Campus Housing

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
1,817
Tuition
$44,610
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: freshman dorms are immaculate, but upperclassmen dorms are lacking. thankfully they are revamping some of the old buildings because sophomores get screwed in the housing lottery system.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing varies wildly from dorm to dorm. All of the first-year dorms are terrific, though of course, some are still noticeably better than others. Since Amherst is a pretty small college, pretty much every dorm is near your classes (the farthest you'll have to walk will never be more than 10-15 minutes).

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's overall great. The dorms are nice and spacious. Room draw process is kind of random.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is guaranteed for all four years, which means everyone lives on campus for the most part. The different dorms have different characteristics, so it's pretty easy to find what suits you (i.e., suite-style living, singles, doubles, etc.). Freshman housing is across the board good to great, and then after that it all depends on your spot in the housing lottery.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Plenty of options, if you get high on the lottery. Even so, you're guaranteed housing all 4 years.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 193rd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 233rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 307th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 505th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lem Atanga McCormick
Hometown
Chicago, IL
Major
Pre-Med (Biology and French)
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Freshmen live amongst themselves, which is usually a cool thing because it facilitates the sometimes-difficult process of making friends. Sophomores are usually the ones getting screwed by being at the bottom of room draw. One way of getting out of room draw for sophomores is to apply for theme housing. Another is finding upperclassmen who will put your name in with their room groups, thus raising your ranking. All upperclass dorms are spacious and comfortable to live in. The social dorms are the way to go if you’re intent on living very close to your friends. Unfortunately, the downside to this living environment is that the socials are often the sites of the loudest, most rambunctious parties. Morrow, Moore, and Cohan are the quiet studying dorms, and Cohan has been dubbed the “thesis-writing dorm.” The limited space in freshmen dorms presents a challenge to one’s interior design skills. If two or more people are going to sleep in one room, bunk beds are a very good idea, and if you’re not doing that, you’ll probably want to raise your bed high and put your desk under it to save space.

Most of the dorms have that New England look: brownstones with white windows, but they’re not overly decorated with statues of winged lions and weeping angles like at other universities. The dorm you live in definitely doesn't place you under any social category whatsoever, but some common social trends at Amherst are that athletes and other partiers live in the social dorms; theme house members usually associate with their theme house neighbors; and quiet and above-average-studious people usually end up living in Cohan or Morrow at some point.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,793
Average Housing Costs
$6,310
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
37
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Dorms
Charles Pratt
Worst Dorms
  • Plaza Dormitory
  • Waldorf-Astoria
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Chair
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free campus phone calls
  • Phone jack
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Substance-free dorms and/or floors. Single-sex floors. Single-sex bathrooms.
Available for Rent
Nothing from the College
Did You Know?
  • All freshmen have been required to live in designated freshmen dorms since 1996. The freshman quad was designated to be the green between Frost Library, Johnson Chapel, and includes James, Stearns, South, North, and Appleton. This is perhaps the most central place on campus.
  • Plaza and Waldorf-Astoria are basically fancy trailers that have been constructed due to shortage of housing, and have remained in service still. The rooms are by no means bad, but students generally do prefer to live in a place other than a trailer.
  • There is a way to beat inferior rankings and an unfortunate draw. The annual LipSync contest, aside from being decidedly the most demented event ever at Amherst, is an event where room groups and individuals lip sync to a song or a medley of songs, and in the process make complete fools of themselves in purposely-exaggerated dances and skits. A group of appointed non-student judges pick the winners, whose prize is to be significantly promoted in the ordered list. Housing is a big deal at Amherst, and the disturbing things that students will do in order to live in better dorms are proof of this. Even if you haven't entered LipSync, you definitely can't miss it. The whole College, president and faculty included, attends.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Appleton
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 36
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Centrally located on the freshman quad.
Chapman House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 12
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: House is close to the gym, has a kitchen and two living/common rooms.
Cohan Dormitory
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 56
Bathrooms: Shared by suite or floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Centrally located, common rooms for suites, rooms are large.
Coolidge Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 46
Bathrooms: Shared by suite or floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Big basement, one of the social dorms.
Crossett Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 80-100
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Big basement, one of the social dorms.
Davis Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 56
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Big basement, one of the social dorms.
Drew House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 18-30
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: African American and African Caribbean culture theme house, beautiful common area,central location.
Garman House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 22
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Big common area, kitchen, porch.
Hamilton House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 28
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Central location, large common area.
Hitchcock House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 31
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: One of the Triangle dorms, large library.
Humphries House (the Zu)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 22
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: The Zu is the student co-op theme house. Students can cook communal meals here with groceries partly funded by the College.
James Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 85
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: House lounge with fireplace, library, remodeled.
Jenkins Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 42
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: One of the social dorms, largest suites on campus.
King Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 68
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Newer dorn with large suites and common areas.
Leland House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 7
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Apartment-style living arrangement, common area, kitchen.
Marsh House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 22-40
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Arts theme house.
Mayo Smith House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 42
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: One of the Triangle dorms, large ballroom.
Moore Dormitory
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 109
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Central location, elevator, foosball table, kitchen, pool table, spacious common areas. The fourth floor houses the Asian culture house.
Morris Pratt Dormitory
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 104
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, triples
Special Features: Large, spacious rooms with carpeting. Building is in central location and has big basement, library.
Morrow Dormitory
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 81
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, triples
Special Features: Central location with beautiful library. Usually, two or more floors house the health and wellness theme house.
Newport House
Floors: 3 plus 3 rooms in basement
Number of Occupants: 31
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: French and Spanish theme houses, house has a kitchen.
North College
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 120
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: On the freshman quad, large floor lounges, renovated.
Plaza Dormitory
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This dorm is a modular building (a trailer). Close to the gym.
Plimpton House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 25
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Bathtubs in the bathrooms, large library and common area.
Pond Hall
Floors: 3 plus annex
Number of Occupants: 86
Bathrooms: Shared by suite members and floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: One of the Social dorms.
Porter House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 25-40
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cozy lounge with DVD player, grand piano, houses the German and Russian theme houses.
Seeley House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 33-35
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, triples
Special Features: Ballroom, grand piano, one of the Triangle dorms.
Seligman House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 25-35
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Also known as La Casa, the Latino Culture theme house.
South College
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 120
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Large floor lounges, on the Freshman Quad, renovated.
Stearns Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 85
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: House lounge with fireplace, library.
Stone Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 64
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Big basement, one of the Social dorms.
Taplin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 23
Bathrooms: Shared by suite member
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: One of the Social dorms.
Tyler House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 29
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Large common areas, quiet dorm.
Valentine Dormitory
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 80
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, triples
Special Features: Located right above the dining hall.
Waldorf-Astoria Dormitory
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This dorm is a modular building (a trailer). Close to the gym and the Seeley Mudd science building.
Wieland Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 47
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Modern, large rooms and common areas.
Williston Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 36
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Cozy common areas, kitchen, modern, wooden floors.

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