Special Housing Options

Helpful Links:
Map of Residence Areas

For more information about these housing options, please call the Student Services Office at (413) 545-2100.

24-Hour Quiet Floors
Central and Southwest Areas

Residents of quiet floors live in an environment that has the maximum number of study hours. All noise (television, music, talking) must be maintained at a level agreed upon by quiet floor residents. Consideration for others is essential on quiet floors and forms the basis for a cohesive community.

Alcohol-Free Residence Hall
Central Area: Brooks Hall

Brooks Hall is an alcohol-free residence hall. Students and their guests may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages in this residence hall. The commitment of all residents to maintain an alcohol-free environment forms the basis of a respectful and encouraging community.

Break Housing Residence Halls
Central Area: Brett Hall, Gorman Hall (first-year only)
Northeast Area: Johnson Hall
Southwest Area: Prince Hall
North Apartments: All North Halls
Sylvan Area: Cashin

Break Housing halls are the only halls that remain open during Thanksgiving, Winter Session and Spring Breaks. Please note the additional cost to reside in these halls.

Co-ed Suites
CHCRC, Sylvan Area and North Apartments

Returning students can request a suite or apartment to share with friends of any sex. While students assigned to a double room must be of the same sex, some suites or apartments, designated under living option as a "Coed Suite" or "Coed Apt" can house male and female students who share one common living area and one bathroom. Interested students with an appointment can form a roommate group and attempt to select these spaces using the appropriate Room Selection Process. For more information on available processes, please click here.

Creative Expressions Living and Learning Community
Central Area: Butterfield Hall

Creative Expressions is a community for students who are passionate about the arts and humanities. This community fosters conversations and networks that support your interests and connects you with key resources on campus, including the CHFA Advising Center staff and the HFA Student Leadership Board. Creative Expressions students also enjoy access to intentional study spaces, a dance studio (located in its first year student counterpart, Van Meter Hall), and a music practice room with an electric piano.

Gender Inclusive Housing
Students whose gender identity is in transition or who do not want to identify a gender and their allies may request gender inclusive housing. If you are a returning or incoming student interested in the gender inclusive housing option, email the Housing Accommodations Staff at the Student Services Office: HousingAccom@sacl.umass.edu for more information.

Single-Sex Housing
Single-sex floors in Residential First-Year Experience halls are available in Central and Southwest. Multi-year single sex options are located in most apartments and suites in North, Sylvan, and the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community.

Thatcher Language and Culture House
The Thatcher Language and Culture House is an immersive living and learning community with both academic and social components. Being part of this diverse and vibrant community helps students increase their cultural and language competency while building strong and meaningful connections with their peers and instructors. There are two ways to be part of this community. 

  1. Participate in one of the language based programs (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish); students participating in language programs must enroll in a two-credit conversation/culture course each semester they reside in Thatcher and must have enough proficiency to participate fully in the required course.
     
  2. Join the Global Culture Program to explore world cultures through academic and experiential opportunities. It is open to all students, language mastery is not required for this program. Students who participate in the Global Culture Program are expected to enroll in a two-credit global cultures course. 

For more details, contact the Residential Academic Programs Office at 413-545-2803, email rap@acad.umass.edu, or visit their website here.