New Student Guide

Arrival and Travel

New students are expected to arrive on campus between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. This means you must plan accordingly when making travel plans. If you -- and possibly your family -- arrive before Tuesday, September 1, you may want to stay in local accommodations. 


Amherst College is accessible by car, bus, train, or plane, with a Peter Pan bus station and an Amtrak train station located within walking distance of the College. There are also major bus and train terminals in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut is approximately a 45-minute drive from Amherst, and Boston's Logan International Airport is approximately a two-hour drive from the College. For transportation from the airports to campus, we recommend Valley Transporter, which makes regular runs to both airports and can be booked by calling 800-872-8752 or and A to Z Taxi, reachable at 413-687-9317. Prior arrangements need to be made to book these services, usually with at least 24 hours notice. There is more information about getting to Amherst College here.

Domestic students traveling a great distance may request permission to move into their room after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31 by submitting the New Student Early Arrival Request Form. (Please note that this does not apply to international students, who will plan their early arrival through International Student Services.)

New Student Arrival

During new student arrival, you will be welcomed in the lobby of Converse Hall, where you will be able to pick up your room key and receive information about Orientation. Resident Counselors and Orientation Leaders will be on hand to pass out packets, greet new students and answer questions. Resident Counselors will also be on hand in the first-year dorms, as will upperclass students who will assist new students and families with parking, moving in, and answering questions.

Staff from the Financial Aid Office, the Controller’s Office, and Health Services will be conveniently located in Converse Hall during new student arrival. Students who owe any financial obligations or have paperwork to complete should clear up any holds they may have on their student account.

New students who arrive after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 can get their room key at Campus Police, which is open 24 hours per day.