Housing for Incoming UMA Scholars
Housing can become a problem if not sorted out far enough in advance. One positive to keep in mind is that with the extensive 5-college/PVTA free bus service to outlying communities, you needn’t concentrate on heavily populated Amherst areas. In general, it’s hard to tell where the majority of graduate students live. Many prefer Northampton (on the other side of the bridge), but most are spread all over the place. Hadley, Pelham, Belchertown, and Sunderland are all nearby options--ask around for preferences!
The following are a starting point as much as anything else, but try to plan ahead as much as possible. Housing becomes scarce come mid-to-late August when students return to the area, and if you haven’t worked in the area before some property management companies will want income verification for the Fall/Spring or the bulk of one years’ rent paid up front.
For other UMass-community listings, check out the UMOCH/UMOCSS website. Whether you find anything there seems to be a matter of timing and luck, but it is well worth a try.