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Getting Started at UNM

1. Health Insurance
2. Housing
3. Lobo Card
4. Name & Address Change
5. Parking & Transportation
6. Student Confidentiality

Health Insurance

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) provides health and counseling services to all UNM students. Students are not required to have health insurance to be seen at SHAC. However, SHAC strongly recommends that all students have health insurance to help defray the costs of health care.

SHAC provides health insurance to students enrolled for six or more hours per semester. For more information on health insurance and services provided by SHAC visit Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).


On Campus Student Housing: Click here for information about campus housing rates, family housing and eligibility.

Off Campus Housing Resources:
Please note: The University of New Mexico does not screen nor make any determinations about the properties listed in this publication. The University is not liable for damages or responsible for resolving disputes between tenants and landlords resulting from advertisements placed in these listings.

Lobo Card

The Lobo Card allows you to
  • Check out materials from the libraries
  • Receive discounts at the UNM Bookstore (on specified items only)
  • Attend athletic events
  • Use the Student Health Center
  • Take advantage of recreational services (Johnson Center)
  • Access campus meal plans
  • Use as a debit card at specified restaurants both on and off campus
  • Access user-activated options for the card, including use as a bank debit card, ATM card, and telephone calling card
  • And beyond
Visit the Lobo Card Office Website for more information, and for instructions on how to obtain your card.

Name & Address Change

Students are responsible for notifying the University of any changes in name or address. Addresses can be changed using Demographic Self-Service (DSS).

To change your address:

  1. Log on to with your NetID and password.
  2. Click on the “Demographic Information” link. This will take you to a new page in which you can view and update your current address information.
  3. You can also follow other links on this page to change your directory information or your email display name.

Parking & Transportation

Parking on UNM campus are limited, but if choose to drive to campus you’ll need a parking permit. A variety of alternative transportation choices are available, including a free city bus pass for UNM students.

UNM Transportation Resources

UNM Students Ride Albuquerque Busses Free

Parking Permits

Shuttle services

Student Confidentiality

The University of New Mexico complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Copies of and information about the Rights and Privacy Act are available in the Records and Registration Office, Student Services Center, Room 250.

Directory information may be released to the public unless the student has requested that the information be withheld. Directory information includes: the student’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone listing, date of birth, major field of study, full or part-time status, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institutions attended by the student, participation in official recognized activities and sports, and the weight and height of members of athletic teams.

Students who wish to have “directory information” withheld must show a photo ID and submit a written request for such status to the Records and Registration Office in the Student Services Center, Room 250 by the end of late registration for any semester.


Each student must create a UNM NetID. Your NetID and password provides access to various online services. You need a NetID to:

  • Use your UNM email account
  • Register for classes
  • Buy a parking permit
  • Take online classes via WebCT
  • Check your financial aid
  • Additional computer and network services.

Click here to create your NetID.

When you create a NetID, a UNM email account is automatically created for you in this format: <your netid>

For more information on the NetID, visit the UNM NetID Maintenance Page.

Note: International Students are required to attend a mandatory orientation with the GEO (Global Education Office) before they can create a UNM NetID.