The Office of Residential Life is currently generating more detailed information about the plan for housing assignments for the Fall 2020 semester. Check back next week (week of July 6th) for updates. Until then, please refer to the Fall 2020 Plan FAQs for general information.
Welcome to Amherst College! The Residential Life experience plays a significant role in the overall college (living and learning) experience. 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. In partnership with a robust academic experience, these collaborations should create an environment where you will thrive.
Room Assignment Information
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, which is a tool we use when assigning new students. There will be a short list of questions (we call "Lifestyle Preferences"), which will assist us with assigning new students together. We use criteria such as sleep and study schedules in order to start the new roommate relationship with the greatest opportunity for success.
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, so please plan accordingly. After the questionnaire closes, we will no longer accept entries/edits to your preferences. Students who do not complete 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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How will you match me with roommate(s)?
The times of day students wake up and call bedtime, how often they want to have guests in the room, whether they study in their room, quiet time, outdoor smoking practices, etc. Lifestyle preferences are believed to be the most important information to collect in order to effectively and randomly place students together and to avoid conflict. The opportunity to choose specialty housing (ex. An all-women’s or all-men’s community or living on a floor with a gender-inclusive restroom) is also available on the Housing Questionnaire.
May I request a roommate?
No, roommate requests will not be considered. All roommate matches will be made based on the Housing Questionnaire as processed by the algorithms used by our electronic records management system.
The first year on campus experience is one of the most exciting in our program. We believe in the “living and learning” of students. Students benefit from navigating the challenge of living with someone they don’t know and expanding their perspective by engaging with differences and learning valuable social/life skills such as compromise, self-advocacy, active listening, and effective communication. These skills foster the efficacy of students' classroom experience and experience at Amherst College as a whole.
When will I receive my 2020-2021 academic year room assignment?
Room assignments are released by email during or by the first week of August 2020.
What if I don't like my assignment or change my mind about something I designated?
We will be at capacity for Fall 2020. This means we do not anticipate having any vacancies. We need you to be thoughtful while completing your Questionnaire, and to arrive to campus with an open-mind and ready to stretch and benefit 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. Please think carefully about your decisions before completing the Questionnaire. 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.