Enfield housing area

Housing and Logistics

Below is information for our 2018 summer programs. This includes information on traveling to Hampshire, where you will be staying, and what you will need to bring. Feel free to contact us at any time with additional questions at summer@hampshire.edu.

Arrival and Departure

All summer program participants should plan to be on campus and settled into housing by 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018. All program participants will receive more information about move-in and arrival procedures closer to the start of the program. Program staff will meet students on campus for check-in and to deliver housing assignments, campus IDs, and keys.

All program participants should plan to depart campus on Saturday, June 30, 2018 (the day after all programs end).

Current Hampshire students: Please note that current Hampshire students will not be permitted to stay on campus between the end of spring classes and beginning of the summer. All residence halls and facilities will be cleaned before our summer students move on campus.


The closest airport to fly into is Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT. It's roughly 35 minutes from Amherst. There are three Amtrak train stations close by in Amherst, Northampton, and Springfield, MA. If you are arriving by plane or train on check-in day, Hampshire will arrange to pick you up from Bradley Airport or one of the three train stations (listed above) during the designated pick-up times.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pick-ups outside of the designated check-in/out days and times.


Daily meals are served in Hampshire's dining commons on campus. Hampshire's dining commons are managed by Bon Appetit Management Company. Sample some of their typical menu options. Gluten-free options exist. Participants can also make their own meals in their apartment-style housing.


Each student will be housed in a single room. You will be housed with other students in your program in our apartment-style housing on campus. Each apartment has a communal kitchen. While some kitchen basics (cutlery, cups, plates) will be provided, students should be prepared to purchase any kitchen items that may be desired during their stay.


Laundry is free at Hampshire! Each housing area has multiple washers and dryers.


While most students bring cell phones with them, each room does have a landline hook-up, and students are welcome to bring a landline phone. Outgoing long distance calls require a calling card, though room phones can receive them. Each hall also has a landline phone that can be used for on-campus and local phone calls only.

Vending Machines

There is a healthy snacks vending machine located in the lobby of each dorm building.


Parking is free for summer program participants! You will need to get a parking voucher card from staff when you check in. Please be sure to indicate if you plan to bring a vehicle to campus in the post-application questions.

Bus Transportation

Please note that the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) bus operates on a reduced schedule over the summer. Students should consult the PVTA website  for more information on the 2018 PVTA bus schedule.

What to Bring

Each room is pre-furnished with one bed frame and mattress; a desk and chair; an open closet rod to hang clothes; and a dresser for each resident. Storage space in your room is limited. You should plan to bring:

  • Linens for an 80-inch mattress; pillow, towels, blanket, mattress pad
  • Clothes hangers
  • Light, breathable clothing (We'll be in air-conditioned theaters often, but it can get very hot and humid in the summer in the Pioneer Valley.)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Fan
  • Toiletries
  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Laundry detergent (Hampshire uses Maytag high-efficiency washers. Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Biokleen are good brand names). Use of laundry machines on campus is free.
  • A bike! Though not required, a bike is great to have on campus during the summers.

Amenities and Services

There are limited campus services available over the summer. The campus gym and library will be open to summer participants during specific hours of the day. There is a campus convenience store for snacks and essentials.

All health services will be provided by our local urgent care clinic, AEIOU. Emergency services will be provided by Cooley-Dickinson Hospital. There are no mental health services provided during the summer. Mental health/counseling is in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Please contact us at summer@hampshire.edu if you have any questions regarding mental health and/or counseling services.

Transcript Requests

All students who enroll in a College summer program may request a transcript from our central records office. Transcript requests and additional information can be found here.

What is the refund policy for the 2018 summer academic programs?

The full tuition balance is due by May 18, 2018. There are no tuition refunds available on or after June 1, 2018. If a student should withdraw from a summer academic program at Hampshire College for any reason, the program fee will be refunded according to the schedule:

  • Withdrawal before May 18: 100% of the fee paid beyond the $450 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal between May 19-May 31: 50% of the fee paid beyond the $450 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal on or after June 1: no refund.

The student's date of withdrawal is determined by the postmark on the written notification of withdrawal from the program.

Program Changes or Cancellation

While it is not our practice to do so, Hampshire College reserves the right to cancel or change the terms of a program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. If Hampshire College cancels a program prior to start date, students are eligible to receive a total refund of their payment, but the College will have no further liability to students.

If an emergency requires that a program be canceled after the program start date, Hampshire College will make reasonable efforts to make alternative arrangements to allow students to complete their academic work, but cannot guarantee that full or partial credit will be obtained. Hampshire College will collect documentation of student work and share these documents with the students’ home institutions, so they will be able to evaluate the level of credit awarded for work completed.


This is an intensive course. Hampshire College recommends the equivalent of 4 academic credits for the completion of a full course. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their home institutions about the number of accepted transfer credits. Upon completion of the program, students may request a Hampshire College transcript.

Health Insurance

Please note that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students to carry health insurance. Upon acceptance to the summer program, you will be asked to provide proof of insurance or required to purchase temporary coverage that could increase the overall program cost.


If you have any questions, please contact summer@hampshire.edu.

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