New Undergraduates - First Year and Transfer

First Year Students | Transfer Students | Preference Application Resources | Late Applicants | Cancelling Your Contract

Congratulations on your choice to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst!
We are sure that you are excited about coming to campus and joining the UMass Amherst community. 

First-Year Students 

Residential Choices and Application Guide
pdfRequired Student Commuter Form
pdfHousing Exemption Application

First-Year Student Application Dates

The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE Monday, November 4th, 2019 through 11:59pm on Monday, January 6, 2020. All applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, January 10th, 2020. 

Submitting a First-Year Student Preference Application 
New undergraduate students will request on-campus housing using the Housing Preference Application on SPIRE. Students will receive their NetID and password for SPIRE after their admissions deposit is processed. For step-by-step instructions on how to submit the Housing Preference application, please watch the Online Video Tutorials.

Students with a preferred roommate of a different gender can contact Residential Life Student Services to discuss options.  Our office makes every effort to assign roommate requests together, however assignments are based on space availability and we are not able to guarantee all roommate requests will be assigned together.

 

Students who need to change their Name/Gender Marker for Assignment Purposes

Residential Life is required to assign students based on the gender marker listed in SPIRE.  Students can change their gender marker for assignment purposes and the name that appears on campus records by completing the form located here

 

To ensure that students are assigned appropriately, we encourage anyone planning to submit this form to do so by:

Fall Admits: July 1st

Spring Admits: December 31st

Transfer Students

Residential Choices and Application Guide

Transfer Student Application Dates
The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE Monday, November 4th, 2019 through 11:59pm on Monday, January 6th, 2020. All on time applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, January 10th, 2020. 

Submitting a Transfer Preference Application 
New undergraduate transfer students will request on-campus housing using the Housing Preference Application on SPIRE. Students will receive their NetID and password for SPIRE after their admissions deposit is processed. For step-by-step instructions on how to submit the Housing Preference application, please watch the Online Video Tutorials.

Preference Application Resources

Video Tutorials
Walkthrough every step of submitting you Preference Application, from signing your residence hall contract and submitting your profile to rank ordering different areas of campus!

Residence Halls
View the different areas of campus through 360 degree tours, floor plans and discover community features.

Late Applicants 

All Late Applicants seeking on-campus housing will need to log on to SPIRE under Main Menu>Residential Life to sign the Residence Hall contract and submit the Housing Profile before proceeding with the following steps. Students will also be expected to request an appointment for the Spring Unassigned Process.  Please note all incoming freshmen are guaranteed on campus housing.  For step-by-step instructions on how to use Online Room Selection please watch the Online Room Selection Video Tutorials.

The Spring Unassigned Process timeline will be available in December.

Cancelling Your Housing Contract

New students may cancel their preference application without charge by contacting the Residential Life Student Services by phone or email until 5:00pm, Thursday, January 9th. Students who decide not to attend the University or not to live in on-campus housing and who receive an assignment on January 10, 2020 will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule below. To cancel your Housing Contract, call Residential Life Student Services at (413) 545-2100.

Spring 2020 Cancellation Fee

$200 Cancellation Fee Period
        Begins 5:00pm January 9, 2020
        Ends Upon Check-In

$500 Cancellation Fee Period
        Begins Upon Check-In
        Ends 5th week of Fall 2019 semester

Please note: Contacting another department on campus including the Admissions Office and the Registrar's Office does not constitute a cancellation request. As stated in the Housing Contract, the student must contact Residential Life Student Services directly by calling 413-545-2100 or emailing living@umass.edu to request a cancellation.