Safety Escorts and Transportation

UMass/Amherst is a very safe, walkable, and well illuminated campus, however it is also a large campus. It's ok to feel uncertain walking around, especially at night. It's a good idea to be speaking with people as you walk around campus, and many students use this time to check in with friends or family, or your roomate. If you would be more comfortable walking with someone, we offer a walking escort service through our Residence Hall Security department. 

Walking Escort Service

During the academic semester walking teams of students with mobile radios are available for safe escort across campus during the following hours:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 9pm-11 pm
  • Thursday: 9pm-12 am
  • Friday & Saturday: 9pm-2 am

  Call (413) 545-2123 to make arrangements for a safety escort.



UMass Transit, (413) 545-0056, operates the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) campus shuttle and buses for the Five Colleges and the towns of Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley, and Sunderland. The buses travel throughout UMass Amherst and to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Smith College and other areas in Northampton, the local malls, and other parts of the Pioneer Valley.

  • Check the PVTA Schedules.
  • Hours are approximately 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. except during reduced scheduling.
  • During the academic year, buses are free to students and employees.
  • Be prepared to show a valid ID.

585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.