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Important notes

  • All photo enthusiasts are welcome! You do not need to be a member of a Camera Club, Professional Photographers of America or Meetup group in order to attend.
  • Each attendee must register for the conference individually. You can register multiple attendees online by first completing one registration and then clicking the “Create Additional Registration” button. 
  • UMass Conference Services makes every attempt to accommodate all room and suite assignment requests but there are no guarantees. Priority is given to early registrants.
  • Housing assignments will be sent to all guests in early July. Your specific building/room assignments will not be available before this time.
  • The refundable key/access card deposit for on-campus residence hall lodging guests is $70.00. A deposit check must be provided at residence hall check-in and will be returned to you uncashed at check-out when you return your key and access card. Guests will be charged $50.00 for any lost/damaged key and/or $20.00 for any lost/damaged card.
  • New this year! We have added many new registration options, including more pre-conference workshops, conference workshops, and photo walks! Click through the tabs above to learn more. 
  • Reminder: the Campus Center Parking Garage is now automated. Upon your arrival to the garage take a gate ticket and park like previous years, but bring your gate ticket in with you. When you check-in at the registration desk you will be provided with a parking coupon for each day of the program. As you leave each day you will need to stop at one of the garage pay stations before returning to your car. Enter your gate ticket in the pay station and, when prompted, scan the QR code on the parking coupon. This will give you a discounted rate of $6.50/day (valid for one exit). After you submit payment your gate ticket will be validated. As you drive out of the garage enter your validated gate ticket at the exit to raise the gate. Note: you should only stop at the pay station when you are about to leave for the day. Click the Directions & Parking tab above to learn more. 
  • Reminder: if you plan to submit a group registration you don’t need to wait to sign-up for housing, pre-conference events, conference workshops, or photo walks! Click “Register Now” above to sign-up for any optional lodging, pre-conference or conference events – simply select “3-Day Group Registration” when prompted for a registration type. You will then be able to advance through the online page to register for any of these optional add-ons (note: because space is limited in housing, pre-conference events and conference workshops/photo walks, you should pay in full for all of these now and then send a separate $184.50 payment with your group packet). You must then arrange with your group to have 20+ paper registration forms with payment mailed to UMass Conference Services by the June 21 deadline. 

Group Registrants

You should also register online early to optimize your chance of receiving your choice for housing, workshops, photo walk …

Select 3-Day Group Registration when prompted for a registration type.

Registration

We are offering the same low registration prices for this year’s conference – registration prices haven’t increased in the past few years! Registration can be completed by mail, fax or by using the online registration page. Phone registrations are not accepted. Please note that no registration fee is required for children under 13. Registration fees, including fees for meals, lodging and optional events (if selected), should be paid in full when registering. If you register online and select to pay by check you must mail your registration fees to the address below within two weeks of your registration. Checks should be made payable to UMass Conference Services.

  • Early Bird Registration by June 21
    • Individual, all 3 Days : $205.00
    • Individual, Saturday and Sunday only : $180.00
    • Individual, Friday OR Saturday only : $150.00
  • Group Registration by June 21*
    • Individual, all 3 Days : $184.50
      • To receive the discounted group rate, mail 20 or more completed individual registration forms with full payment to the UMass Conference Services Registration Office by June 21 in one single envelope.Attendees who plan to register at the group rate may use this online page to register for lodging, meal plans and/or optional events in advance of this deadline (simply click “3-Day Group Registration” when asked for registration type).
  • Registration after June 21
    • Individual, all 3 Days : $245.00
    • Individual, Saturday and Sunday only : $220.00
    • Individual, Friday OR Saturday only : $170.00

Meal Plans

  • Five Prepaid Meals ($63.38) – dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday – valid only at Franklin Dining Commons
  • Four Prepaid Meals ($47.39) – breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday – valid only at Franklin Dining Commons   
  • Food Service on a cash basis – available in the Campus Center and Dining Commons 

