The University of New Mexico campus and Nob Hill are usually grouped together because they’re so close to each other — and just about everything great that Albuquerque has to offer! UNM is a couple of miles east of I-25, while Nob Hill sits just to the east of campus.
So, what can you expect if you’re planning on renting an apartment near UNM or in Nob Hill?
– A ton of history
People who live in Albuquerque tend to be very proud of the area’s history, but that pride is a little bit different once you arrive in Nob Hill. Even though the neighborhood only spans one mile along Central Avenue (Route 66), the entire area has a retro vibe. That’s right — instead of paying homage to the settlers who lived here hundreds of years ago, Nob Hill honors the strides the Duke City made in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
On either end of Nob Hill, you’ll see big neon arches. In fact, neon plays a vital role in all of the architecture here! Many of the original neon store signs are still up, and even the new businesses have taken a page out of the neon retro design playbook. The area is so unique that it consistently lands on “Must Visit” lists for people who want to cruise along Route 66.
– Lots of shopping and eating
Nob Hill first made it onto the map because of The Nob Hill Shopping District. Designed by famous architect Louis Hesselden, the entire property is on the National Register of Historic Places. Back in the late 1940’s, this was the most modern shopping center in all of New Mexico! Today, The Nob Hill Shopping District continues to lead the way with trendy shops, upscale restaurants, art galleries, and antiques. It’s still considered an icon along Route 66.
– Lots of students
With nearly 26,000 students studying at UNM, there’s definitely not enough room on campus to house them all! That means the closer you live to campus, the more students you’ll have as neighbors. If you’d rather live amongst older students and professors, look for an apartment on the northeast side of campus (called “North Campus” by the locals). Since this area is where the health sciences and law facilities are located, you’ll likely live amongst graduate students, instead of undergrads. Many professors like to live here, since it’s close to campus but further away from the hustle and bustle that exists just to the east of campus.