Residential Life

Humphries Application

Humphries Application is a Lottery:

Humphries is an alternative style of living for those willing to be committed to co-operative and community living.  It is not simply an alternative to Valentine and requires dedication.  Humphries Co-Op Application process is a lottery, not an actual application. Beginning in February students are notified by an all campus Theme House mailing to sign up for the lottery. All interested students should sign up at this time, as well as students expecting to be away fall semester. A copy of the house constitution can be found here:  https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/zu/constitution, and it is necessary that it be read carefully before signing up.  For further information or an invitation to dinner, please contact the Humphries RC.

1. Residents must be willing to participate fully and regularly in all cooperative cooking and clean-up arrangements as determined by members of the house.

2. Residents must be willing to subscribe to all financial arrangements voted by the majority of the house for the purchase of food, and kitchen equipment.

3. Residents must expect to make a significant time commitment to house activities, maintenance, and programming.

4. Residents will not be told their room assignments prior to acceptance of space in the house, or Room Draw in the understanding that the desire to have a space in Humphries would not depend on the quality of the room.

The Humphries lottery works as follows:

Before the fall semester:  Names are collected and randomly shuffled prior to Room Draw for the following school year.  Names are drawn and the candidate is emailed by the Humphries representative, with an offer for a spot in the house.  No room assignments are given at that time.  Once the number of spots are filled, rooms are assigned AFTER room draw according to the process detailed in the house constitution. 

After the fall semester room draw:  Students who were not offered a room in the house for the fall semester remain on the list in the order of the initial draw.  Should a vacancy occur, the first student on the waitlist will be offered a room, then the second, and so on.  Any student who wishes to be placed on the list will be put on the bottom of the list on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You must reapply to the Humphries lottery every year.  Being on the waitlist this year does not guarantee you a spot for the following year.

If you would like to be placed on the list for the Humphries lottery, please fill out the following form.

Have you previously been a resident of Humphries?