On-campus Housing

  • Traditional Residence Halls ($43.26 per person, per night):
    Attendees can select to stay in a non-air-conditioned traditional residence hall on Friday and Saturday night. Each room will a twin bed, dresser, desk and chair per guest. Public bathrooms are centrally located on each floor and rest rooms and public areas are cleaned daily. Guests will be provided with a linen pack consisting of two flat sheets, a blanket, a pillow with case and two towels. No toiletries or additional amenities are provided and it is recommended that you bring a small desk-top fan. At this time we anticipate all traditional residence hall guests will be housed in Brett and/or Brooks Hall in the Central Residential Area, but the exact building(s) have not been determined.
  • North Residence Hall ($61.80 per person, per night):
    The North Residence Halls are suite-like, air-conditioned apartments that are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. If you stay Thursday night you must also reserve for Friday and Saturday nights. Each apartment accommodates a total of four individuals and includes four single, individually lockable bedrooms. Every bedroom has one twin bed, a desk and a dresser. In each suite there are also two full shared bathrooms, a shared living room and a shared kitchen. The kitchen has a stove, microwave and refrigerator, but no kitchen appliances, utensils or dishware is provided. No toiletries or additional amenities/furnishings are included. The North Residence Halls are very popular, so book early! 

Detailed arrival information will be sent to all registered guests the first week of July. This includes room assignments and parking passes.

Cancellation Policy

  • Conference Cancellation Policy: Full conference cancellations received in writing by UMass Conference Services on or before June 5, 2019, will receive a refund less a $80.00 cancellation fee plus 3% administrative fee. Cancellations received after June 5 will receive a refund minus a $80.00 cancellation fee, one night’s residence hall lodging, and the cost of any meal plan selected. Absolutely no refunds will be granted after July 7.
  • Pre-conference & Conference Workshops/Image Review/Critique Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing by UMass Conference Services on or before June 21 will receive a refund minus a $20.00 cancellation fee. Absolutely no refunds will be granted after June 21.
  • Full registration cancellations or cancellations of housing, meal plans and/or workshops, must be received in writing by the UMass Conference Services Registration Office (email registration@umass.edu or fax a letter of cancellation to 413-577-8130). No refund will be granted until a written confirmation is received.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

The conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The hub of the conference is the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center. Many sessions and events will be held in the Campus Center, with additional programming in nearby academic buildings, the Fine Arts Center, and around the campus pond. Click here to take a look at a campus map.

The Campus Center and Campus Center Parking Garage are located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions to the Campus Center Parking Garage. The North Residence Halls are all located on Eastman Lane, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn direction to North (please note this link will provide directions to North D, but as all 4 North buildings are located next to each other these directions can be used regardless of your final building assignment). The traditional residence hall will be located in the Central Residential Area, near Infirmary Way in Amherst MA 01003, but at this time we do not know the exact building that will be used. Campus Center eateries will be open and we anticipate that Franklin Dining Commons will be the main DC. Updates will be posted here and detailed information will be emailed to all registered attendees as the conference approaches.

DRIVING TO CAMPUS

From the South, via I-91 North
Take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, stay to the right to merge onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass Exit. Stay to the right as you exit to merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. 
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left to go up the hill – you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right. 
For North Apartment guests: Commonwealth Avenue will become Governors Drive. Stay on Governors Drive until you reach the rotary. Take the second exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.

From the North, via I-91 South
Take Exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Routes U.S. 5/10/116. Follow until the lights and then turn right to stay on 5/10/116. Go one mile and turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow Route 116 South for eight miles to the UMass exit. Turn left at the stop sign. Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. 
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left to go up the hill – you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right.
For North Apartment guests: Commonwealth Avenue will become Governors Drive. Stay on Governors Drive until you reach the traffic circle. Take the second exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.

From the North, via I-93 South
Follow I-93 to I-495 South. Follow to Route 2 West. Continue on Route 2 to U.S. 202 South. Follow for about 15 miles to the blinking light at the Pelham exit marked “Route 9 and 116 Amherst.” Turn right and follow for seven miles to Amherst center. Turn right onto North Pleasant Street. Stay on North Pleasant Street (you will need to turn left twice to remain on North Pleasant Street, – follow signs to the UMass Campus).
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: as you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay to the left to turn onto Massachusetts Avenue. Follow Massachusetts Avenue through campus until you come to a set of lights. At the lights take a right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and go up the hill – you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right. 
For North Apartment guests: as you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay in the right line and take a right to stay on North Pleasant Street. Follow North Pleasant to the traffic circle. Take the first exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.

