Commencement Housing for Families

When will the families receive information about housing on campus during the Commencement Weekend? The information will be mailed in late October. We can take electronic reservations on or after Nov. 16th along with the credit card payment for the rooms.

Can I make reservations on-line and use my credit card? Yes, after Nov. 16.

What if I need special accommodations for members of my family? Please note your special needs on the housing box on the electronic form. We do our best to meet all requests, but housing is limited. 

What if I make a reservation and find that I need to cancel? Perhaps my son or daughter has also made the reservation, or my plans have changed. Will I get a refund?  To avoid duplicate room reservations, families of graduating seniors should consult the seniors before making reservations. Families should be near certain of their traveling parties. Refunds will be given only with at least a 24-hour notice of cancellation. 

Do I need to reserve a room for my graduating senior? No. Seniors will remain in their current rooms until graduation. They must vacate their dormitory rooms by 5 p.m. on Commencement Sunday.

How long can I room at Amherst? Accommodations can be requested for Friday and Saturday. All rooms must be vacated by 5 p.m. on Commencement Sunday.

How will I know that my room reservation has been accepted?  Reservations are acknowledged electronically. Specific room assignment information is available on arrival on campus.

Do I need to bring towels and sheets? All linens are provided by the college, including pillows and blankets. 

Where do I check in and get keys? Check-in will be at Commencement Headquarters in the Alumni House. The hours are Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do you always have sufficient rooms to meet the needs of the visiting families? We suggest that families apply electronically, and as soon as the traveling party is established. While there is a limited number of rooms available, we have been able to accommodate all requests in the past. Guests concerned that they may not receive on-campus lodging, as well as those requiring accommodations before Friday and after 5 p.m. Sunday, may wish to see our list of local lodging. We cannot accept reservations after May 1.