Amherst is a place where learning includes living. We guarantee housing for all students for all four years. Almost all of our students live on campus. And all first-year students live in dormitories on our first-year quad, right in the heart of campus. Our students eat great meals with great friends in Valentine Dining Hall, which offers delicious dietary options, with food sourced from local farms, including our own Book & Plow Farm.

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Residence Halls

has 34 residence halls. Seven of these buildings are for first-year students. Housing for sophomores, juniors, and seniors is available in a variety of configurations, including suites, doubles, singles, and theme housing. Find detailed information about Housing at Amherst.

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Theme Houses

Some sophomores, juniors and seniors choose to live in theme houses, which allow students who share an interest to be together on the same floor or residence hall. There are currently 10 theme houses on campus.

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Dining at Amherst

Our dining locations are bright, cheerful spaces where you can settle in for real conversations. Our food is real too. We use fresh, local ingredients, much of which we grow on our own farm and in our hydroponic greenhouse. Learn more about dining at Amherst.

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Office of Residential Life

Our staff includes deans, area coordinators and 62 student resident counselors, all of whom are dedicated to creating a rewarding and valuable residential experience. Learn more about Residential Life.

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Gathering Spaces

The college’s four new residence halls are “...the first of three projects that will be the biggest transformation of physical campus since the founding of the College.” —President Biddy Martin