From the East or West, via I-90 
Travelers have a choice of four routes:

  • Off Exit 8 (Palmer/Ware): Follow Route 32 South to Palmer; take Route 20 West to Route 181 North into Belchertown, and then Route 9 West to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 7 (Ludlow): Follow Route 21 North to U.S. 202 North to Route 9 West to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 5 (Chicopee): Follow Route 33 North to Route 116 North to Amherst center. Turn left at the light onto Route 9 West. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 4 (West Springfield): I-91 North to Exit 19 to Route 9 East to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.

TRAVELING BY AIR 

If you are traveling to Amherst by plane, the closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (near Hartford). This airport is approximately 45 miles from the UMass campus. Another option is Logan International Airport in Boston, located approximately 90 miles from the UMass campus. Please remember to organize transportation to and from the airport in advance. 

Transportation Services

TRAVELING BY BUS 

The Amherst area is serviced by GreyhoundPeter Pan Bus Lines and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Based on the service you select and route availabilities you should take a bus to Amherst UMass if at all possible instead of Amherst Center (Amherst Center is about 1.5 miles from the UMass Campus). Please be sure to review bus schedules and campus maps before your arrival as both the area and the campus can be confusing to navigate if it is your first time here. 

Parking

Campus Center Parking Garage
Discounted parking coupons for the Campus Center Parking Garage will be available at the conference registration table. These coupons will allow you to park in the garage for a discounted rate of $6.50/day. For GPS purposes, the garage is located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003. Campus Center Way is off of Commonwealth Avenue, across the street from the Mullins Center. After turning onto Campus Center Way proceed up the hill to enter the garage (the garage entrance will be on the right). There is accessible parking and an accessible walkway into the Campus Center on level 2. Alternatively, you may park on levels 3, 4, 5 or 6 and use the Southeast or Northeast Stairwells to access the outdoor campus walkways to the Campus Center. Upon entering the Campus Center follow the signs directing you to the registration desk.  If you do not pick up the discounted parking pass at the on-site registration desk you will need to pay the full hourly rate, currently $1.75/hour. 

Reminder – the Campus Center Parking Garage is now automated! Upon your arrival to the garage take a gate ticket and park like previous years, but bring your gate ticket in with you. When you check-in at the registration desk you will be provided with a parking coupon for each day of the program. As you leave each day you will need to stop at one of the pay stations before heading to your car (there are pay stations located on each level). Enter your gate ticket in the pay station and, when prompted, scan the QR code on the parking coupon. This will give you a discounted rate of $6.50/day. After you submit payment your gate ticket will be validated. As you drive out of the garage enter your validated gate ticket at the exit to raise the gate. Note: you should only stop at the pay station when you are about to leave for you day.

Lot 44
Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 44, the large surface lot located near the North Residential Area. This lot will be serviced throughout the weekend by shuttles. As the conference approaches all attendees will be sent detailed conference information by email, including a listing of frequently asked questions, a highlighted campus map, and a parking pass. The parking pass included in this document should be printed out prior to your arrival to campus, filled out completely, and then displayed on your dashboard at all times throughout the weekend. Do not park in Lot 44, or any other surface lot listed on the pass, without having the parking pass prominently displayed on your dashboard: doing so will result in ticketing and/or towing. 

Residence Hall Guests
Those staying in North should follow the instructions above to park in Lot 44, the closest lot to the North Residential Area. Those staying in traditional residences can similarly park in Lot 44, but will be able to park in a surface lot closer to the traditional building using the emailed parking pass. Once the traditional residence hall being used is determined, guests staying in the traditional building will be updated on additional parking options near their building. Shuttles will run throughout the weekend so guests can take a shuttle or walk from their residence halls to all conference sessions, or may park in the Campus Center Parking Garage (see above). 

Accessible Parking
Attendees with a state-issued disabled parking placard or license plate may park in any marked Reserved Accessible Space, any regular, unreserved space, or any parking meter at no charge. All vehicles, regardless of disabled placards or plates, must pay when utilizing the Campus Center Parking Garage.  Click here for additional information.

For those with limited mobility
Attendees with limited mobility are encouraged to read through the parking details above and/or utilize the shuttles that will operate throughout the weekend. With many convenient stops serviced frequently throughout the weekend, the shuttles are a great option for many attendees.  

Campus Info

UMASS DINING

Recently named “Best Campus Food in America” by the Princeton Review for the third year in a row, UMass Dining invites you to join our table! Our summer guests can find UMass Dining at every corner of campus. With dining commons, retail cafes, food trucks, and more, we welcome you to enjoy all that the UMass Dining experience has to offer.

