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.

Spring-Only Housing Selection 

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the Spring 2020 semester. All returning students are required to fill out a housing application and participate in the online housing selection process (HSP). Please go to the Spring 2020 Housing Selection Process Webform to submit your application.

Questions? Please Contact us:
Phone: (413) 542-2161

Academic Year Hours:

Mon-Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Summer Hours:

Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NOTE: Please fill out the housing application regardless if you are applying to live on or off-campus. The deadline to apply for housing is December 6, 2020 for on campus and for off-campus housing.  

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.  

For spring 2020, Housing Selection Placements will be selected via telephone at your designated time slot. If you are not available to call in, you may contact the Office of Residential Life by email or designate a proxy. Further instructions will be communicated once your time slot has been determined. *See important dates below:

Important Dates Related to Spring 2020 Housing Selection Process:

11/13 – Spring Only 2020 Webform Opens

11/15 – Students wishing to use approved housing accommodations must submit information to the Office of Accessibility Services.

12/1 – Last day for students to Submit Spring 2020 Study Away Intent Forms

12/2 – Theme House Applications close by 12:00 p.m. noon

12/5 – Spring Only 2020 Webform Closes

12/5 – Off Campus Applications Due

12/5 – Theme House Offers are Sent Out

12/6 – Last Chance to make Room Group changes - email with room group change requests.

12/6 – Theme House Acceptances are Due by 5:00 p.m.

12/9 – Time Slots Announced

12/9 – Students with Housing Accommodations are finalized

12/9 – Students Pulled into Room Vacancies are finalized

12/10 – Online Room Selection Process (from 12/10 through 12/12)

Theme Housing: if there is availability, inquiring students will be connected with the Faculty/Staff advisor or student leadership of the theme community. If there is no availability, students should then engage the housing selection process.

Please contact the Office of Residential Life with questions at

Room Change Process

Students may request a room change after the first two weeks of classes (the third Tuesday in September) of the fall semester. Please note: Next week, the Office of Residential Life will begin to receive room change requests on Wednesday, September 11th.

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 changes 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. 

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 Assistant Director 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

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.

Miscellaneous Information
  • 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)
Appliances allowed in rooms
  • Clocks, radios
  • Stereo systems (compact) with earphones
  • Electric blankets
  • Irons
  • Stereos
  • 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.**