Parking and Transportation

Public Transportation

The University operates a fare-free bus system that serves the University campus, the town of Amherst, and many surrounding communities. During the daytime, the Campus Shuttle Service operates every 15 minutes around campus. Campus Shuttle Schedule Monday - Friday: 7:05 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. To obtain schedule information call UMass Transit, 545-0056 or visit their website at Schedule information for the hearing impaired is available by calling 545-2086. Schedule information for Northampton and other Pioneer Valley communities is available at 586-5806. 


If you bring a car to campus, be sure to familiarize yourself with the parking and traffic regulations issued by the Parking Services Offices. To obtain a copy of the regulations, call 545-0065 or visit the Parking Services website at Parking is allowed only in designated areas. Unless you park at a meter or in the parking garage, you must register with Parking Services and purchase a parking permit. The permit will be issued for your specific car and will be valid only in a specific location. Overnight parking restrictions are in effect in many parking lots from December 1 to April 1 to facilitate snow removal. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Parking tickets must be paid within 21 days or you will be assessed additional penalties. 


If you bring a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized pedicycle to campus, you must register with Parking Services and purchase a parking permit that will be valid only in designated areas. You may not store motorized vehicles inside living quarters at any time. Nor may you place them in any other interior space in the residence halls. 


You may have a bicycle on campus, but be aware that only some of the residence halls have bicycle storage areas. You may keep your bicycle in your room, but you will be billed for any damage to the room or furniture resulting from storing the bicycle. You may not chain your bicycle to stair railing, pipes, or other fixtures in common areas. If you store a bicycle in an unauthorized area, it may be removed by Environmental Health and Safety or Housing Services personnel. 

Walking Escort Service 

The Department of Public Safety provides an escort service, during the academic year, for all members of the University community and campus visitors. Walking escorts will be provided to and from all areas of campus every night from 7:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Call 545-2123 (Escort Service) or 545-2121 (Police Dispatch) to request a walking escort.

Zip Cars

Zip Car rentals are now parked on campus in Lot 71 near Whitmore and Lot 43 in Northeast. For more information and reservations visit

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