Dining Commons
Served all-you-care-to-eat style, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m each day in our award winning Dining Commons. At each meal you will find a variety of cuisines, often including sushi, pho noodles, create-your-own stir-fry, pizza, dim sum brunch, pasta and salad bars, deli sandwiches, American fare, Halal dining, vegan and vegetarian options, a range of desserts, ice cream, and more. Daily menus will be available as your stay approaches on the UMass Dining website.

Guests can purchase a meal plan for the Dining Commons during registration. Meal pans are only valid at the Dining Commons: meal cards will not work in the Blue Wall or any other Campus Center or retail eateries.
    Meal Plan 1: 5 Meals, valid for Dinner Friday through Breakfast on Sunday: $63.38     
    Meal Plan 2: 4 Meals, valid for Breakfast on Saturday through Breakfast on Sunday: $47.39

Campus Center Eateries
The Blue Wall, located in the Campus Center, is one of the most popular and convenient dining options on campus. The Blue Wall has 10 different stations served a-la-carte. Offerings include pizza, salads, wraps, deli sandwiches, sushi, burgers, burritos, gelato, and more, ensuring that the Blue Wall has something to satisfy every craving. Harvest Market, located on the main concourse of the Campus Center, is a full-service market serving healthy, sustainable, and delicious fare for our on the go customers. The hot bar often features Indian, Ethiopian, traditional American, and many other world cuisines, and the salad bar is always stocked with in-season ingredients and freshly prepared composed salads. Additional highlights include a Chobani yogurt bar, all natural and organic snacks, local cheeses and deli meats, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, and a made-to-order juice and smoothie bar. Need a quick pick-me-up or caffeine fix? People’s Organic Coffee, located on the main concourse of the Campus Center across from Harvest Market, serves People’s Organic Fair Trade coffees, as well as a variety of specialty coffee beverages, organic teas, locally baked pastries, fresh cookies, salads and paninis.

Construction on Campus Update

Please read the Food Options flyer in your registration packet. It provides additional information not provided here.

Many of you rely on the Blue Wall for a convenient place to get meals during the conference. UMass has managed this unfortunate situation well and have established boutique versions of Blue Wall fare including Greenfields (salads & warps), the Deli (sandwiches), Tamales (Mexican), and Wasabi (Japanese). These are all located in or near the Harvest Market and the People’s Organic Coffee. While the Harvest Market will be open from 7 am to 8 pm the boutiques will be open from 11 am for lunch and dinner. On Sunday, Harvest Market opens at 6 am to accommodate attendees on the early morning photo walks. You can see the menus for each of these food venues here.

Two food trucks will be outside the Blue Wall end of the Campus Centre concourse from 11 am to 3 pm and again at dinner time. Here are the menus for Baby Berk and Baby Berk 2 food trucks.
Seating for meals from these food outlets can be found at various spots on the concourse level, in the Blue Wall seating area near the tunnel to the parking garage, and in the U-Pub starting 5pm Friday and the rest of the weekend.

In the Marriot Center Dining Room (11th floor) is a regular dining room with a Sandwich and Salad Bar available for $10 per person and will be open for lunch Friday (11 am – 1 pm) and Saturday (11 am – 3 pm).

Another option for those that have not purchase dining plans is the Franklin Dining Hall. Meals can be purchased here at any time from 7 am to 8 pm, and open at 6 am on Sunday. The cafeteria menus for Fri-Sat-Sun can be found in your registration package. The Franking Dining hall is a stop on the UMass Shuttle bus.

University Club and Restaurant
The University Club and Restaurant, more fondly referred to as The UClub, is the eminent fine dining establishment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Housed in two colonial era New England farmhouses, the University Club and Restaurant offers a contemporary dining experience steeped in historic charm. Long established as a private faculty and alumni club, the University Club offers the public and campus community a full-service restaurant & lounge featuring local beer, wine, and farm-fresh ingredients. Call 413-545-2551 to make your reservation.

Food Trucks
Our food trucks, Baby Berk and Baby Berk 2, are great options for a quick and convenient meal. Serving freshly prepared food truck fare, including burgers, wasabi steak tacos, grilled cheeses, tater tots and sweet potato fries, you are sure to leave satisfied. Checkout @UMassBabyBerk and @UMassBabyBerk2 on Twitter to find daily schedules and location updates, and look for the trucks around campus during your stay!

