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Sometimes students decide to stay at UMass in the summer, whether it is to take summer classes or maybe they got a job or internship in the area. I have numerous friends that have done this in the past and one of the most difficult things is deciding where to live and finding summer housing. Here are some ways to find summer housing, depending on your preferences.

The first obvious choice is to live on campus and to utilize UMass’s summer housing program. There are numerous dorms on campus that operate in the summer that are fully functional for any student interested in living there. The perks of this are, of course, being on campus and close to the rest of the facilities and resources. If you are taking summer classes, this may be the best option since everything is such close proximity. UMass even has summer meal plans in case you don’t want to cook your own food or spend your money constantly eating out.

If you have an internship or job that is not on campus, finding an off-campus housing situation may be better. To find these you can go to social media platforms such as Facebook, as see if other students are subletting their houses/apartments for the summer. A lot of undergraduate students decide to sublet their houses for the summer because they will not be in Amherst. You can find postings for this on Facebook, Craigslist, and more. This is a better situation if you have a car and are more interested in living somewhere specific rather than on campus.

If you would rather live in your own place and do not prefer to sublease, there are some apartment complexes that offer summer leasing within the area. With a Google search or a few phone calls, you will be able to find numerous places such as Olympia Place, that offer housing specifically for the summer. Although more expensive, this is still a viable alternative.

Whichever you choose, living in Amherst for the summer is an enjoyable experience that the majority of students will not experience. Being from the area, I can attest that during the summer the weather in western Massachusetts is stellar and there is always a ton to do!



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