Photos of three residence halls on the campus of Amherst College

What You Need to Know

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.

Calendar and Important Dates

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Summer 2022

Visit the OSA Operations page for more information on 2022 Summer Break housing requirements.

Mark the Dates
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Housing Selection Process

The Housing Selection Process and all housing logistics have moved from Residential Life to the newly formed Student Affairs Operations Team (OSA Ops). Please contact OSA Ops directly with any questions related to housing selection and placement.

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Community Living Concerns

Our residential programs are supported by student Community Advisors (CAs) and professional Residence Life staff. Our dedicated staff are available to support students to resolve challenges they may expereince while living in community.

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Room Change Requests

The Residential Life and OSA Operations teams work together on room change requests. Your first step is to contact your CA about a room change. If Residential Life approves a change, then OSA Ops team determines where and when a move is possible. 

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First-Year Student Information

We hope to cultivate a sense of community within the residence halls, motivate more conversations and awareness around health/well-being, inclusion, personal responsibility, and social engagement.

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Recommended Packing List

As you prepare to join us on campus, please consider the following items for your packing list. We recommend no more than two suitcases.

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Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are available in the residence halls. AC Web Laundry provides web access to real-time laundry machine status information for campus washers and dryers.