Your Room

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Once you know the room type of your on-campus assignment, view the corresponding 360°Room Tour to get a better idea of what it looks like.

Your room will have basic furniture including:

Single bed frame and mattress (mattress dimensions - 80" long x 36" wide)
Desk and chair
Wardrobe or closet

    The furniture must stay in that room/apartment. Furnishings need to meet safety standards and be assembled properly. Residents may be held financially responsible for costs associated with replacing missing furniture and/or removing furniture from their rooms. As specified in the Terms and Conditions for the Room Condition Form (RCF) you were asked to complete, you can review a list of estimated Repair and Replacement Costs.

    Cable and Telephone Service

    All rooms are connected to a university cable television system. Service includes local and regional programming, a movie channel, a student-run station and various satellite networks. Local telephone service is provided, but you have to bring your own telephone. Phone jacks are not provided in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community. The university provides one telephone per floor in CHCRC which is accessible in a common space. 

    Decorating Your Space

    Residents are encouraged to decorate and personalize their rooms. Head over to our Facebook page to see examples of decorated student rooms. As you decorate, please keep the following policies in mind:

    • Decorations must not cover more than 50% of the area on each wall and room door and no items are allowed to be suspended from the ceiling, light fixtures, sprinkler head, or fire equipment.
    • Residents of North Apartments and the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC) are only allowed to use push pins to hang decorations.
    • Residents in all other areas are only allowed to use removal strips (such as 3M or Command Strips), commercial hanging putty, and painters tape to decorate their walls and doors.
    • Any use of other materials such as nails, screws, and masking or duct tape are not allowed as they may damage the walls, which will result in a fee for residents.
    • Applying wallpaper, borders, stickers, and/or painting or drawing on walls, doors, windows, shades, or furnishings is not permitted.

    What to Bring

    Before you decide what you intend to bring to campus, review important reminders and suggested items. Please keep in mind, some items are prohibited from the residence halls. Students that live outside Massachusetts and wish to ship items to campus prior to Fall Move-In should review the Luggage Program.

    Sustainability Reminders

    • Coordinate with your roommate(s) and discuss what items you can share (television, DVD player, gaming console, printer, etc.). NOTE: If you plan to bring a television, please check here for HSCN Digital TV Compatibility Information.
    • Purchase gently used items for your room at the New2U tag sale during Move-In weekend. 
    • Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up at the hydration station in your residence hall!

    Learn additional ways you can live sustainably on campus!

    Suggested Items

    Remember, your space on campus will most likely be smaller than your room at home. Keep this in mind when packing.

    For a checklist of suggestions on what to bring click here.

    Prohibited Items

    To maintain the safety of the residence halls for all students, items that may be a fire hazard or other hazard are not permitted. Candles, hoverboards, octopus lamps, and toasters are a few examples of prohibited items. For a complete list, please review Residential PoliciesPossession of any prohibited item violates these policies and/or the Code of Student Conduct and will result in disciplinary action.


    UMass has partnered with College Products to provide you with the option of renting or purchasing a MicroChill refrigerator/microwave. This combination appliance is a wonderful “GREEN” choice as it’s energy star rating is upward of 97 kWh lower than similar units available in big box stores.

    Order by the Priority Deadline and the MicroChill will be in your room when you arrive for Move-In!

    Linens Program

    The UMass Amherst Residence Hall Association (RHA) has found a convenient and affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit the extra-long mattresses in our residence halls. Proceeds from this program go to the RHA and are used for programming in the residence halls at UMASS.

    The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra-long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items. Everything is guaranteed until graduation, and there's free shipping for all Value Pak orders. Placing your order early is recommended for the best color and pattern choices. You can also have them shipped directly to campus so they will be ready for pickup from your Residential Service Desk when you arrive for Move-In!

    Lofting and Bunking Your Bed

    Lofting or bunking your bed is a great way to maximize space in your room. Availability of lofting kits is limited and is first come, first served. Please review the appropriate Lofting and Bunking Instructions before attempting to loft or bunk your bed. Lofting kit locations by residential area are listed below. 

    Baker 335B and 225B, Brett 040C, Brooks 007, Butterfield 005, Chadbourne Basement lounge, Gorman 023, Greenough basement lounge, Van Meter 136, Wheeler 021

    Birch 325, Elm 606, Linden 225, Maple 245, Oak 252, Sycamore

    North A 117A, North B 117A, North C 117A, North D 114A

    Crabtree 018, Dwight 006, Hamlin 011, Johnson 008, Knowlton 021, Leach 004, Lewis 023, Mary Lyon 002, Thatcher 003

    Orchard Hill
    332, Grayson 332, Field 332, Webster 432

    Cance 429, Coolidge 1202, Crampton 323, Emerson 320A, James 400A, JA 508A, JQA 1908A, Kennedy 1202, MacKimmie 423, Melville 400A, Moore 018, Patterson 344, Pierpont 327, Prince 111, Thoreau 220A, Washington 1902

    Brown 008, Cashin 008, McNamara 008

    Damaged or Lost Items

    Students and families are encouraged to review their home owners insurance policy to determine if their student is covered while away at school. If not, it is recommended that students purchase renter's insurance. The university is not responsible for student personal property. However, if you feel the university is responsible for property loss or damage, you may file a  Lost or Damaged Student Property Claim.