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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus housing is huge at Amherst. Each residential area provides something else. Northeast has lower quality dorms but are in a great spot for STEM majors. Orchard Hill has nice dorms and facilities but is farther away. South West is the high-rise style party scene. Central has about the same quality of Northeast but with closer proximity to Humanities majors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The new Honors dorms are a spectacle, and were a luxury to live in for a year. Other residential areas like Northeast could use some better lighting and air conditioning. Overall, the campus is beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not the best housing. Honors dormitories are, of course, high quality. Each residential area has various room qualities. The worse part about housing is the chance you won't get a spot even after your Freshman year. Too many students to house, and the town of Amherst are bad about off campus housing (no more than 4 unrelated can live in one home).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing varies a lot. There are four different parts of campus that are known for different things. I lived in Southwest. It has a reputation of being a party area, but students living in Southwest also make times for their studies. The best part about southwest are the two dining commons that are located there. They both have great food. There are also around 5,000 students that live in Southwest, so it is a convenient place to be if you want to be near friends. Another unique part about it is the towers. There are five towers consisting of about 22 floors. JQA and Coolidge have coed floors and the rest have single-sex floors. The best part about the towers is living with a lot of people you know. Most students live in the dorms for about two years. I believe this is the perfect amount of time to spend on campus because it allows you to make a lot of great friends before you all spread out off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Central, I met many like-minded, open-minded, environmentally-conscience, and socially-aware people. Living in this dormitory area my freshman year set me up for success. I met my potentially life long friends due to my residential location. I lived in the most central of central locations. I was a short walk from all of my classes, right across the street from Franklin Dining Commons, and brisk walk to town. Additionally, living in the basement of my dorm was convenient because I was down the hall from the laundry room, so I didn't have to lug my laundry down five flights of stairs like some of my friends. Not to mention the vending machine was also in my hallway, which helped me get through many a late night study session.

