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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
135 Hicks Way / 401 Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003 USA
phone (413) 545-2383
fax (413) 545-0996

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  • Get a campus map 
  • Fly here: Bradley International (Windsor Locks, CT, 1 hour from Amherst; Logan Airport, Boston, 2 hours from Amherst).
  • To get here from Bradley: Peter Pan Bus (1-800-343-9999) or Valley Transporter (1-800-872-8752). Peter Pan has a regular schedule and stops in Amherst Center and on the UMass campus. Valley Transporter currently costs $45 each way; you should reserve their service well in advance.
  • To get here from Logan: Take an airport bus to South Station in Boston, and then a Peter Pan Bus (1-800-343-9999) to Amherst.
  • You can stay on campus, at the Campus Center Hotel (1-877-822-2110;, or you can stay at local hotels or bed and breakfasts (Google "Amherst MA hotels" for a long list).
  • Getting to campus: There is a free local PVTA bus service to the campus (buses stop at Haigis Mall and other locations; see the campus map).
  • If you are driving, visit our parking options page.

Life in the Pioneer Valley

One of the benefits of attending college or graduate school at UMass is living in the Amherst area. Amherst is a small town in a beautiful rural region of western Massachusetts. The area abounds with cultural, entertainment, and sports opportunities. We are part of the 5-College Consortium (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), and we collectively import a large amount of music, theater, dance, and other cultural activities. The area also is well known for the arts, crafts, and music with nationally famous artists and performers living in the region. 

We are a two-hour drive from Boston, a three-hour drive from New York City, and a one-hour drive to the Berkshires and Tanglewood (center of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer performances) and major theater, dance, and other programs. The region is a lovely area of hills, forests, and rivers which afford a rich variety of outdoor activities. Popular are bicycling, hiking, cross-country and Alpine skiing, flatwater and whitewater canoeing, and ocean sports (the coast is about a two-hour drive). The Department is adjacent to a recreation center, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, and other facilities, which are available for use by graduate students. The University competes mostly in Division I athletics and fields a distinguished marching band.