Welcome New Students

Welcome to Amherst College!

From all of us on the Residential Engagement & Wellbeing Team and the Housing & Operations Team, welcome to Amherst College!

The residential experience plays a significant role in the overall living and learning experience at Amherst. We aim to cultivate a sense of community within the residence halls, motivate conversations and awareness about health & wellbeing, inclusion, personal responsibility, and social engagement. In partnership with a robust academic experience, these collaborations create a flourishing environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Room Assignment Information

Assignments coming by July 28, 2023! 

You will receive an email with an active link to access the housing portal (which while open mid June). 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 close 6/30/23, 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 would 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.