Living On and Off Campus

Living On Campus

Living on campus is one of the most transformative and valuable college experiences. Students engage and learn in a setting of peers with diverse experiences and viewpoints. We think living on campus is one of the best decisions a student can make and we’ve narrowed it down to a few key reasons why.

  1. The Experience: There are countless ways to get involved and plenty of new people to meet. Someone to study with, go to dinner, or just hang out and watch a movie is always down the hall.
  1. Staff Support: Residential Assistants (RAs) are available to answer questions and provide guidance throughout the academic year. They are also a great resource when navigating roommate conflicts.
  1. Safety and Security: 24 hour card access and nightly security monitors make sure residents and their guests are the only ones with access to the halls. Professional staff live in the hall and emergency personnel are less than a mile away.
  1. Convenience: Everything is right here! Friends, great food, events, class, the library, and professors are at their doorstep.
  1. Cost: Students only pay for the months they are at school and never worry about utilities because everything is included…even the wonderful custodial staff that keep our halls clean every day!

On Campus Housing for Fall 2018

Students can choose between singles, shared spaces, suites, and apartments. Any student who plans to live on campus must complete four simple steps on SPIRE.

  1. Sign the Residence Hall Contract
  2. Update the Housing Profile
  3. Request an appointment for the process they want to participate in during the appointment request timeline.
  4. Select from available spaces on campus when their appointment time begins!

In addition, students can apply to live in Defined Residential Communities and SophoMORE Communities by February 18th.

For process timelines and room selection resources please visit our website at

Off Campus Housing
Has your student decided to live off campus? Here are 5 tips from past students for a smooth transition:

  • “Make sure you can afford renting” Monthly rent + Utilities + Cable/internet + Security deposit—it adds up! Do not be surprised by the upfront costs.
  • “Ask the experts” The Off Campus Assistants are always here for you. Stop by the Off Campus Student Center or check out their blog .
  • “Avoid #frenemies” Great friends are not always the best housemates.
  • “Don’t get scammed” There is only one official source for off campus housing. Craigslist or Facebook groups are not monitored by the University, and students routinely lose time and money on fake listings. 
  • “Take advantage of the free legal advice” The UMass Amherst Student Legal Services Office will review leases for free! 
  • “Renting is a Family Affair” Parents/families typically co-sign leases and are ultimately financially responsible, so start talking with your student about the process now.
  • “Housing Fair” Encourage your student to attend the Spring Housing Fair on March 7th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Concourse. Representatives from local complexes will be present to answer all of your student's questions!

If students want to learn more in person, have them come to the Off Campus Student Center  (314 Student Union).