Living and Learning at UMass Amherst

Living and Learning at UMass Amherst

Being part of a campus community can be educational, insightful, and at times challenging, but offers many rewards and positive experiences. Living with others from a variety of cultural backgrounds, you will soon discover, is an education in and of itself, providing you with new insights and perspectives.

Residence Education programs meet the diverse needs of our on-campus population. Every traditional style residence hall has live-in Resident Assistants who ensure the safety and security of all residents, provide educational and social opportunities, and work to promote an inclusive and respectful environment for all who live on-campus.

Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) halls cater specifically to the needs of students in their first year of college. In addition, Residence Education offers opportunities for learning in the residence halls through Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), Defined Residential Communities, and other Special Housing Options. For more information about these housing options and more, see the links on this page.