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.

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Early Arrivals

August 2019

For the fall 2019 semester, residences open for sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, August 31, 2019 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 August31st.

If you believe you qualify for consideration for permission to arrive earlier than August 31st, 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 27, 2019. 


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. 

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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 (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.

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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) 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

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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
  • 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)

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

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