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES

University Health Services, located on-campus at 150 Infirmary Way in Amherst (near the Franklin Dining Commons), offers advance appointments, same-day appointments, walk-in care and pharmacy services. Appointments: 413-577-5101. Triage Nurse (available during health center hours): 413-577-5229. After-hours medical and mental health advice: 413-577-5000. 

UHS Walk-in Care Hours
Monday – Friday: 8AM – 8PM 
Saturday and Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

UHS Pharmacy Hours
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5:30PM

For on-campus emergencies please contact the UMass Police at 413-545-2121 or call 911. For medical assistance and/or pharmacy needs outside of the hours above, on-campus services are available at Cooley Dickinson Hospital (9.7 miles from campus), AEIOU Urgent Care (1.9 miles from campus), MedExpress Urgent Care (2.4 miles from campus) and CVS Pharmacy (1.9 miles from campus).

ON-CAMPUS ATTRACTIONS

You don’t need to travel far to find something to do – there are numerous attractions located right here on campus! 

  • The UMass Fine Arts Center seeks to engage audiences in the arts, embrace diversity, and uphold the highest standards for arts education. Comprehensive in scope, the Center offers the region’s only mix of classical music, dance, theater, jazz, Broadway, special events, and gallery exhibitions. The Fine Arts Center is also home to the University Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • The Mullins Center, our state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility, hosts diverse events from hockey and basketball to concerts and popular touring performance groups. 
  • The Augusta Savage Gallery, located in New Africa House, is a multicultural and multiarts facility that seeks to promote artistic works from a broad spectrum of cultures
  • The Durfee Conservatory and Garden, established in 1867, is a historic plant conservatory that offers a sanctuary of calm and serenity among the hustle and bustle of campus.
  • The Rausch Mineral Gallery, located in the Department of Geosciences in the Morrill Science Center, includes more than 250 large mineral specimens from around the world from the mineral collection of the late Dr. Marvin Rausch.

LIBRARIES

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library offer technology and space to work for our community guests, including printing/copying services, collections, and book stacks.

Campus Housing

Fully Paid Residence Hall Guests
Guests staying in the residence halls that have fully paid all conference fees should report directly to their assigned building to check-in and obtain all conference materials. Check-in will begin on Thursday at noon, Friday at 11:00 a.m.. and Saturday at noon. Those who select the early-arrival night of Thursday, July 11, are typically able to check-in late afternoon/early evening on Thursday. Additional housing arrival information will be sent to all registered guests as the conference approaches.

Commuters + Residence Hall Guests with an Outstanding Balance
Commuters and Residence Hall guests with an outstanding balance should come to the on-site registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the UMass Campus Center to pick up all conference materials, including a discounted parking pass for purchase to the Campus Center Parking Garage if needed (see below). The on-site registration desk will be open on Friday, July 12, from 8AM – 5PM and on Saturday, July 13, from 7:30AM – 12PM. 

Pre-Conference Workshop Attendees
Pre-conference workshop attendees who are staying in the Residence Halls on the early arrival night of Thursday, July 11, will find their conference materials in their assigned building at check-in on Thursday. Pre-conference workshop attendees who are not arriving until Friday, including those staying in the Residence Halls starting Friday evening as well as commuters, can pick-up their conference materials beginning at 8AM on Friday, July 12, at the conference registration desk on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center. Please allow yourself extra time to arrive, park, stop at the registration desk, and get settled prior to the start of your pre-conference workshop.

NORTH RESIDENCE HALLS  

$61.80 per person, per night
Located on campus within a 10-minute walk of conference activities and multiple dining options, the air-conditioned North Residence Halls are a very popular and convenient housing option. Each suite consists of four single occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common area and a kitchen, accommodating at max. 4 guests. Each lockable bedroom is furnished with a twin bed, desk, chair, and bureau, and each guest will be provided with a linen pack consisting of two flat sheets, a pillow with case, two towels and a thin blanket. The kitchen has a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, and stove-top oven. If you are interested in preparing some of your meals in the suite, you should bring supplies and equipment or purchase some upon arrival: silverware, cookware and plates are not provided. Toiletries are not included. 

