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Living and Learning

Residential Life

Residential Life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the largest on campus housing systems in the United States. Over 12,000 students live in 45 residence halls, while families and graduate students live in 345 units in two apartment complexes.

Residential Life is a national leader in creating a dynamic residential experience that is engaging, socially just, and promotes student learning. We offer a residential experience that supports students’ learning, personal growth, and academic achievement. We foster inclusive communities, create social and educational opportunities, and provide safe and well-maintained residences. Residential Life provides a variety of hall services, educational programs and activities.

Residential First Year Experience

The Residential First Year Experience (RFYE) is a year-long, structured, residentially-based program for first year students, designed to smooth the transition to UMass Amherst. Participation in RFYE builds connections with the campus and pride for the University community. We encourage our students to be involved and participate in campus events and activities, while preparing students to take ownership for their academic and personal development.

Your Housing Assignment

Residential Life Student Services is responsible for managing all housing assignments and related processes. Our goal is to provide new and continuing residents with the information they need about the housing assignment process, including room selection, residency requirements, associated rates, fees and more. In addition to the information provided on its website, the Student Services staff is available to answer all questions you may have regarding your on-campus housing assignment.

Family Housing

When you live in Family Housing, you and your children will have a special opportunity to be close to other families who have come from all over the United States and around the world. Family Housing seeks to create an environment that supports intellectual life, encourages responsible living, provides support services to residents and their families, promotes respect for cultural diversity, and fosters the development of community life. In Family Housing, at least one member in each family is affiliated with the University, and everyone is part of the Family Housing community.

About the Residence Halls

At UMass Amherst, undergraduate residence halls are a lot more than a place to sleep. The forty-five residence halls and four apartment buildings are grouped into six separate and very different residential areas. Each area possesses its own distinctive characteristics inspired in part by location, architecture, and by the different cultural or academic living/learning programs each hosts. Whether you prefer a residential area nestled amid rolling hills or a neighborhood located at the heart of the campus, a high-rise tower or a red brick residence hall, a suite or a traditional room, UMass Amherst offers a housing option to meet your needs.

Safety and Security

At the University, personal Safety and Security is important for everyone. Observing safety precautions and knowing the established policies will help to prevent injury or mishap. All residents share responsibility for maintaining an atmosphere in which you can study quietly, live safely, and treat one another respectfully.