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There are six major residential areas on campus, each with a distinctive culture. Southwest is one of the newest and largest residential areas and is a known party area. It is defined by its five towers but also has 11 low-rise buildings. The dorms on the north side of Southwest have unique Z-shaped rooms, while the rooms on the south side are traditional rectangles. The dining areas (known on campus as the DCs) are Hampshire and Berkshire. Central Residential Area has a more rural feel and is popular among students categorized as "hippies." Half of Central is on flat land close to campus, but the other half is on the hill closer to the aptly named Orchard Hill Residential Area. Central and Orchard Hill dorms have nice rooms, but the downside is that you have to walk the hill everyday. However, with two great dining commons nearby (Franklin and Worcester), the extra exercise may not be a bad thing! Northeast Residential Area has a sand volleyball court, and once spring hits, everyone goes outside to socialize. It is also extremely close to many of the science buildings, making it ideal for students majoring in the sciences. Sylvan Area offers suite-style living that is ideal for students looking for a quiet atmosphere but may not be ideal for anyone who wants a rich social experience. Sylvan is far from classes, and the rooms are very small, but you will only have to share a bathroom with five other people. Overall, the dorms at UMass are in good shape—they are kept clean and provide students with everything they need, but they are not the most beautiful. Most likely, you won't have a problem with UMass dorms unless you visit other schools with newer, better-looking dorms.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
13,318
Average Housing Costs
$5,846
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
61%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
46
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Any of the freshman-only dorms in Southwest Residential Area
  • Dickinson or Webster halls in Orchard Hill Residential Area
  • Van Meter Hall in Central Residential Area
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Baker or Gorman halls in Central Residential Area
  • Grayson or Field halls in Orchard Hill Residential Area
  • North Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Southwest Residential Area towers
  • Sylvan Residential Area
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Southwest Residential Area
  • Sylvan Residential Area
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookcase
  • Cable TV
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Recycling bin
  • Trash can
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Brett, Lewis, and Prince halls are nine-month residency dorms, which means residents here can stay over breaks. Cashin is a 12-month hall. There is an extra fee for these halls, but they are great options if you are unable to go home on a major break when the other residence halls close.
  • Coed suites are available in McNamara. Students in each double must be the same gender, but the suite can house both guys and girls, who will share the common room and bathroom.
  • Family housing apartments are available.
  • Gender-free housing is available for students who are transitioning genders or who do not identify with one.
  • Many dorms have living and learning communities that focus on a theme, such as diversity, major, politics, sustainability, among many others.
Available for Rent
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Did You Know?
According to a survey from LazyStudents.com, 75 percent of the 840 college students polled answered "yes" to an online question asking "Do you pee in the shower?" In other words, bring flip-flops.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Baker Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour quiet floor, basement lounge with pool table, floor lounges, kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge, vending machines; Central Residential Area
Birch Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles), two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Apartments include full kitchen; building features laundry facilities, recycling rooms, social lounge; Honors College Residential Community Area
Brett Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Basement lounge with kitchen and TV, floor lounges, fully accessible for disabled students, government offices, kitchen, laundry facilities, lounges, vending machines; Central Residential Area
Brooks Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour quiet floor, alcohol-free dorm, floor lounges, kitchens, laundry facilities, lounges, recreation room with pool table and TV, vending machines; Central Residential Area
Brown Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Each suite has a living room, and building has kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation room with table games, TV lounge, vending machines; Sylvan Residential Area
Butterfield Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Band practice room, community study lounge with fireplace, first-floor kitchen, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, recreation room with pool table, TV room; Central Residential Area
Cance Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Community lounges, first-year living and learning communities, kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge with pool and foosball table, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Cashin Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Each suite has a living room, and building has government offices, kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation room with pool table, Sylvan Cultural Center, TV lounge, vending machines, wellness floor; Sylvan Residential Area
Chadbourne Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: First-floor TV lounge, floor kitchens, Josephine White Eagle Native American Cultural Center, laundry facilities, Native American student program, study lounge, recreation room with pool table, vending machines; Central Residential Area
Coolidge Hall
Floors: 18
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, Z-rooms
Special Features: Classrooms; Club Coolidge recreation floor with arcade, table games, TV, and snacks; Harambee, the African Heritage Program; kitchens; laundry facilities; study lounges; vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Crabtree Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, pool table, recreation room with fireplace, study lounge, TV room, vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
Crampton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, non-traditional student program, study areas, TV lounges, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Dickinson Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Asian/Asian American Program, kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation room with pool table and TV, study lounges, vending machines; Orchard Hill Residential Area
Dwight Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Asian/Asian American program, kitchen, laundry facilities, meeting lounge, recreation room with pool table, TV lounge, vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
Elm Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles), two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Apartments include full kitchen; building features art gallery, classrooms, laundry facilities, recycling rooms, social lounge; Honors College Residential Community Area
Emerson Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, Z-rooms
Special Features: Classroom, floor lounges, kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Field Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Ccmmunal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, lounge, recreation room with pool table and TV, study lounges, Sweets N' More, vending machines; Orchard Hill Residential Area
Gorman Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Big community lounge with big-screen TV, first-floor kitchen, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, study lounges, vending machines; Central Residential Area
Grayson Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: First-floor lounge, kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV room, vending machines; Orchard Hill Residential Area
Greenough Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Greenough Sub Shop, kitchen lounge, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines, wellness floor; Central Residential Area
Hamlin Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation room with pool and ping-pong table, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
James Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, Z-rooms
Special Features: Dining area, kitchen, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, lounges, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
John Adams Hall
Floors: 19
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triple, Z-rooms
Special Features: Classroom, community lounges, kitchens, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, recreation room with TV, sitting area on the first floor, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
John Quincy Adams Hall
Floors: 18
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, Z-rooms
Special Features: 24-hour quiet floor, Club JQA recreation floor with table games and TV, kitchens, laundry facilities, lounges, vending machines, Wellness Center; Southwest Residential Area
Johnson Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation room with pool table and TV, study lounge, vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
Kennedy Hall
Floors: 20
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, Z-rooms
Special Features: Classrooms; Club Kennedy recreation center with arcade, table games, and TV; first-year general education program; kitchen; laundry facilities; lounges; vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Knowlton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchens, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, recreation room with pool table, study lounge, TV lounge with fireplace, vending machines, United Asian Learning Resource Center; Northeast Residential Area
Leach Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Bike room; kitchen; laundry facilities; recreation room with fireplace, pool table, and TV; study lounge; vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
Lewis Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Classroom and seminar room, International Program, kitchen, laundry facilities, music room with piano, recreation room with fireplace and pool table, study lounges, vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
Linden Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles), two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Apartments include full kitchen; building features bike storage, laundry facilities, recycling rooms, social lounge; Honors College Residential Community Area
MacKimmie Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, lounges, recreation room with TV, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Maple Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles), two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Apartments include full kitchen; building features bike storage, laundry facilities, recreation area with pool table, recycling rooms, social lounge; Honors College Residential Community Area
Mary Lyon Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Classroom and seminar room, kitchen, laundry facilities, living and learning communities, TV lounge with pool table and piano, vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
McNamara Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Each suite has a living room, and building has kitchen, laundry facilities, recreation room with pool table, snack bar, TV lounge, vending machines; Sylvan Residential Area
Melville Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, Z-rooms
Special Features: Kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities,lounges, table games, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Moore Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, community lounges, kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, recreation room with TV, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Oak Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles), two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Apartments include full kitchen; building features laundry facilities, recycling rooms, social lounges, vending machines; Honors College Residential Community Area
Patterson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, lounges, recreation room with TV, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Pierpont Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, community lounges, kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, recreation room with TV and pool table, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Prince Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, pool table, reading room, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Thatcher Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer room; kitchen; laundry facilities; Max Kade German Studies Center; recreation room with fireplace, pool table, and TV; study lounges; Thatcher Foreign Language Program; vending machines; Northeast Residential Area
Thoreau Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, Z-rooms
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry facilities, several lounges, vending machines; Southwest Residential Area
Van Meter Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Dance studio, kitchen, laundry facilities, multipurpose room, TV lounge, vending machines; Central Residential Area
Washington Hall
Floors: 19
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, Z-rooms
Special Features: Classrooms, community lounges, laundry facilities, recreation room with TV and pool table, vending machines, Wellness Center; Southwest Residential Area
Webster Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Academic learning communities, kitchens, laundry facilities, main piano lounge, recreation room with TV and pool table, study lounges, vending machines; Orchard Hill Residential Area
Wheeler Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Central Gallery for display of artwork, kitchen lounge, laundry facilities, recreation room with TV and pool table, study lounge, vending machines; Central Residential Area

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Lincoln Apartments
Floors: 2, in each of 11 buildings
Number of Units: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features laundry facilities, recycling, vending machines
North Apartments
Floors: 5, in each of four buildings
Number of Units: 50–99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include air conditioning, cable TV, Ethernet connection, full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features close to classes, coed living option, laundry facilities, residents can stay during school breaks, utilities included

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