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The UNM Campus

The University of New Mexico, in the heart of Albuquerque, offers a distinctive and welcoming campus environment, a green oasis in a Southwestern high-desert city. Beautiful landscaping has been a priority since the university was founded, and UNM preserves a rich history in its buildings and plantings. At the core of the campus is the duck pond, a peaceful haven for studying, relaxing or conversation.

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About the UNM Campus

Our Community

Experience a one-of-a-kind blend of peoples and the arts in the heart of New Mexico. Both UNM and its location are a unique, friendly fusion of cultures. UNM has students from over 47 different countries and features over 70 foreign exchange programs. Albuquerque enjoys an amicable mix of Native American, Spanish, farming, ranching and other influences. A rich and vibrant heritage lives on in the 19 First Nations of New Mexico: Laguna, Cochiti, Acoma, Taos, and others; at the Santa Fe Plaza and Old Town in Albuquerque; and in farming communities along the Rio Grande. Visit historic remains of past civilizations such as the Bandelier National Monument and cultural centers celebrating the area's history and customs. Albuquerque's Central Avenue is a living fragment of the legendary Route 66.

Arts and culture

Live performance venues include Popejoy Hall on main campus, which hosts everything from Broadway shows to concerts and modern dance. Venues like the Albuquerque Little Theater and the Outpost Performance Space contribute to the vibrant local scene. Museums on campus, downtown and near Old Town feature artwork from native traditions as well as cutting-edge modern installations and historic exhibits. The city is known for its many galleries and annual shows, exhibiting notable examples of contemporary and traditional arts and crafts. The New Mexico arts scene features many world-famous events such as the Indian Market in Santa Fe and distinguished destinations such as the internationally-known Santa Fe Opera and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Food and fun

Within walking distance of the campus are all sorts of great places to eat, fun things to do and interesting things to see. The Nob Hill neighborhood, adjacent to UNM, has some of the city's best dining and quirky, one-of-a-kind boutiques.  Downtown is a short bike, bus or car ride to its active nightlife with more restaurants and shopping. Old Town Plaza dates back to the early 1700's, and is a perfect destination to enjoy on foot, with museums, galleries, shops and restaurants. Albuquerque's BioPark is a great place to take visitors, with the Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Gardens open for extended summer hours. The scenic Sandia Peak Tram is the longest cable-car tram in the world, topping off with an overview of central New Mexico from an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Outdoor adventures

The altitude, amazing scenery and year-round moderate climate make the area an outdoor paradise. The Sandia Mountains are just on the edge of town, and New Mexico is full of stunning scenic areas to explore, from high alpine forests to out-of-this-world rock formations and ancient cliff dwellings. Albuquerque was named one of the best places in the country for cycling. UNM's Championship Golf Course is recognized as one of the best public courses in the United States. New Mexico offers plenty of activities for the outdoor explorer: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing and even scuba diving.

Want more?

Check out UNM Recreational Services for UNM student activities such as fitness and wellness classes, aquatics, intramural sports and more.

The City of Albuquerque offers a recreational activities web page to find out about recreational opportunities in softball, tennis, flag football, bicycling and more. Find out about the city biopark, including the zoo, botanic gardens and aquarium. Find out about the many varieties of events, activities, arts and culture available in Albuquerque by visiting Overview what the city of Albuquerque has to offer by visiting the city's website at