University of Massachusetts Amherst

Search Google Appliance

Thinking Ahead: Choosing where to live next semester

Fall 2015 Housing Decisions

Whether your student is planning to live on campus or off campus for Fall 2015, March is the month for reviewing options and making decisions for the upcoming year. 

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 2015 Room Selection Guide has detailed information on how your student can select an on campus housing assignment.  In addition, there are video tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions for using Online Room Selection. 

*The Multi-Year Room Selection process is the last opportunity to secure on-campus housing for Fall 2015.  The deadline to request an appointment is March 23rd!

Housing Options for Students

Students will have several options to select from as part of Fall 2015 Room Selection! 

Defined Residential Communities
Defined Residential Communities create supportive environments that encourage personal growth and academic achievement.  Each community is focused on common interests, ethnicity, or identity and welcomes interested allies. 

SophoMORE Experience
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).

Honors and Living and Learning Community
All Commonwealth Honors College students are eligible to request an appointment for the Honors LLC Room Selection process.  Students can select from single and double rooms in traditional residence halls, suites and apartments.

Students who are not a member of Commonwealth Honors College are also eligible to participate in this process to select spaces in the Honors community in John Adams.

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.

Off Campus Housing Options:

Students and families have a number of resources available if they decide to move off campus:   

  • If your student wants to start the search for a rental listing, look no further than the Off Campus Student Services Housing website. Students can create a free profile, look for a listing, look for a roommate or even post their own listing!
  • Students can complete the Living Off Campus Certification available on This is an online training tool that provides you more information about the leasing process, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, Amherst town bylaws and more! It’s free and only takes about 20 minutes!
  • If students want to learn more in person, the Off Campus Student Center, located in 314 Student Union Building, 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.
  • The Off Campus Community and Resources Housing Fair is a fun and entertaining event that provides current and future off campus students with housing and local business information. This spring, the Fair will take place on April 9th outside the Student Union Building.  

Stay Informed:  The Housing website is UMass Amherst’s source for up-to-date information. Students can also “Like” us on Facebook at Living At UMass Amherst for regular updates.

For more off campus housing information, encourage your student to “Like” us on Facebook at UMass OCSC and follow us on Twitter/Instagram with “@umassocsc”.