New Undergraduates - First Year and Transfer

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

First-Year Students 

pdfRequired Student Commuter Form
pdfHousing Exemption Application

First-Year Student Application Dates

The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE from June 1st, 2021 through 11:59pm on July 11, 2021. All applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on August 6, 2021. 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 10

Some undergraduate students are interested in seeking out potential roommate opportunities for fall 2021.  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 June 1st, 2021 through 11:59pm EST on July 11, 2021. All on time applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on August 6, 2021. 

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 10

Some undergraduate students are interested in seeking out potential roommate opportunities for fall 2021.  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 should contact Residential Life Student Services as soon as possible to discuss their options. 

Cancelling Your Housing Contract

New students can cancel their preference application without charge by completing the Preference Application Cancellation form by Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5:00pm. Students who cancel their assignment after August 5 at 5:00pm will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule below.

Fall 2020 Cancellation Fee

$200 Cancellation Fee Period
        Begins 5:00pm August 6, 2021
        Ends Upon Check-In

$600 Cancellation Fee Period
        Begins Upon Check-In
        Ends 5th week of Fall 2021 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.