UMass Amherst is the largest public research university in New England. Many incoming students are worried about the size and getting around campus. I was in that same situation my freshman year, and I'm here to tell you that there are a few things you can do to make getting around UMass a lot easier!
Get the UMass Bus App
Two of the biggest concerns students have are the distance between their residence halls and classes, and the distance in between classes. Luckily, UMass offers a reliable and easy-to-use bus system that anyone can use for free! If you go to the Google Play Store or App Store and search “UMass Bus,” you should be able to find the application right away. It might take a little while to get used to it, but having the app shows where bus stops are, what time the bus is arriving, and if there are any delays. The bus system was something I used almost every single day my freshman year, and it can also take you off campus to many other locations.
Use Google Maps
Another concern students have is being able to locate and find the buildings of their class. In this case, I used Google Maps, which was very reliable. All you need to do is put in the name of the location you are looking for and it should pop up. Then you can choose the walking route instead of the driving route, and Google Maps will map you a walking path to exactly where you have to go. You can do this with any building at UMass so getting lost should not be an issue at all!
Bring your Bike
If you are not a fan of walking and you don’t want to use public transportation, you can always bring your own bicycle to UMass. The campus is extremely biker-friendly, and there are bike lanes and paths you can use to get around campus. There are also bike racks scattered around everywhere for you to safely lock your bicycle. Some students even bring longboards and electric skateboards to get around. This is a good way to travel, but you'll need to plan to carry them once you're at your building since there are no place to lock them.
Getting around UMass isn't as intimidating as it may seem at first. There are many options and resources students can use to get from one side of campus to the other.