Registration for Commencement 2020 Housing will open on December 9, 2019.
On-campus housing registration is open until May 1, 2020 or until all rooms are reserved, whichever comes first. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is required at the time of registration.
Amherst offers residence hall housing at a nominal fee to families of graduating seniors from 1 p.m. Friday of Commencement weekend until 5 p.m. Sunday. The fees are $50 per person, per day with children 12 and under at no charge. Payment is required at registration. Families and graduating students will receive on-campus housing information in the summer and in the fall with electronic registration to open on December 9, 2019. We encourage families to register electronically at the above link. Registrations must be accompanied by credit card payment at the time of registration. Refunds can be made up to and including Friday, May 1. We are unable to refund payments after May 1. If there are questions, please call Paula Mieczkowski at (413) 542-8269.
Please note that reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for special accommodations, including accessibility can be indicated when submitting the online housing registration form. Amherst College is committed to accommodating as many requests as possible within the restrictions of the available rooms inventory. Please note that private restrooms are not available, but some residence halls offer single occupancy and gender inclusive restrooms. The residence halls are not air-conditioned. Room keys can be picked up at Commencement Headquarters, and towels, bed linen and pillows are provided. The deadline for on-campus housing registration is May 1, 2020 or when all rooms are reserved, whichever occurs first.
We are able to offer family housing because we have rooms that are vacated by the students from the first, second and third-year classes. Unless employed by the College, all underclass students depart the campus prior to 2 p.m. on May 16. Underclass students are not able to reserve family housing.
Please note, too, that all campus housing (including student housing) must be vacated by 5 p.m. Sunday, so that Facilities can prepare the rooms for Reunion Weekend. Families who need housing before Friday night, as well as families (and students) who need housing beyond 5 p.m. Sunday, are urged to make arrangements with friends off campus or with local hotels as soon as possible, as local lodging fills quickly. There are no extensions for graduating seniors. Seniors staying to work during Reunion week will need to move to designated housing on May 24.
Off-campus lodging can be procured at hotels in Hadley, Northampton, Chicopee, South Deerfield and Holyoke, as well as other locations in Western Massachusetts using the link above.