Living On and Off Campus for Fall 2017


Fall 2017 Housing Decisions
Whether your student is planning to live on campus or off campus for fall 2017, now is the month for reviewing options and making decisions for the upcoming year.  You can find all of our information on our completely redesigned website (!

On Campus Housing
Students who want to live on campus must request an Online Room Selection Appointment on SPIRE.  Every student must request their own individual appointment.  Students who miss the Appointment Request Deadline for a process may not be guaranteed a space on campus.  The Fall 2017 Room Selection Guide has detailed information on how your student can select an on campus housing assignment, including links to video tutorials, a Room Selection checklist and all room selection timelines. 

*The Multi-Year Room Selection process is the last opportunity to secure on-campus housing for fall 2017.  The deadline to request an appointment is March 20th!

Housing Options for Students
Students will have several options to select from as part of Fall 2017 Room Selection this year! 

Application and Eligibility Processes

  1. Defined Residential Communities (Application Due February 19th!) Defined Residential Communities create supportive environments that encourage personal growth and academic achievement.  Each community is focused on common interests, ethnicity, or identity and welcome interested allies.  Students can learn more about each community here (
  2. SophoMORE Experience (Application Due February 19th!) The SophoMORE Experience ( assists students with academic success, second year transitions and personal growth.  Each community is focused on a topic, such as Creative Expressions (Butterfield), Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MacKimmie), Technical Solutions (Hamlin) and Social Justice (Crampton).
  3. Honors Living and Learning Community (LLC) All Commonwealth Honors College students in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the Honors LLC Room Selection process. Rising sophomore students will receive two appointments and will receive priority consideration for Suite spaces in CHCRC.  Rising Junior and Senior students will receive one appointment and will receive priority consideration for apartment spaces in CHCRC and North Apartments.

Open To All On Campus Students

  • Multi-Year Room Selection: Students interested in traditional-style residence hall spaces, North Apartment Spaces and Sylvan suites can select from standard single and shared rooms across campus.  Students and families can see 360 Degree Room Tours of every room type on our residential area pages. (

Off Campus Housing
If your student wants to start the search for a rental listing, point them towards the Off Campus Student Life website. Students can create a profile, look for a listing, look for a roommate or even post their own listing! 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 and they know best because they’ve been through the moving process themselves! Check out their blog .
  • Avoid #frenemies: Great friends are not always the best housemates.
  • Take advantage of the free legal advice: The UMass Amherst Student Legal Services Office will review leases for free! Have your student make an appointment today.
  • 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). Our Off Campus Assistants can provide them with information on the off campus housing process as they already serve those who commute or live in the greater Amherst community. The Center also offers a place to study, gather, enjoy events, and learn more about university resources and services.