amherst has long been recognized as one of america’s best college towns, and the university of massachusetts is proud to be part of this exciting and vibrant community. the university is dedicated to being a good neighbor and committed to developing and maintaining community partnerships that support area citizens, businesses, and organizations. we invite you to explore the amherst area, learn about its history and traditions, and discover its attractions. from restaurants to shops to museums, there is plenty to see and do.

downtown amherst

check out downtown amherst for great food, shopping and fun! there's even a free trolley to get you there from campus!

amherst area chamber of commerce

explore the amherst area: discover our museums, walk our trails, visit our shops and eat in our restaurants. so much to see and do!

making a difference

from jobs to community service to research expertise, umass amherst is making an impact on the local communities. to learn more, read our community impact report.

campus and community coalition (ccc)

the ccc to reduce high risk drinking is an award-winning, nationally-recognized collaboration that brings together the university, town leaders, retail partners and community members to protect the health of our students.