In other words, traffic is going to be a mess in Durham this weekend.

a young man holding a brown moving box walking outside
Cameron Carlson

Close to 3,000 freshman students are making their way into Durham this weekend, so you can expect some delays if you are doing business in Durham over the next couple of days.

The high congestion hours will be Friday from 6am until about 3pm. Saturday and Sunday is when the older students arrive with classes set to begin on Monday.

According to an article in

Many UNH parking lots will be closed for periods during the weekend to allow for staging ahead of move-in activities, according to Christopher Clement, vice president for finance and administration. He warned cars left in these lots could be towed.

“Please anticipate and be prepared for last-minute changes and additional directions from the UNH Police who will be supervising parking and traffic during move-in,” he wrote in a message to the UNH community posted online.

Growing up in Durham, you learned to stay away from the downtown area while the students moved in. It's not quite the mad house scene that Boston is this time of the year, but for a small town like Durham, the influx of students and their U-hauls can slow things down quite a bit.

Of course, within a couple of weeks, we can look forward to the homesick freshmen, who aren't quite ready to leave the nest, moving out.

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