The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Residential Life


One of the best aspects of any college experience is living on campus. UMass Amherst offers 47 different residence halls and 4 apartment buildings grouped into seven separate and very different residential areas:  Central, Northeast, Orchard Hill, Sylvan, Southwest, Commonwealth College Residential Community and the North Apartments.

Some of the benefits of university housing include:

  • Co-ed, women’s, and men’s facilities
  • Within walking distance to classes and libraries
  • Resident assistants on every floor
  • Four dining halls with vegetarian, kosher, and special dietary needs options
  • Free cable TV, high-speed Internet, and phone hook-up
  • Laundry and vending facilities
  • Secure access, limited only to building residents
  • Professional staff available 24-hours a day, seven days a week

Residency Requirements

UMass Amherst requires full-time first-year students to live on campus. Transfer students with fewer than 27 transferable semester credits are also required to live on campus.  Transfer sophomores and juniors may choose to live either on-campus of off-campus. On-campus housing is usually available for transfer students who apply on-time. (Exception: Family housing is not guaranteed, since spaces are limited.) 

For information about exceptions to the residency requirement, see Residency Requirement.

Special Programs

  • Housed in four different residential areas, the Residential First Year Experience offers first-year students a variety of programmatic and academic focus areas.
  • Living and Learning Communities enable you to live with a small group of students who share your academic interests, lifestyle preferences and/or cultural bonds.
  • Residential Academic Programs (RAP) feature small classes or discussions sections taught in the residence halls (Note: first-year applicants only).
  • First-year honors students are invited to join the Commonwealth Honors College Learning Communities in Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community.
  • Single-sex housing, gender inclusive housing, and diversity-related communities are a few of the additional housing options.
  • The McNamara Transfer Community in Sylvan residential area includes a Residential Transfer Community for Massachusetts community college graduates.

For even more information, visit Residential Life.