casas del Rio and Lobo Village are operated by a private company that is not affiliated with UNM Housing, and you will be responsible for taking care of your semester lease with them before you sign the contract.

Off campus - There is a moderate amount of inexpensive off-campus housing near the university. Students often find an apartment or a rental house to share with other students. The quality of off-campus housing varies and it is important to see an apartment or house in-person before committing to it.

Off-campus housing listings:

- UNM Off-Campus Housing Office
- World Student Alliance Facebook Page
- Daily Lobo Classifieds

We recommend that you wait until you arrive in Albuquerque before signing any off-campus housing contracts so that you can inspect the properties and see what options are available to you. There is great demand for apartments near campus before each semester. If you will be looking for off-campus housing, especially in the fall semester, we recommend that you arrive at least a few weeks before the semester begins so you will have more options.


Semester 1 Semester 2
 31st Aug 2015 - 17th Dec 2015  18th January 2016 - 14th May 2016

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.