Residential Life

Housing At Amherst

Amherst College has 34 student resident halls. Seven of these buildings are for first-year students; the remainder, in various room configurations, are for upperclass students. Included in some of the buildings are Theme Houses. The occupancy of our buildings range from 10 to approximately 125.

All of the buildings are co-ed. Some of the floors are designated single gender. All residents are bound by the College's Housing Regulations.

New students are assigned housing based upon the preferences they indicate in the New Student Housing survey. Returning students select housing for the upcoming year via Room Draw, held in April. 

Housing Information

Commencement/Family Housing

Family housing for Commencement Weekend is organized by Public Affairs (413-542-2322)

Commencement/Reunion Student Worker Housing

Students working for the College during the two weeks of Commencement and Reunion, and whose name appears on a pre-approved list, are housed on campus. Rooms are assigned in mid May. Due to the short duration of time for Commencement and Reunion student workers, and since housing is very tight, requests for specific housing assignments and room mates cannot be accommodated. Extra mattresses are placed on the floor to accommodate everyone.  TOP

Early Arrivals


In the fall of 2015 residences open for sophomores, juniors, and seniors on September 3, 2015 beginning at 9 a.m. Only students whose presence is essential to the New Students Orientation Program, or those with grave, unanticipated personal emergencies, may be allowed access to their housing 24 hours prior to Spetember 2. If applicable, Please fill out the Early Arrival Request Form before July 15. After this time, requests received cannot be guaranteed, and students should make alternate arrangements.  Housing opens for First Year Students on September 1, 2015 at 9 a.m.  Likewise, we allow a 24 hour early move in for travel purposes.  To request to arrive early fir First Year students can also be found at this link.


Students who were away in the fall: Rooms for students who have been away for the fall semester can be accessed after the mid-point of Interterm. Please refer to the Calendar of Important Dates and Deadlines for specific dates. Students are asked to make alternate, off-campus arrangements until their room is ready for occupancy. Therefore, requests for early returns mid-year cannot be accommodated.

Students who are going away for the spring: Students who are on campus for the fall semester, and going away spring semester, should vacate their rooms at the end of the fall semester.  If there are compelling extenuating circumstances for moving out later, please contact the office of residential life.   Please refer to the Calendar of Important Dates and Deadlines for specific dates.  TOP

Housing Extensions

Please see this page for information on housing extensions.

Off Campus Housing

First-year students are not allowed to live off-campus. Since the College does not have housing facilities for them, all married students and students with children live off-campus. However, 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 November 1 for the following spring semester, and March 15 for the next academic year. Students approved for off-campus status in March do not participate in the spring room draw housing process. The College allows a maximum of 50 students to live off campus each semester. Failure to meet deadlines may result in the denial of off-campus status. NOTE: having signed a lease before being granted off-campus status 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 Residential Life Department will give priority to students with compelling personal or financial reasons for moving off-campus, and then to seniors and juniors, in that order.

To apply for off-campus housing, fill out out the online application here:  Off Campus Application


Rest and Relaxation Center (R & R Rooms)

For students recovering from an illness or injury, or who need a brief time away from the distractions of their current living enviornment, quiet bedrooms with desks are available in  for a limited duration of time. Contact the Residential Life Office, ext. 2161, for more information or if after hours contact Campus Police business line 413-542-2291.  Campus Police will contace the Administrator On Call who will approve the temporary move. TOP

Room Change Process

After the first month of classes for the fall semester, and assuming space availability, students may request a room change.  We anticipate on-campus housing to be full to capacity for the fall. At this time we do not anticipate having any vacancies available to offer. The only changes that can be accommodated are 1-1 room switches between two students.  TOP

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 first, then the Area Coordinator for the building. If these two people are unable to mediate the problem to a satisfactory result for all involved, then contact the Office of Residential Life to schedule an appointment with the Associate Director of Student Life. TOP

Students on leave

Students on leave from Amherst who intend to return for the following semester must fill out a Readmission Form as part of the readmission process.  Housing preferences are a part of this form.  Please be as specific as you can, and give as many housing ideas as possible, in order of preference. Housing for students returning from leave is based on availability. Given the limited housing stock available to us mid-year, we cannot guarantee placement in a specific residence hall or room. Any student who plans to live off-campus when they return will need to submit an Off-Campus Application. If a student is on Educational Leave and wants to participate in Room selection in April, they must fill out the Housing Application and proxy form available on our website.  Deadline for participating in this process is March 15th.  TOP

Summer Housing

Summer Housing is available for rent on a space-available basis for Amherst College students only, employed full or part time (a minimum of 15 hours/week) by the College during the summer. Summer housing begins at 5 p.m. mid week, AFTER Reunion weekend ends. Students seeking summer housing must fill out an online Student Summer Housing Application form which is available on the Residential Life website. The deadline for submitting a summer housing application FOR 2015 is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Students employed by a department or other entity on campus are given priority for housing. Other students are assigned housing based on availability but there are no guarantees. Due to the high demand and limited availability of summer housing, students are encouraged to look for off-campus options as well. Applications received after the deadline are housed on a space-available basis.

DEPARTMENTS REQUESTING STUDENTS TO LIVE ON CAMPUS, please use the individual input or the group input process here.

Except for students who will be away the fall semester, summer rental costs can be added to a student’s fall tuition bill. Most buildings selected for summer housing include LIMITED kitchen facilities.The weekly rent for summer 2014 will be made available in mid March. TOP

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, window shades. Please note that students are NOT allowed to nail or use screws for hanging items.

Miscellaneous Information
  • Bed size: 36"x80"x7" (x-long twin size)
  • 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
Appliances allowed in rooms
  • clocks, radios
  • stereo systems (compact) w/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


What Not to Bring (this is not a complete list)

  • microwave ovens
  • toaster ovens
  • candles/incense
  • hot plates
  • toasters
  • waffle iron
  • woks
  • halogen lamps
  • air conditioners
  • animals/pets

A more detailed listing can be found in the Student Handbook. TOP