Information for Visiting Educators

        updated July 4, 2010
Dorm Information
North Residential Housing

UMass Campus Map (pdf)
University of Massachusetts
Campus Book Store in the Campus Center
has snacks, cosmetics, gifts, newspapers...

Fully Furnished
• Four single bedrooms
• Two full bathrooms
• Full kitchen with appliances
• Ethernet and cable*
• Close to classes
• Utilities included
• Central air
• Laundry on premises
(we will provide info for wireless access)

If you are staying in the dorms, note that they supply linens, towels, etc.; you don't need to bring these. You will need  to bring toiletries, including  soap!  Some people find their beds, which are quite new, rather firm. You might want to bring along some sort of pad.

Integrated Sciences Building
Our conference location in the ISB is across the street from Hasbrouck Lab, the site of previous STEM Ed institutes.

The address is 661 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, Ma.

Parking for non-dorm participants, commuters, is in lot 43, a split lot about a block away. 

Click here for a detailed map of the areas specific to the STEM ED Polar Connections Institute.

Apartment Furnishings

• Sofa
• Two chairs
• End table
• Coffee table
• Full size refrigerator
• Oven and range
• Microwave
• Trash container and recycling bins in kitchen only
• Two kitchen island chairs
• Twin bed with mattress
• Bureau
• Desk and chair
• Desktop bookcase
• Wardrobe
• Window treatments (blinds)



Free UMass Bus Service: See maps and schedules at or pick up route information on board any bus.

#37 - Amity Shuttle - serves downtown Amherst, Big Y Super Market, Stop & Shop Super Market.  Returns after 15 minutes from Stop & Shop, 20 minutes from Big Y. Leaves Graduate Center on the hour. M-F, 9 AM to 8 PM. Sa, 9 AM - 7 PM. Su, noon - 6 PM.

#30, 31, 32, 36. These routes offer frequent daily service to downtown Amherst and beyond. Check the website for schedules.
Amherst Area Information
The historic, picturesque Amherst area, with its forested hills and valleys and fertile river plains, is graced with fine restaurants, comfortable inns, and the unique charms of New England’s country traditions. Its thriving downtown, many museums, galleries, craft and art fairs, boutiques, antique shops, bookstores, and entertainment venues provide enjoyment for every taste.

At the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and the National Yiddish Book Center, visitors can celebrate the written word. Town and college/university libraries host rare and special book collections. Students of all ages and from all over the world flock to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts, bringing their traditions and offering a wellspring of cultural diversity.  (text from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce site)

Amherst Restaurants
CVS - 76 No. Pleasant Street, Downtown Amherst,_Massachusetts

About Northampton, MA (ten miles west),_Massachusetts

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