New Undergraduates - First Year and Transfer

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

Fall 2020 Update

The Chancellor announced all undergraduate students who have reserved on-campus housing for the upcoming semester, and for whom there is space available, are invited to live on campus under strict public health behavioral restrictions. All students who choose to remain on campus, must sign the UMass Agreement by July 24. Residential Life will notify residents via email when the agreement is available to sign on SPIRE. If a new student does not sign the UMass Agreement by July 24, their Preference Application will be canceled and they will not receive a housing assignment for fall 2020. 

First-Year Students 

pdfRequired Student Commuter Form
pdfHousing Exemption Application

First-Year Student Application Dates

The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE Thursday, June 1st, 2020 through 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST. All applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, July 31, 2020. First year students will be assigned to spaces within the Residential First-Year Experience; more information about this program can be found here

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.

Roommate Search
Available June 1 - July 7

Some undergraduate students are interested in seeking out potential roommate opportunities for fall 2020.  Students can create a profile for Roommate Search in SPIRE under Main Menu>Residential Life.  As part of Roommate Search, students will answer a comprehensive set of questions about themselves and about their preferred roommate.  After completing the questionnaire, students will receive a list of other new students who match their criteria.  They will also receive contact information and can have a discussion about whether they are interested in being roommates.  If both students mutually agree, they can request they can request each other as roommates on the Preference Application.

Transfer Students

Transfer Student Application Dates
The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE Monday, June 1st, 2020 through 11:59pm on Thursday, July 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST. All on time applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, July 31, 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.

Roommate Search
Available June 1 - July 7

Some undergraduate students are interested in seeking out potential roommate opportunities for fall 2020.  Students can create a profile for Roommate Search in SPIRE under Main Menu>Residential Life.  As part of Roommate Search, students will answer a comprehensive set of questions about themselves and about their preferred roommate.  After completing the questionnaire, students will receive a list of other new students who match their criteria.  They will also receive contact information and can have a discussion about whether they are interested in being roommates.  If both students mutually agree, they can request they can request each other as roommates on the Preference Application.

Preference Application Resources

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

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

Late Applicants 

Students who miss the Preference Application deadline will need to study remotely for Fall 2020, we are unable to process late applications. Details about applying for Spring 2021 room assignments will be made available after the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Cancelling Your Housing Contract

New students can cancel their preference application without charge by completing the Preference Application Cancellation form by Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5:00pm. Students who cancel their assignment after July 30 at 5:00pm will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule below.

Fall 2020 Cancellation Fee

$200 Cancellation Fee Period
        Begins 5:00pm July 30, 2020
        Ends Upon Check-In

$500 Cancellation Fee Period
        Begins Upon Check-In
        Ends 5th week of Fall 2020 semester*
*Students may also be subject to the Rent Refund Schedule.

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.