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New Undergraduate Students

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Congratulations on your choice to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst! We are sure that you are excited about coming to campus and joining the UMass Amherst community.

First-Year Students
The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE on Monday, November 10, 2014, through 11:59pm on Monday, January 5, 2015.   All applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, January 9, 2015. For more information about the Residential First Year Experience, please visit www.housing.umass.edu/living/rfye.

First-Year Student Application Dates

The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE on Monday, November 10, 2014, through 11:59pm on Monday, January 5, 2015. All applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, January 9, 2015. First year students will be assigned to spaces within the Residential First-Year Experience; more information about this program can be found here.

Submitting a First-Year Student Preference Application

New undergraduate students will request on-campus housing using the Housing Preference Application on SPIRE. Students will receive their NetID and password for SPIRE after their admissions deposit is processed. For step-by-step instructions on how to submit the Housing Preference application, please watch the Online Video Tutorials. Students can also seek assistance from Residential Life staff during New Student Orientation.

Transfer Students

Availability of Space

McNamara Hall in the Sylvan Residential Area has been reserved for transfer students attending the university.  Because of these additional spaces, Residential Life Student Services will guarantee an on-campus assignment to all on-time transfer students who submit a preference application.

Transfer Student Application Dates

The Housing Preference Application will be available on SPIRE Monday, November 10, 2014 through 11:59pm on Friday, January 5, 2015. All on time applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Submitting a Transfer Preference Application

New undergraduate transfer students will request on-campus housing using the Housing Preference Application on SPIRE. Students will receive their NetID and password for SPIRE after their admissions deposit is processed. For step-by-step instructions on how to submit the Housing Preference application, please watch the Online Video Tutorials. Students can also seek assistance from Residential Life staff during New Student Orientation.

For additional information about residential living options for transfer students, please visit the New Transfer Student page.

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Late Applicants

Newly admitted freshman and transfer students who miss the housing application deadline will have the opportunity to participate in the Late Spring Assignment Process to secure an on campus assignment for spring 2015. Since all on time applications have been processed at this point, we expect that most available spaces for transfers will be double occupancy rooms in Sylvan.  First-Year students will be assigned to available spaces in a first-year hall.

Process for Participating in the Late Spring Assignment Process

Between January 6th and January 14th, send an email to Living@umass.edu rank ordering all areas of campus. Please note: North Apartments are billed at a significantly higher rate and should only be included if you are interested in Apartment-Style housing.
After all on-time housing requests have been processed, we will begin assigning Late Applications on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students will receive email confirmation of their assignment status when they have been assigned to a space. 

NOTE: By submitting an email request, students are indicating that they will accept any available assignment.  Students who receive a housing assignment and later cancel their space, will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule detailed below.

Cancelling Your Housing Contract
New students may cancel their preference application without charge by contacting the Residential Life Student Services by phone until 5:00pm, Thursday, January 8, 2015. Students who decide not to attend the University or not to live in on-campus housing and who receive an assignment on January 9, 2015 will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule below. To cancel your Housing Contract, call Residential Life Student Services at (413) 545-2100.

Fall 2014 Process Begins Ends
$225 Cancellation Fee Period 5:00pm Jan. 8, 2015 Upon Check-In
$500 Cancellation Fee Period Upon Check-In 5th week of spring 2015 semester


Please note: Contacting another department on campus including the Admissions Office and the Registrar's Office does not constitute a cancellation request. As stated in the Housing Contract, the student must contact Residential Life Student Services directly by calling 413-545-2100 and requesting a cancellation.

Students Needing Medical Accommodations
Students who require accommodations due to mobility or other disabilities should contact Disability Services at 413-545-0892 for assistance and additional information, as all such students must first register with Disability Services in order to qualify for services. Disability Services and Residential Life Student Services will work with otherwise qualified students to accommodate their needs. The University has a practice of relocating programs and activities when necessary to make the programs and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Medical Accommodations, please visit this page.

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