Living On Campus or Off Campus

On-Campus Housing

Joint Admissions and MassTransfer graduates may choose to live in the MassTransfer Residential Transfer Program living and learning community.  This program allows community college graduates to live and learn together while being supported in their transition to UMass Amherst.  This program is located in McNamara Hall in the Sylvan residential area, which houses many entering transfer students.  Joint Admissions and MassTransfer graduates are also given preference in the housing process over all other transfer students for on-campus housing beyond these reserved spots.

The Housing Preference Application is available on the Housing and Residential Life web site.

Visit the Housing and Residence Life Web site to learn more about the different types of on-campus housing at UMass Amherst.

Off-Campus Housing

Housing and Residence Life maintains an Off-Campus Housing Referrals Web site to help students in their search for off-campus housing and to help them work successfully with property owners.

Parking on Campus

There are a variety of ways to park on campus if you plan to keep a car here or commute. There are some parking lots reserved for on- and off-campus students that require permits. Students can also choose to purchase occasional parking permits. Visitor and Campus Center Garage parking are also options for short visits to campus.

Go to the Parking Services Web site for complete information about parking on campus. You should also look at the Commuter Options Program page to explore other commuting options.

Buses

Many students who live off campus use the UMass Transit buses for their commute. The buses are free for students during the academic year. There are routes throughout Amherst and surrounding towns, with many stops near common off-campus housing areas. Buses also travel to the other schools in the Five College Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith). Go to the UMass Transit Web site for information, routes, and schedules.