Rooms are available in North for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for $61.80 per person, per night. Guests who reserve a room for Thursday night must also reserve a room for Friday and Saturday nights. All fully paid guests should report directly to their assigned building to pick up their conference materials. Housing assignments will be sent in early July to all fully paid guests. For those arriving on Thursday, check-in will begin late afternoon/early evening (an email will be sent once this information has been determined). For those arriving on Friday & Saturday, check-in will begin at 11AM each day. Check-out for all guests is by 2PM on your day of departure: all apartments must be fully vacated by 2PM on Sunday, without exception. Early check-in and late check-out are not available.

Guests can enter suitemate requests and any additional housing needs during the registration process (including accessibility needs, requests to be near another suite/party). All attempts will be made to house you with your requested suitemates, but because guests may enter different suitemate requests, have unique housing needs and/or have different dates of stay, suitemate requests cannot be guaranteed. If no suitemate request(s) are received, guests will be assigned to a single-gender suite with other conference attendees. To assist with housing assignments in the event of no suitemate requests or less than 3 suitemate requests, all guests will provide their gender during registration.

TRADITIONAL RESIDENCE HALLS

$43.26 per person, per night
Attendees can select to stay in a non-air-conditioned traditional residence hall on Friday and Saturday nights for $43.26 per person, per night. Each guest will have a twin bed, dresser, desk and chair in their room. Shared single-gender bathrooms are located on each floor and rest rooms and public areas are cleaned daily, Monday through Friday. A linen pack consisting of two flat sheets, a blanket, a pillow with case and two towels will be provided to each guest. No toiletries are provided. Because the buildings can get hot, we recommended guests bring a small desk-top fan.

Rooms are available in a traditional residence hall for Friday and Saturday nights (Thursday night is NOT available). All fully paid guests should report directly to their assigned building to pick up their conference materials. Housing assignments will be sent in early July to all fully paid guests. Check-in will begin at 11AM on your day of arrival and check-out will be by 2PM on your day of departure: early check-in and late check-out are not available. All rooms and buildings must be fully vacated by 2PM on Sunday, without exception. At this time we are not sure which building will be used, but the residence hall will be located in the Central Residential Area of campus like it has been in the last few years. We anticipate we may use Brett and/or Brooks Hall, but will not know definitively until closer to the event.

Guests who select a double room can enter their requested roommate during the registration process. If you select a double occupancy room and do not provide a roommate you will be assigned to a room with another attendee of your gender. To assist with housing assignments and assignments near the appropriate gendered bathrooms, all guests will provide their gender during registration.

ROOMMATE AND SUITEMATE REQUESTS

Individuals or groups who wish to share the same North Residence Hall or traditional room should write their suitemate/roommate requests on the registration page (you will see a clearly marked box asking for this information on the online registration page). The UMass Conference Services Registration Office makes every attempt to accommodate all roommate and suitemate requests but there are no guarantees. To increase the likelihood that you will be placed with your requested roommate/suitemate(s), make sure that they also request you! With the different dates of attendance, it also helps if you book the same nights when possible. Housing assignments will be sent in early July to all fully paid registrants.

ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS

Individuals with any accessibility needs should write their special medical requirements and/or accessibility needs on the registration page (you will see a clearly marked box asking for this information on the online registration page). These will be honored on an as-received basis: due to space limitations all special requests cannot be guaranteed, but we will contact you if we are unable to accommodate your needs. Please make note of all accessibility needs when you register and be as detailed as possible. For specific accessible information on residence halls, suites or classrooms please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu.

key and access card deposit
There is a $70.00 refundable key/access card deposit for both the North Residence and traditional halls, payable only by check to UMass Conference Services. This deposit must be presented to the desk clerk at check-in to be issued your room key and building access card: do not mail it with your registration. The $70.00 deposit check will be returned uncashed when both the key and access card are returned in their original condition at check-out. You will be charged $20.00 for each access that is returned damaged or not returned by 2PM on your date of departure, and $50.00 for each room key that is returned damaged or not returned by 2PM on your date of departure. Returns after 2PM on Sunday and/or returns made to any entity/department/individual other than the UMass Summer Conference Housing desk clerk in your building will not be accepted.

WHAT TO BRING

We encourage guests to bring anything that will make your stay more comfortable. Although each guest will be provided with a linen pack consisting of two towels, two flat sheets, a pillow with case and a thin blanket, if you prefer to bring your own linens or towels you are more than welcome to do so. Each bedroom, both in North and the traditional hall, has one twin bed, one desk and one dresser per guest. There are no additional amenities or appliances in the bedrooms: cots and cribs are not available, toiletries are not provided, and bedrooms are not equipped with microwaves, refrigerators or televisions. 

