Off Campus Student Services provides a variety of educational and social programs geared toward off campus and transfer students.
Our events include:
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.
We offer multiple, free cooking classes throughout the semester in collaboration with UMass Dining and University Health Services. In each class, students learn how to cook a healthy meal on a budget. After preparing each meal, all attendees get to eat the created meal.
Food Shopping 101
Participants travel to multiple grocery stories in the region (i.e., Big Y, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods) to learn about strategies to effectively shop for inexpensive and healthy food options. By participating, you can also learn about budgeting for food purchases.
Monday Coffee Breaks
Stop by the Off Campus Student Center every Monday morning during the school year for free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate!
Positive Presence Program
Positive Presence refers to the community service activities of Off Campus Student Services. The PPP aims to instill a sense of community among students both by organizing service-based projects and through educating students on what it means to be a contributing citizen. Activities include tree planting, fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, and food/clothing donation collection.
Renting 101 aims to educate students about tenant and landlord legal responsibilities. The Program is implemented in partnership with Student Legal Services.
In Renting 102, participants learn about paying rent and utilities in their first apartment. Presenters include representatives from UMass Five College Credit Union.
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.
Subletting 101 aims to educate students who signed 12-month leases but who will not in the Amherst region over the summer. An attorney from Student Legal Services discusses different types of sublets and how students can protect themselves through the process.
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.