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.

Here are next steps with regard to your 2018-2019 academic year room assignment:

On June 25th, you will receive an email with an active link to access the housing portal (which is now closed). This portal will offer you access to the Housing Questionnaire, the tool we use when assigning new students. There will be a short list of questions (preferences), which will assist us with assigning students. We use criteria such as sleep and study schedules etc. in order to maximize good communication.

Please fill each question/section of the Questionnaire out as honestly as possible. Be forthcoming about how and where you like to study, how tidy you will realistically keep your room and how often you want guests for example. Answers to these daily living practices will inform more successful roommate assignments. 

The Housing Questionnaire will only be available from June 25th through midnight on July 10th. Therefore, please plan accordingly. After midnight on July 10th, we will no longer accept entries/edits to your preferences. Students who do not fill out the Questionnaire will still be assigned, though your participation may lead to better results. Roommate assignments in these cases will be at random. Please keep in mind the success of your roommate assignment will require compromise, openness and effective communication.

Additional information

When will I receive my 2018-2019 academic year room assignment?

Room assignments will go out on or by Thursday, July 26th. 

May I request a roommate?

Yes, roommate requests are not guaranteed, however, we do our best to honor them. The one requirement is, we will only pair together students who have requested one another. This ensures the request to live with one another is mutual. Please email The Office of Residential Life at  with the name of the student you would like to room with. *NOTE: If you indicate specialty housing on your Questionnaire (example: an all women's community) your roommate choice would need to do the same in order for us to honor the request. 

What if I don't like my assignment or change my mind about something I designated?

We will be at capacity for Fall 2018. This means, we do not anticipate having any vacancies. We need you to be thoughtful on your Questionnaire, come open-minded and ready to stretch and benefit greatly from the residential experience ahead. 

Last, on or after June 25th, when the portal opens, we will begin to experience high call and email volume. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. We are looking forward to meeting all of you very soon, please frequent your Amherst College email and be sure to log into the portal between June 25th and July 10th. 

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Early Arrivals

August 2018

For the fall 2018 semester, residences open for sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, September 1, 2018 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 1st.

If you believe you qualify for consideration for permission to arrive earlier than September 1st, 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 28, 2018. Likewise, we allow a 24-hour early move in for travel purposes.  If you believe you have exceptional circumstances please make your request by email at (

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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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 12th.

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)
  • 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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