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New and Prospective Lincoln Residents

Fall 2018 Housing

Fall 2018 Graduate Housing Application

Currently all Lincoln spaces have been filled.  We will continue to maintain a waitlist and encourage interested students to provide us with your information using the link above.  We will contact students on the waitlist in the order that we receive them after Graduate Room Selection process has ended.

Please Note: The application is a Google form.  In order to submit an application you must be matriculated for fall 2018 and have an @umass.edu email account.

To access the Application, please click the link above when it becomes available.  You will need to be logged in to your @umass email account and have your  NetID and Password available (Please note: you must log out of any personal gmail accounts).  Once you have completed this step, you will be able to access the Graduate Application by clicking the link at the top of this page.

After all spaces have filled our office will maintain a waitlist in the event that new vacancies become available.

Fall 2018 Application Process for New Graduate Students

To apply for an on campus assignment, graduate students must submit an application and applicable prepayment. Complete all application fields. Residential Life will provide appointments based on the order in which we receive completed applications, which include the prepayment and the electronic application. We require that your application include the following information:

  • Your UMass email address. Important Housing information will be sent to you using this email address.
  • A telephone number where you can be reliably contacted.
  • An answer to the U.S. felony conviction question. We cannot process your application without your response to this question.
  • Prior to submitting the Housing Application, applicants for graduate housing must submit a non-refundable prepayment of $300.00 in U.S. Funds. This $300 pre-payment will be applied to the cost of housing fees on your spring bill. This amount will NOT be refunded if your residency plans change. Students who do not select an assignment or who cancel their assignment prior to the end of the contract period will forfeit the $300 non-refundable housing prepayment.
  • Payment must be made using our Online Payment Service. This link will be available at the top of this page when applications are being accepted. Students using the Online Payment Service can make payments using Discover, MasterCard, American Express or eCheck (U.S. Bank account only). Students who submit an online prepayment must also pay an additional 2.7% ($8.10) service charge. Students who are unable to pay online must enclose $300.00 in U.S. currency in the form of a traveler's check, cashier's check, or U.S. Postal Money Order. No personal checks, wire transfers, credit card payments, or cash can be accepted. Please note that applications are not considered complete until we have received the prepayment and a completed application.
  • By submitting a completed application, you are guaranteed to be able to select a space through the end of your room selection appointment, however we are unable to guarantee a specific room type.

If you are unable to submit the prepayment electronically, mail your prepayment to:
Residential Life Student Services
235 Whitmore Administration Building
181 Presidents Drive,
Amherst, MA 01003-9393.

Graduate Residence Hall Contract
In addition to the application and payment, graduate students who live on campus are required to sign a Graduate Residence Hall Contract in SPIRE. This contract outlines the residential living obligations of both you and the University. The Contract is a specific and legally binding document. Make sure you read the Contract thoroughly. If there are parts of the Contract that you do not understand, please call Residential Life Student Services at (413) 545-2100 and ask for clarification. No graduate student will be permitted to select a room assignment until the Contract has been signed.

For more information, please contact Residential Life Student Services
Phone: 413-545-2100 
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 5 pm, 235 Whitmore Administration Building

To search for off-campus accommodations, or to submit a Renter Profile, please visit the Off Campus Housing website

Selecting a Room Assignment 
Application Available: April 4 until spaces have filled
Appointments Post: June 4th by 3pm
Room Selection: June 5th - June 11th

In most instances, when a completed application and prepayment is received an email will be sent to graduate students' IT email address instructing them to log on to SPIRE, sign the Graduate Residence Hall Contract, submit a Housing Profile. This email will also include instructions for using Online Room Selection in SPIRE to select a Fall 2018 assignment. All graduate students who submit complete applications will receive an appointment two business day after the completed application is received.

For more information about what you will need for your room, please click here.

Room Selection Resources

Video Tutorials
Walkthrough every step of the room selection process, from signing your residence hall contract and submitting your profile to selecting your housing assignment!

Room Selection Priority
Learn how to interpret your room selection priority listed in SPIRE.

Floor Plans
Find detailed room dimensions for type of apartment!

Residence Halls
View 360 degree tours and discover community features.

Important Information for All Lincoln Residents

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Graduate Housing Rates (per semester)
(Please note Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Rates are typically finalized by the Board of Trustees in July)
Lincoln Studio Apartments - $4,910.50
Lincoln 1-Bedroom Apartments - $5,669.00
Lincoln 2-Bedroom Apartments - $4,562.50

Graduate Residence Hall Contract
Graduate students who live on campus are required to sign the Graduate Residence Hall Contract on SPIRE each year. This contract outlines the residential living obligations of both you and the University. The Contract is a specific and legally binding document. Make sure you read the Contract thoroughly. If there are parts of the Contract that you do not understand, please call Residential Life Student Services at (413) 545-2100 and ask for clarification. Graduate Students can sign the Residence Hall Contract in SPIRE under Main Menu>Housing> Residence Hall Contract.

For more information, please contact Residential Life Student Services
Phone: 413-545-2100
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 5 pm, 235 Whitmore Administration Building

Off Campus Housing Options
To search for off-campus accommodations, or to submit a Renter Profile, please visit the Off Campus Housing website.

Cancelling Your Graduate Assignment
Any student who secures a graduate housing assignment is subject to the $300 Forfeited Graduate Prepayment fee. Students must call (413) 545-2100, email living@umass.edu using your campus email address or visit Residential Life Student Services at 235 Whitmore to request a cancellation of their assignment. Only the student may cancel their assignment and the request must be made directly with the Student Services Office.

Lincoln Apartment Parking
Students living in the Lincoln apartments are eligible to purchase a parking permit from Parking Services. Spaces are limited and permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Student Services must notify Parking Services that you are eligible for a parking permit before you may purchase a permit, therefore you may not request a permit until after you have selected a space on campus.

One week after you have secured a housing assignment, you may contact Parking Services to inquire about available lot spaces.