Programs and Events

Off Campus Student Services provides a variety of educational and social programs geared toward off campus and transfer students.

Check out our current programs and events on our Facebook or Campus Pulse pages.

Fall Photo Contest

Show us what you love about the Pioneer Valley in the fall! Enter your best off-campus fall photos in our contest, October 12 – 16, then stop by the OCSC the following week to vote for your top pick. Winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 23; the top three finishers will win a prize! Get the submission instructions.

Living Off Campus Certification

Living Off Campus Certification is an online tool for a heads-up on rental applications, off campus housing costs, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities & more!
It's recommended or required by landlords and the University, and it only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Register or sign-in to and click the big red Living Off Campus Certification button. Landlords can verify completion online and you're all set.

OCSC Events

Apartment Complex Bus Tours

Students and their families can tour multiple off campus housing complexes in the greater Amherst region. Using UMass Transit buses, participants learn about housing options, PVTA bus services, and resources for moving off campus.

Monday Coffee Breaks
Monday Coffee Breaks

Stop by the Off Campus Student Center every Monday morning during the school year for free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate!

Team Positive Presence

Team Positive Presence (TPP) is a student led initiative focused on peer to peer interactions that are positive, helpful and kind. TPP promotes a positive environment for students during both University sponsored and student-initiated events. The goals of the TPP program are to facilitate a culture of safe celebrations, increase the sense of community among UMass students, and create a positive social atmosphere on campus. This will be accomplished through the use of active bystandership, positive social messaging, education of University and Amherst regulations and laws, and social norming techniques.

Team Positive Presence Information and Application

Spring Into Fun
Spring into Fun: Off Campus Student Week

Each April, Off Campus Student Services hosts a week of social events for off campus students. Past activities include free yoga classes, smoothie socials, cookie decorating, and tie dye shirt making.

UMass Night Out: Karaoke in the Center

As part of a campus-wide initiative, UMass Night Out, the Off Campus Student Center hosts karaoke nights for students the first Friday of every month. Come sing your heart out to songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today. Sing individually or as a group. Or if you do not want sing, come watch and support your fellow students!


Provide off campus students with winter tips on creating winter emergency car kits and preventing pipes from freezing. Student decorated cookies, played board games, and made fleece blankets for Craig’s Doors, a local non-profit shelter.