UMass Amherst offers the choices of a large, diverse campus with the community feel of a small college. Located in the pioneer valley of Western Massachusetts, as a student in the MBA program, you have a variety of options for housing, transportation, and community involvement.
The Graduate Business Association (GBA) has prepared an informative housing guide to provide incoming students first-hand information on where to look for housing in the Amherst region. Some students live on campus while others live off campus in Amherst, or the surrounding towns of Sunderland, Hadley, Belchertown, or Northampton. Here is the latest housing guide.
There are two main parking options -
buying a parking pass through the University, or buying a pass to park in the
lot belonging to the Baptist Church that is located directly across from the
Isenberg School of Management.
Many people prefer the church lot because it is closer than the lots you can get into through the university. However, it is more expensive and passes are sold in person on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets don't go on sale for the church lot until July. The phone number for the church is (413) 549-3596
University parking is discounted through your graduate assistantship. The sooner you contact the university about parking the more likely you will be able to get a parking location closer to Isenberg. Visit UMass Amherst Parking Services.
Please note that many students choose to take the bus. Depending on where you live, this can be a very viable option, and it's free. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) runs many different bus routes throughout the Pioneer Valley. Using your UMass ID card, you will have unlimited free access to the PVTA buses. There are several buses that stop at UMass, some very near the Isenberg School of Management. The buses also run to the major grocery stores and shopping mall. For more information on bus stop locations and routes, visit www.pvta.com.
There are several options available for lunch and other meals. The Newman Center and the Whitmore Administration Cafe offer quick food and beverage options and both are located within a 2 minute walk from the Isenberg School of Management. Other popular choices for dining are the UMass Campus Center as well as downtown Amherst which is only a five minute drive from campus. In addition, many students choose to bring their lunch to school. The MBA Lounge, which is located on the second floor of the Isenberg School of Management, has a refrigerator and two microwave ovens available for your use. Some students also choose to sign up for UMass's award winning campus meal plan.
Currently there are three professional clubs associated with the Isenberg MBA program. The Graduate Business Association (GBA) has had an impressive history of enhancing the academic experience, meeting professional development needs, providing social opportunities for the graduate students, and contributing back to both the Isenberg community and the larger community in which we live, work, and play. The Isenberg chapter of Net Impact seeks to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. MBA Women in Business is a professional development club, providing career support and raising awareness of the unique issues and challenges facing women in the workplace. More information about the clubs can be found here.
A laptop is not required, and the professors do not expect you to have a computer to use in class. However, you are expected to have access to a computer for homework assignments, to access course websites, etc. If you are looking to buy a laptop, the University Bookstore in the Campus Center is a good place to look. The University Bookstore has access to student discounts from a number of prominent computer manufacturers. There are also computer labs in the Isenberg School of Management, which you can access using your university logon. Using your UCard, you may also pay for printing in the computer labs.
On campus, graduate student may use the Campus Recreation Center.
The price for graduate students is $100 per semester. Students can also participate in intramural sports teams (often the MBA program organizes teams for several sports each semester). Most UMass sporting events are
played at the Mullins Center. Tickets for many basketball and hockey games are
discounted for graduate students. Click here to access the Mullins Center website.
Some off-campus gym options include: Hampshire Athletic Club, Northampton Athletic Club, The Body Tailer, Planet Fitness, and Pioneer Valley Crossfit.
You can access the library databases and resources online using your UMass ID and password. Books can be checked out using your UCard. Visit the University Library Online website.
To access a map of the entire UMass campus, please click here. An interactive campus map is also available through the UMass iPhone or Android app.
UMass ID cards, or "U-Cards" can be obtained at the Whitmore Administration Building, Room 168. You can put money on this card for use to buy food at Whitmore Cafe, to make copies, to take out library books or to print in the Isenberg School of Management computer lab. The card also gets you free use of the PVTA buses, and discounted movie tickets.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have at 413-545-5608 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to speak with you.