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December Move-out, December Closure, January Recess, and Spring Move-in

Dear Student,

With only nine days of classes remaining, it is time to begin preparing for the upcoming housing transitions. Please read the following information carefully and in its entirety, as you are responsible for the contents.

Key Dates

  • Last day of classes: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
  • Fall Move-out: by noon on Friday, December 22, 2023 
  • College Closed: beginning at 4 pm on Friday, December 22, 2023, through 9 am on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 
  • Spring Arrival Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, January 27 & 28, 2024

All Forms: Housing Portal

December Move-Out

All students must depart campus following finals by noon on Friday, December 22, 2023, unless explicitly approved to remain on campus. To submit a request for review to depart late, please complete the form in the Housing Portal by 9 am on December 11, 2023.

December Closure

The College is closed from 4 pm on Friday, December 22, 2023, until 9 am on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. All services will be limited during this time, including Dining, Custodial, and Student Affairs staffing. Campus residency during this time is limited to:

  • Students who cannot return home due to international travel restrictions 
  • Students whose home of record is Amherst College
  • Required in-season student-athletes

Eligibility is dependent on both fall and spring residency. Please complete the form in the Housing Portal before the end of classes on December 13, 2023.

January Recess

January Recess begins at 9 am on Tuesday, January 2, 2023, and concludes at the start of classes. During this time, residency is limited to the following groups:

  • International students
  • Students whose home of record is Amherst College
  • Students engaged in faculty-approved academic work 
  • In-season winter student-athletes 
  • Students employed on campus
  • Participants in Loeb Center programs (including Trek and Sophomore Summit) 
  • ACEMS trainees

Eligibility depends on enrollment for the spring semester and confirmation of on-campus engagement by a faculty or staff member involved. Please complete the form in the Housing Portal by 9 am on December 11, 2023.

Spring Move-In

Students are welcome to return to campus on or after Saturday, January 27, 2024. Classes begin on Monday, January 29, 2024. In early January, we will ask you to share your arrival plans should you need to arrive after the start of classes. If you are enrolled in courses at Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, or Smith Colleges, we will contact you to develop an Early Arrival plan. Early arrival requests should be submitted in the Housing Portal by 9 am on Monday, January 15, 2024.

What’s Next?
  • 12/5/23 1:00 - 4:00 pm EST: Spring-only Housing Selection Process
  • 12/23/23 - 1/1/24: College Closed
  • 1/26/24: Move-in for students returning from leave 
  • 1/27/24 - 1/28/24: Regular move-in for spring students
  • 1/29/24: Spring Classes Begin
  • 5/16/24: Move-out by noon for non-graduating students (Corrected date: 5/18/24)
  • 5/26/24: Move-out by 5 pm for graduating students

Sincerely, 
Housing & Operations Team

OSAOPS@amherst.edu
Physical: 38 Woodside Ave. Amherst, MA 01002 
Mailing: Campus Box 2206 16 Barrett Hill Dr. Amherst, MA 01002

Commonly Searched-for Forms and Requests 
We are: Jonathan Riseling, Jess McIntosh, Eleanor Ritzman, and Marie Lalor 

Contact us for support and resources related to your residence hall building, arrival to and departure from housing, your room key, card access, and other logistical questions about living on campus.