First Year Quad

Amherst College hosts 34 student residence halls and houses. Seven halls comprise our first-year quad. Twenty-seven halls and houses, existing in various room configurations, are dedicated to returning students. The occupancy of our buildings ranges from 10 to approximately 125.

Housing Selection 2020

All students are required to fill out a housing application and participate in the online housing selection process (HSP). For more information about the Housing Selection Process click here. 

NOTE: Please fill out the housing application regardless if you are applying to live on or off-campus. 

Students with approved housing accommodations, students approved for theme communities, and those being pulled into a vacancy within a suite or double will not be required to participate in the Housing Selection Process.

We will not accommodate single room "swap" requests.

Important Dates for the 2020 Housing Selection Process

Last updated 2/10/2020

February 2020 

February 3-29  Theme Community Open Houses

February 11  The Office of Residential Life begins accepting housing applications for Academic Year 2020-2021

February 24  Housing Selection Process Information Session #1, Friedmann Room, 7:00pm – This general session will cover all aspects of HSP, including Suite Selection

February 27 – Theme Community applications close.

March 2020

March 9 –  Housing Selection Process Information Session #2, Friedmann Room, 7:00pm – Session is geared toward Suite Selection. Other questions will be addressed at the end.

March 12 –  Lip Sync Participant registration due

Deadline for off-campus housing applications

Academic Year 2020-2021 Applications Close – All time groups must be confirmed by this date

Deadline to submit intent form for Suite Selection Process

March 13 –  Housing accommodations finalized with the Office of Accessibility Services

March 25 –  Suite Selection Process – Friedmann Room, 6:00pm

April 2020

April 1 –  HSP time slots will be made available by email

  Theme Community Acceptances Due

   Lip Sync, Johnson Chapel, 7:00pm

April 2 –  Housing Selection Process Information Session #3, Powerhouse, 7:00pm – This general session will cover all aspects of HSP

April 13-16 –  Housing Selection Process Day 1 – Res Life staff available in Keefe 011 for assistance

April 27 –  Deadline for students with approved accommodations who selected a room that did not meet their accommodation to reach out to request a new room from the reserve list

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Residential Life at 

Room Change Process

Students may request a room change after the first two weeks of classes (the second Tuesday in February) in each semester. Please note: The Office of Residential Life will begin to receive room change requests on Tuesday, February 11th.

Due to increased numbers of students residing on campus, we anticipate that room changes will remain challenging in the spring semester.  Remember, no swaps will be authorized without proper prior approval from a professional staff person in Residential Life. 

Roommate, Room and/or Residence Hall Problems

If you are experiencing any type of problems with a roommate, your room, or the floor/residence hall, you should contact your Resident Counselor (RC) first (except in emergencies when you should contact Amherst College Police). In the event that your RC is not able to remedy the situation, the Community Development Coordination who is assigned to your residence may be contacted. If these two people are unable to mediate the problem, contact the Office of Residential Life to schedule an appointment with the Director of Residential Life.

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

Listed below is information which should be helpful to you in determining what the college allows you to put in your room. Rooms are equipped with a bed, mattress, desk, chair, bureau, wall mirror, wardrobe/closet, small bookcase or shelf, ceiling light, trash/recycle bin, computer port outlet and window shades. Please note that students are NOT allowed to use nails or screws for hanging items.

A more detailed listing can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

What to Bring (this is not a complete list)

  • College-provided bed size: 36"x80"x7" (twin x-long size) **
  • Scatter rugs: 6’ x 9’ or less
  • Clearance under bed: 6"
  • Foot locker/storage crates
  • Extension cords may be needed (heavy duty)
  • Umbrella
  • Clothes hangers
  • Surge protectors/power strips
  • Fish tanks — commercial manufacture only (ten gallons or less only)
  • Clocks, radios
  • Stereo systems (compact) with earphones
  • Electric blankets
  • Irons
  • Televisions
  • Lamps (desk or floor—NO HALOGEN BULBS)
  • Fans
  • Grooming aids
  • Humidifiers
  • Hot air corn poppers
  • Coffee makers with automatic shut-off
  • Under 4.5 cubic feet refrigerators

What Not to Bring (this is not a complete list)

  • Microwave ovens
  • Personal bed or mattress (except those that have received permission by the College's Accessibility Services Office) **
  • Toaster ovens
  • Candles/incense
  • Hot plates
  • Toasters
  • Waffle irons
  • Woks
  • Halogen lamps
  • Cinderblock bed risers. Only purchased bedrisers are permitted. No higher than 6 inches. Stacking risers is not permitted.
  • Air conditioners*
  • Animals/pets*
  • Electric space heaters

* Except those approved by Accessibility Services Office

**Beginning with the Class of 2021, the College will not store nor facilitate the removal of any College furniture from student bedrooms unless the aformentioned permission is granted.**