Office of Residential Life

Welcome to the Office of Residential Life at Amherst College.

Welcome to the Office of Residential Life

We Are Here For You!

We are dedicated to working with our students and encourage you to make an appointment (in-person or Zoom) whenever possible to ensure that we are available to meet with you.

On behalf of our entire staff, we wish to extend our welcome to you. It is our sincere hope that you will find your experiences in our residence halls both rewarding and valuable in terms of personal growth, lasting friendships, and future development.

In addition to individual actions and expectations, we also have a collective responsibility as members of the Amherst College community. This responsibility includes mutual support and respect in addition to accountability to each other for the collective health and wellbeing of all members of our community.

Our Residential Community

All students are expected to adhere to the policies outlined in our Residential Life and Community Guidelines, as well as those found in the Student Code of Conduct and other official College publications. Our Community Development Coordinators (CDCs) and Community Advisors (CAs) will help you cultivate a sense of community within the residence halls and motivate more conversations and awareness around health/well-being, inclusion, personal responsibility, and social engagement. In partnership with a robust academic experience, these collaborations should create an environment where you will thrive.

To begin, select one of the following options to learn more about our residential areas, residential halls and theme communities.

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Residential Areas

There are six residential areas around campus, including the First-Year Quad and the new Greenway, King and Weiland areas. Learn More

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Residence Halls

We host 34 student residence halls and houses—seven comprise our first-year quad and twenty-seven halls and houses. Learn More

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Theme Communities

Our students have been encouraged to form Theme Communities, some, under the sponsorship of staff/faculty advisors.  Learn More


Residential Life partners with the new Student Affairs Operations Team!

Housing operations has moved to the newly created Student Affairs Operations Team. The OSA Ops team is responsible for support and resources related to residence hall buildings, arrival to and departure from housing, room key, card access, on-campus student storage, and other logistical questions about living on campus.

Please visit their website for questions or concerns related to any of the housing operations areas listed above.

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Community Living Guidelines

All students must agree to the Community Living Guidelines’ terms and conditions to obtain housing on campus. Follow ther link below and read these guidelines carefully. Reach out to reslife@amherst.edu if you have any questions.

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Meet Our Professional Staff

We’re here to help you with your residential life at Amherst College. Meet our professional staff and reach out for assistance or more information.