students at a busy event at the multicultural resource center

At Amherst, You’re Part of a Community

Walk around campus. Everywhere, you’ll find communities in which you can become involved and spaces where you can meet friends and hang out.

We Have a Million Fun Things to Do

Our students run some 100 clubs and organizations. They jump into everything from community engagement to political activism, from student publications to affinity groups (cultural, religious, and more). Learn more about our clubs, club sports, associations, and organizations by visiting our Registered Student Organizations page.

two students hold a jackolantern at fall festival


Amherst always has a full calendar with lots of community events — including fall and winter festivals, our internationally themed City Streets Festival, the formal but friendly Pindar Dinners, and much more. 

Our Community Centers Are as Active as You Are

Class and Access Resource Center logo

The Class & Access Resource Center provides advocacy, support, and community-building opportunities for first-generation, low-income, transfer, and military veteran students.

Center for International Student Engagement logo

In anchoring global realities at Amherst, the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) supports students of international experience through advocacy, centralized resources, and space for community building and critical reflection.

Multicultural Resource Center logo

The Multicultural Resource Center welcomes all students from all backgrounds and helps create an inclusive community by acknowledging, celebrating, and promoting the diverse experiences of every student.

Queer Resource Center logo

The Queer Resource Center sponsors educational, social and campus community-building programs that create an inclusive and safe campus for people of all gender and sexual identities. Additionally, the Center provides resources and support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students, staff, faculty, and their allies.

Women’s and Gender Center

The Women’s and Gender Center supports the personal, academic, and professional growth of students by building community and forwarding conversations about gender, gender identity, and intersectional feminism.

aerial view of the Campus Center building set against the hills in autumn

Keefe Campus Center is the Hub

Every student visits Keefe Campus Center at least once a day. This yellow building in the heart of campus is home to a post office, movie theater, and game room; WAMH radio; Schwemm’s Coffee House; and student meeting and performance spaces. It’s also home to our campus resource centers.

Religion & Spirituality

Our Religious & Spiritual Life advisors and staff are here to support you in your religious and spiritual exploration, assuring that you have access to the services and practices of your choosing.

Sports & Recreation

Athletics, fitness, and recreation are a vibrant part of living and learning at Amherst. Our extensive athletic facilities — open to all students — include excellent playing fields, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, pool, courts, and an ice rink. Beyond Amherst, you can jog the Norwottuck Trail that borders campus, kayak on the Connecticut River, or mountain-bike the Robert Frost Trail.

upper and lower levels of the Powerhouse nightclub, with students gathered


The Powerhouse is a former steam plant that was converted into a student nightclub — and is right here on campus. Go to the Powerhouse for live performances, movie screenings, art exhibits, panel discussions, pub nights, outdoor picnics, and much more.


During our January Interterm break, many students remain on campus to take non-credit classes, work on their theses, attend athletic events, and more.

An architectural rendering of a wood and glass paneled building surrounded by green landscaping

New Student Center Coming Soon

To be built on the current location of Merrill and McGuire, off the Main Quad, the new student center will offer a variety of student spaces, as well as spectacular views.