Special Housing Options

Helpful Links:
Map of Residence Areas

For more information about these housing options, please call the Student Services Office at (413) 545-2100.

Alcohol-Free Residence Hall
Central Area: Brooks Hall

Brooks Hall is an alcohol-free residence hall. Students and their guests may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages in this residence hall. The commitment of all residents to maintain an alcohol-free environment forms the basis of a respectful and encouraging community.

24-Hour Quiet Floors
Central and Southwest Areas

Residents of quiet floors live in an environment that has the maximum number of study hours. All noise (television, music, talking) must be maintained at a level agreed upon by quiet floor residents. Consideration for others is essential on quiet floors and forms the basis for a cohesive community.

Break Housing Residence Halls
Central Area: Brett Hall, Gorman Hall (first-year only)
Northeast Area: Johnson Hall
Southwest Area: Prince Hall
North Apartments: All North Halls
Sylvan Area: Cashin

Break Housing halls are the only halls that remain open during Thanksgiving, Winter Session and Spring Breaks. Please note the additional cost to reside in these halls.

Single-Sex Housing
Single-sex floors in Residential First-Year Experience halls are available in Central and Southwest. UMass Amherst provides several single-sex options. Most suites in Sylvan are single-sex.

Co-ed Suites
CHCRC, Sylvan Area and North Apartments

Returning students can request a suite or apartment to share with friends of any sex. While students assigned to a double room must be of the same sex, some suites or apartments, designated under living option as a "Coed Suite" or "Coed Apt" can house male and female students who share one common living area and one bathroom. Interested students with an appointment can form a roommate group and attempt to select these spaces using the appropriate Room Selection Process. For more information on available processes, please click here.

Gender Inclusive Housing
Students whose gender identity is in transition or who do not want to identify a gender and their allies may request gender inclusive housing. If you are a returning or incoming student interested in the gender inclusive housing option, email the Housing Accommodations Staff at the Student Services Office: HousingAccom@sacl.umass.edu for more information.

Thatcher Language and Culture House
The Thatcher Language and Culture House is an immersive living and learning community with both academic and social components. Being part of this diverse and vibrant community helps students increase their cultural and language competency while building strong and meaningful connections with their peers and instructors. There are two ways to participate in this community. The first is to participate in one of the language based programs (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish); students participating in language programs must enroll in a two-credit conversation/culture course each semester they reside in Thatcher and must have enough proficiency to participate fully in the required course. The second is to participate in the Global Culture Program which is intended for students who are interested in exploring world cultures through academic and experiential opportunities. It is open to all students, language mastery is not required for this program. Students may be new learners of one of the six languages offered in Thatcher or may have language mastery in a different language. Students who participate in the Global Culture Program are expected to enroll in a two-credit global cultures course. For more details, contact the Residential Academic Programs Office at 413-545-2803, email rap@acad.umass.edu, or visit their website here.