For guests staying in North
The North Residence Halls are air-conditioned and some guests find them to be a bit cold, so we encourage guests to bring a sweater or sweatshirt. Past guests have also recommended bringing a soft mattress pad. The shared kitchen has a microwave, stove-top oven and full sized refrigerator/freezer. However, we do not provide dishes, silverware, cutlery, pots, pans or any cookware, so if you plan to cook please bring your own supplies or purchase some upon your arrival. There is a Target, a Walmart and a variety of grocery and convenience stores located within a 10 minute drive from campus. The living area has a couch and chairs, but the room does not have a television or cable access. Both of the bathrooms have a shower, but guests should be sure to bring all of their own toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap and a hair dryer. Only toilet paper is provided in the bathrooms. 

For guests staying in a traditional hall
The traditional residence halls are not air-conditioned, so we encourage guests to monitor the weather and bring a desk-top fan if it looks like it will be a warm weekend. Past guests have also recommended bringing a soft mattress pad. Single-gender bathrooms are on each floor and will be shared with other guests (none of the rooms have a private bathroom), so many guests bring robes, shower caddies and sandals for the shower. Guests should also be sure to bring all of their own toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner and a hair dryer. Only toilet paper is provided in the bathrooms.

Need something during your stay?
Once check-in begins there will be a UMass Summer Conference Housing desk clerk located in the lobby of your building around the clock. For any housing related needs that might arise during your stay, stop by and see the desk clerk for assistance. Find you forgot to pack something? Below are some local retailers located close to campus.

  • Downtown Amherst
  • Amherst Shopping Center – retail/grocery stores and dining, including Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, CVS and Wings Over Amherst. Located at 181 University Drive in Amherst, MA.
  • Hampshire Mall – retail/grocery stores, dining, and entertainment, including Target, Trader Joe’s, J. C. Penney, Cinemark, Pinz Bowling, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, LaserBlast, and Planet Fitness Gym. Located at 367 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.
  • Campus Farms Mall – retail/grocery stores and dining, including TJ Maxx, Super Stop & Shop, Dollar Tree, Liquors 44 and Johnny’s Roadside Diner. Located at 440-454 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.
  • Mountain Farms Mall – retail/grocery stores and dining, including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Panera Bread and Whole Foots Market. Located at 335 Russell Street in Hadley, MA

Please keep in mind both on-campus residence hall lodging options are occupied by students during the school year: these are not hotel accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the residence halls, please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu.

Area Info

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

No car or don’t feel like driving? There are multiple transportation options to get you from campus to amenities and attractions in the surrounding area. Amherst center, with local shops, restaurants, and small convenience stores, is a quick 15 minute walk from campus. Local buses, operated by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, run regularly between Amherst center and the University, with additional services traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton, Springfield, and Greenfield. A variety of bike rental options are also available, including Laughing Dog Bicycles and Hampshire Bicycle Exchange

AREA DINING

There are many wonderful dining options in Amherst and the surrounding area. Local Amherst favorites include Antonio’s Pizza, Johnny’s Tavern Judie’s Resaurant, Mission Cantina, Hangar Pub and Grill, and Ginger Garden. Neighboring Hadley not only boasts many great local spots such as Esselon Cafe and Alina’s, but also offers many familiar tables on Route 9/Russell Street, such as Friendy’s, Applebees, Chilis and Panara Bread. Options abound in downtown Northampton, located a 20 minute drive from campus, such as Jake’s Restaurant, Local Burger, Amanouz Cafe, Northampton Brewery, India House, and more. Click here for a listing of area restaurants courtesy of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

SHOPPING

If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located 5 – 10 minutes from campus in downtown Amherst, as well as on University Drive in Amherst and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley. These locations are also serviced by PVTA buses.

