Explore and discover life on campus at UMass Amherst.
Discover the many aspects of campus—your new home! First, you’ll need to learn to find your way around campus.
Getting around Campus – UMass Amherst has a large campus. You can walk, bike, or take the bus to get around. Take time to review the campus map and find the buildings where your classes will be held. Before classes each semester, map out and walk your daily path from your residence hall to classes. View our campus maps.
Once you’ve learned your walk around, get involved! Make campus your community. From clubs/organizations to quiet places to relax to employment, there’s something for everyone on campus at UMass Amherst.
Residence Life – If you live on campus, get involved with your residence hall through house council, area government, advisor boards, cultural centers, and the Residence Hall Association. By living at UMass Amherst, you are living and learning with your peers. Living with others in the residence halls is an experience that is educational, insightful, and at times challenging, but offers a number of rewards and positive experiences.
Engagement & Involvement – Engage and connect to campus through student activities. Ranging from clubs and organizations to University Programming Council and student governance, you are bound to find an activity aligned with your interests or something new to try.
Civic Engagement & Service Learning – Promote lifelong learning, engage citizenship, partner with communities on and off campus to do more for society through Civic Engagement and Service Learning.
Off Campus Student Life – Do you live off campus? The Off Campus Student Center is for you! Stop by between classes to enjoy a cup of coffee, study, or simply relax. If you are thinking about living off campus, Off Campus Student Life will help you navigate the options and processes.
Meditation – Guided or on your own, there are two places on campus for you to meditate. Connect with Religious and Spiritual Life for weekly meditation groups or visit Campus Recreation’s Meditation Corner to find stillness in your busy day, to sit, breath, and meditate. There are nondenominational, student-led meditation groups that meet weekly while the university is in session.
Student Veterans Resource Center – Stop by the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) for a comfortable place to study, relax, meet other student veterans, learn about and access resources, or just have a cup of coffee!
Who do I talk to about a roommate disagreement?
Talk to your resident assistant, assistant residence director, or residence director about your situation. They can provide advice and support to help you effectively navigate your roommate relationship. Review the Roommate Agreement.
How can I connect my major to civic engagement and public service?
Consider the Civic Engagement and Public Service certificate program offering students an opportunity to prepare for a life of community engagement for political and social change.
What’s the best method of transportation in and around campus?
Most students prefer to walk or bike around campus. For cyclists, there are bike racks throughout campus. Make sure to secure your bike to the rack. Depending on where you are traveling to and from, you may also consider taking the PVTA buses. They’ll let you transport your bike by bus.