New Student Housing Information

Here are next steps with regard to your 2019-2020 academic year room assignment:

Early in June, 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 for a limited time. Therefore, please plan accordingly. After the questionnaire closes, 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 2019-2020 academic year room assignment?

Room assignments will go out on or by August 1, 2019

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 2019. 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, 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 when the questionnaire is available.