Students at UMass Amherst

Student Life


Change-makers. Innovators. Tomorrow’s visionaries. That’s the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Here, you’ll become a part of a vibrant, open community where bold, revolutionary thinking is celebrated—whether you join us on campus or online, and wherever you are in the world. From virtual connections like FIFA and Madden tournaments and online movie nights, to on-campus activities like club sports and student-led social, academic, and activism organizations, you’ll always find a way to connect with other students and the world.

Students dining at UMass Amherst

For those students who live on campus here at UMass Amherst, we want you to feel like we are your second home. You can choose everything from traditional residence halls, to suites and apartments, to Defined Residence Communities, where you live with people who share your values and interests.

And whether you live on campus or only visit us occasionally, UMass Amherst makes sure to keep you going with our award-winning dining program, which sources 30% of our produce locally.

Students playing Foosball during UMass Arcade Night

Beekeeping? Water Polo? Spoken word poetry? Whatever your interest, you’re bound to find a community who loves it, too, here at UMass Amherst. With more than 400 organizations, intramural and club sports, and a robust volunteering network, UMass is a place where you can expand your boundaries, find new passions, and make new friends at every turn.

UMass graduate's mortar board message

The health, safety, and progress of our UMass Amherst students are paramount to us. We offer caring and robust services to help you conquer any challenges you come across during your educational journey, from academic advising, to mental and physical health care, to the celebration and support of diversity of all kinds.

Town of Amherst

Welcome to Amherst. The birthplace of Emily Dickinson. Home to rock stars. And the heart of the Pioneer Valley. Where the sweeping views of the Connecticut River are a backdrop for hundreds of possible adventures, from hiking a rocky peak to exploring a local artist's exhibit at a museum, from eating freshly baked apple cider donuts at a farmstand to uncovering a hidden gem in a shop in Northampton. Where will your adventure start?