As the largest city in northern New England, Manchester, New Hampshire is the epicenter of the region's cultural and economic life. Students of Manchester colleges and universities enjoy the city's concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, and nightlife. Manchester's location an hour north of Boston enhances students' access to metropolitan amenities. Meanwhile, recreational opportunities are plentiful in the nearby White Mountains and the New Hampshire seacoast.
The most prominent of Manchester's colleges and universities is the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, a public commuter college within the state's University of New Hampshire system. Manchester also hosts several specialized colleges and universities. The North Eastern Institute of Whole Health and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offer broad health care training. The New Hampshire Institute of Art supports the region's art and design education.