students in a dorm room

Amherst is truly a place where learning includes living. We guarantee housing for all students for all four years. Almost all of our students live on campus. And all first-year students live in dormitories on our first-year quad, right in the heart of campus. Our students eat great meals with great friends in Valentine Dining Hall, which offers delicious dietary options, with food sourced from local farms, including our very own Book & Plow Farm.

Office of Residential Life

Our staff includes deans, area coordinators and 62 student resident counselors, all of whom are dedicated to creating a rewarding and valuable residential experience. Learn more about Residential Life.

Residence Halls

Amherst has 34 residence halls. Seven of these buildings are for first-year students. Sophomores, juniors and seniors choose where they live, and housing for them is available in various configurations. Find detailed information about Housing at Amherst.

Theme Houses

Some sophomores, juniors and seniors choose to live in theme houses, which allow students who share an interest to be together on the same floor or residence hall.

Dining at Amherst

Our dining locations are bright, cheerful spaces where you can settle in for real conversations. Our food is real too. We use fresh, local ingredients, much of which we grow on our own farm and in our hydroponic greenhouse. Learn more about dining at Amherst.