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.

Theme Houses are featured in some of the residence halls and houses. 

All of the residences contain mixed-gender assignments. Some individual floors within some halls/houses may be designated for a specific gender. 

New students (first-years and arriving transfer students) are assigned housing based on the preferences they indicate in the New Student Housing Questionnaire. Returning students select housing for the upcoming year via Room Draw, held in April.

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Early Arrivals

August 2017

For the fall 2017 semester, residences open for sophomores, juniors, and seniors on Saturday, September 2, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am. Only students whose presence is essential to the New Student Orientation Program, or those with exceptional circumstances or unanticipated personal/family emergencies, may be allowed access to their housing 24 hours prior to September 2nd.

If you believe you qualify for consideration for permission to arrive earlier than September 2nd, please explain your exceptional circumstances by email (  Requests must be received by August 1st.  After this time, requests received cannot be guaranteed, and students should anticipate making alternate arrangements. 

The first-year quad is available to First-Year Students on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  Likewise, we allow a 24-hour early move in for travel purposes.  If you believe you qualify for consideration for permission to arrive earlier than September 2nd, please explain your exceptional circumstances by email (

January 2018

Students who were away in the fall: Rooms for students who have been away for the fall semester can be accessed after the mid-point of Interterm. Please refer to the Calendar of Important Dates and Deadlines for specific dates. Students are asked to make alternate, off-campus arrangements until their room is ready for occupancy. Therefore, requests for early returns mid-year cannot be accommodated.

Students who are going away for the spring: Students who are on campus for the fall semester, and going away spring semester, should vacate their rooms at the end of the fall semester.  If there are compelling extenuating circumstances for moving out later, please contact the Office of Residential Life at   Please refer to the Calendar of Important Dates and Deadlines for specific dates. 

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Housing Extensions

Please see this page for information on housing extensions.

Off-Campus Housing

  • First-year students are not permitted to live off-campus.
  • Married students and students with children live off-campus, though spouses and children are encouraged to participate fully in campus life.
  • All students requesting permission for off-campus housing must submit the Off-Campus Housing application no later than December 13th for the following spring semester, and March 15th for the next academic year.
  • Students who are approved for off-campus status in March do not participate in the spring Room Draw housing process.
  • The College limits the number of students who are permitted to live off campus each semester.
  • Failure to meet deadlines may result in the denial of off-campus permission.
  • NOTE: having signed a lease before being granted off-campus permission does not constitute automatic eligibility.
  • Students who live off-campus have the option of retaining the full meal plan, a lunch & dinner-only meal plan, or using the AC Dollar$.
  • In granting approval for students to live off-campus, the Office of Student Affairs will give first priority to students with compelling personal or financial reasons for moving off-campus, and then generally to rising seniors, then to rising juniors.

To apply for off-campus housing, complete the online application by logging-in to the Housing Portal.

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Rest and Relaxation Rooms ("R&R Rooms")

Quiet bedrooms with desks are available for a limited duration of time for students recovering from an illness, injury, or who need a brief time away from the circumstances of their current living environment. Contact the Office of  Residential Life for more information or if after-hours contact the Amherst College Police Department's business line at 413-542-2291. The Amherst College Police Department will contact the Administrator-on-Call who will respond to the request.

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Room Change Process

Assuming space availability, students may request a room change after the first month of classes of the fall semester. We anticipate on-campus housing to be full to capacity for the fall and will likely not have any vacancies available to offer. Therefore,  the most likely chages are those involving mutually-agreeable rooms swaps between students.  Remember, no swaps will be authorized without proper prior approval from a professional staff person in Residential Life. 

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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 first (except in emergencies when you should contact Amherst College Police). In the event that your Resident Counselor is not able to remedy the situation, the Assistant Dorector who is assigned to your residence can be contacted. If these two people are unable to mediate the problem to a satisfactory result for all involved, contact the Office of Residential Life to schedule an appointment with the Director of Residential Life.

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Students on Leave

Students on leave from Amherst who intend to return for the following semester must engage the readmission process. Housing preferences and requests for housing accommodations will be addressed in this process.  Housing for students returning from leave is based on availability. Given the limited housing stock available to us mid-year, we cannot guarantee placement in a specific residence hall or room. Any student who plans to live off-campus when they return will need to submit a request for permission to move off campus via the Housing Portal. If a student is on Educational Leave and wants to participate in Room Draw in April, they must fill out the Housing Application and proxy form available on our website. The deadline for participating in this process is March 15th. 

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Summer Housing

Summer Housing is available for rent on a space-available basis for Amherst College students employed full or part-time (a minimum of 15 hours/week) by the College during the summer. Summer housing begins at 5:00 pm June 1, AFTER Reunion Weekend ends. Students seeking summer housing must fill out an online Student Summer Housing Application form which is available on the Residential Life website.

The deadline for submitting a summer housing application for summer 2018 is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Students employed by a department or other entity on campus are given priority for housing. Other students are assigned housing based on availability but there are no guarantees. Due to the high demand and limited availability of summer housing, students are encouraged to look for off-campus options as well. 

DEPARTMENTS REQUESTING STUDENTS TO LIVE ON CAMPUS, please use the individual input or the group input process here.

Except for students who will be away the fall semester, summer rental costs can be added to a student’s fall tuition bill. Most buildings selected for summer housing include LIMITED kitchen facilities. The weekly rent for summer 2016 will be made available in mid March.

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What 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.

Miscellaneous Information
  • College-provided bed size: 36"x80"x7" (x-long twin size) **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.**
  • 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)
Appliances allowed in rooms
  • clocks, radios
  • stereo systems (compact) w/earphones
  • electric blankets
  • irons
  • stereos
  • televisions
  • lamps (desk or floor—NO HALOGEN)
  • fans
  • grooming aids
  • humidifiers
  • hot air corn poppers
  • coffee makers with automatic shut-off
  • under 4.5 cubic feet refrigerators

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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) **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.**
  • toaster ovens
  • candles/incense
  • hot plates
  • toasters
  • waffle irons
  • woks
  • halogen lamps
  • air conditioners*
  • animals/pets*
  • electric space heaters

* (except those approved by Accessibility Services Office)

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

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