UMass Amherst students have known it for years: Amherst is one of the top college towns in North America, offering the perfect blend of New England natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture and energy.
Besides being home to UMass Amherst, a top-ranked public university, here are some other reasons why Amherst is a great place to live and learn:
Five College Consortium
UMass Amherst is joined with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, or Smith College in a consortium that sponsors a variety of cooperative programs. Most notably, students are entitled to participate in a course exchange program which allows them to enroll in courses on the other campuses without additional cost. Also freely available to students are the libraries at each institution!
UMass Transit Services provides free bus and van service to eight local communities and the Five Colleges. And all the buses have bike racks.
Vibrant social and cultural environment
Stroll Amherst’s flourishing downtown with galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and bookstores. The area has 10 museums as well as art, craft, and food fairs. Here's a great video!
Fun, affordable restaurants
Amherst has dozens. In the mood for authentic Chinese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, or African food? Affordable pub fare? Meet friends for popovers. Or sample something different, like a basil tea roll.
Beautiful natural setting
The picturesque Amherst area is laced with hiking trails, swimming holes, and bike trails to explore.