  • Downtown Amherst
  • Amherst Shopping Center – retail/grocery stores and dining, including Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, CVS and Wings Over Amherst. Located at 181 University Drive in Amherst, MA.
  • Hampshire Mall – retail/grocery stores, dining, and entertainment, including Target, Trader Joe’s, J. C. Penney, Cinemark, Pinz Bowling, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, LaserBlast, and Planet Fitness Gym. Located at 367 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.
  • Campus Farms Mall – retail/grocery stores and dining, including TJ Maxx, Super Stop & Shop, Dollar Tree, Liquors 44 and Johnny’s Roadside Diner. Located at 440-454 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.
  • Mountain Farms Mall – retail/grocery stores and dining, including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Panera Bread and Whole Foots Market. Located at 335 Russell Street in Hadley, MA

AREA ATTRACTIONS

  • Amherstis known for its rural charm and big city appeal. With many restaurants, bars and local shops, visitors get lost exploring our downtown. Located just a few minutes drive from the campus, it is a convenient and popular destination. 
  • The city of Northampton is a blend of historic, contemporary, intellectual, artsy, athletic and entrepreneurial. With cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, rivers, parks and spas, Northampton is a place to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of budget.
  • The Emily Dickinson Homestead, located right in downtown Amherst, was mentioned frequently in her intensely idiosyncratic and strikingly modern poetry. Devoted Dickinson readers visit the Homestead and The Evergreens, the Italianate home built next door by Emily’s brother Austin Dickinson, to walk today where Emily walked and to see what Emily saw.
  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located in Amherst, looks to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books, just a short 15 minute drive from campus. Founded by Eric Carle and his wife Barbara, the Museum is for visitors of all ages: children and families, teachers and librarians, scholars, and everyone interested in the art of the picture book.
  • The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is located on the Hampshire College campus, about a 15 minute drive from UMass.
  • The Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History, located about 5 minutes from the UMass campus, is one of New England’s largest natural history museums, boasting three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display, and tens of thousands of specimens available for use by scholars and researchers from across campus and around the world. 
  • Yankee Candle, located about 15 minutes away in South Deerfield, offers an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. You’ll find 400,000 candles in over 200 different famous Yankee scents, but there are more than just candles at this flagship Village Store. It’s a unique, entertaining world of New England charm, fairy tale fantasies, and hands-on, interactive candlemaking that’s fun for every age.
  • Historic Deerfield is an authentic 18th-century New England village. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings, see yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades, and explore the world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork. 
  • The Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens is a 14,400 square foot facility that includes a 4,000 sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation, about a 20 minute drive from campus in neighboring South Deerfield.
  • Home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history, the Basketball Hall of Fame stirs the spirits of basketball fans everywhere. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, shooting contests and enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans. 
  • The Springfield Museums grant visitors access to the Springfield Science Museum, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Springfield History and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and Museum, all under a single admission. The museums are located in the heart of downtown Springfield, about a 40 minute drive from UMass.
  • Six Flags New England is home to many rides and attractions, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for the youngest of thrill seekers. With some of the fastest, tallest, wildest, most gut-wrenching rides in the country (including a few record breakers), as well as family rides, kid rides, entertaining shows and the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, Six Flags New England has fun for everyone.

Want to learn about more things to do in the Pioneer Valley? Click here!

Area Housing

The Amherst area is full of many hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. A variety of hotel chains offer their familiar comforts just a short 5 – 10 minute drive from the UMass Campus on Route 9/Russell Street in neighboring Hadley, while charming independent inns and B&Bs dot the area, offering a true taste of Pioneer Valley living.

Below are some popular off-campus lodging options, including the estimated drive time to the Campus Center. Click here for a full listing of area lodging courtesy of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Interested in staying at a local Bed and Breakfast? Click here for more information on what the Pioneer Valley has to offer, courtesy of the Five College Area Bed and Breakfast Association.

Amherst
    Allen House Inn – 413-253-5000 (9 minutes)
    Amherst Airbnb 
    Black Walnut Inn – 413-549-5649 (8 minutes)
    Lord Jeffrey Inn – 413-253-2576 (10 minutes)
    University Lodge – 413-256-8111 (6 minutes)

Hadley
    Comfort Inn – 413-584-9816 (12 minutes)
    Courtyard Marriott – 413-256-5454 (8 minutes)
    Econo Lodge – 413-582-7077 (9 minutes)
    Hampton Inn – 413-586-4851 (16 minutes)
    Holiday Inn Express – 413-582-0002 (7 minutes)
    Howard Johnson – 413-586-0114 (10 minutes)

Deerfield
    Deerfield Inn – 413-774-5587 (27 minutes)
    Red Roof Inn – 413-665-7161 (19 minutes)

Northampton
    Autumn Inn – 413-584-7660 (24 minutes)
    Hotel Northampton – 413-584-7660 (21 minutes)
    Quality Inn & Suites – 413-586-1500 (21 minutes)