Location & Directions

The Conference will be held at the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additional sessions and events will be held in Gordon Hall, Crotty Hall, and Godell Hall. Parking is available right next to the campus center.

Click here for a map of conference locations on the Umass Campus.



Parking will be available for all conference attendees in the Campus Center Parking Garage, located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. 

Guests staying at Hotel UMass will receive a complimentary parking pass to the Campus Center Parking Garage at hotel check-in. After entering the garage follow the "Hotel UMass/Campus Center" signs down to park on Level 2. There will be a flat walkway into the Campus Center on Level 2, as well as luggage assistance if needed. Enter the Campus Center and follow the "Hotel UMass" signs through the concourse. Take the elevators to the 3rd floor hotel lobby to check-in. Please note check-in is available at 3:00 p.m. on your day of arrival.


Attendees not staying at Hotel UMass should park in the Campus Center Parking Garage, located at 1 Campus Center Way in Amherst, MA 01003. Discounted parking coupons for the garage will be provided upon your arrival at the conference registration desk. As you pull into the garage you will take a gate ticket. Prior to leaving for the day, but before you get to your car, take your gate ticket and the discounted parking coupon to one of the garage paystations. Enter your gate ticket and scan the parking coupon. This will offer you a discounted rate of $6.50 for the day (versus the standard $1.75/hour). You will be able to pay your balance due by card at the paystations located on all levels of the garage, or you may visit the paystation on Level 2 to pay by cash. After submitting payment the paystation will return your now validated gate ticket, which you will then need to show to lift the exit gate as you drive out of the garage. This process will need to be repeated each day you attend the conference.

Attendees with a valid state-issued reserved accessible license plate or placard may park in any marked Handicap Space or any nonrestricted, nonreserved space or lot, at no charge, as long as your plate or placard is clearly displayed at all times during your stay. To locate reserved accessible parking, visit the UMass Parking Map, select the blue parking icon on the right, and click the "Handicapped Parking" option. You may also click here to view a complete campus accessibility map.

Please note: you should follow the directions above to park at UMass - parking on campus without a valid permit, pass, placard, or license plate may result in ticketing and/or towing. 

Local Transportation
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 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from campus. If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located on University Drive and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley, about a 5-10 minute trip from campus by car or bus. Retailers include CVS, Big Y, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target, Walmart, JC Penney, Marshalls, and more. 

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. If you'd rather take a car, UMass has partnered with Zipcar to bring on-demand car sharing services right to campus. The area is also serviced by a variety of cab companies, including UberLyftCelebrity Cab Company and  Taxi Express.

By Car

  • From the North
    From I-91 South, take exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit.

  • From the East
    Via Route 2 West to Exit 16 (Belchertown/Amherst). From Route 2 take Route 202 South for about 15 miles to a blinking yellow light at Amherst Road. (You will see signs "to Rt 9 and Rt 116"). Turn right and follow Amherst Road (becomes Pelham Road after about 4 miles) for 7 miles to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.

  • From the South
    From I-91 North, take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). The UMass exit is 1 mile up.

  • From the West
    From Route 2 East, follow to Greenfield/I-91 exit. Take I-91 South to Exit 25, Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left and follow the road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow for 8 miles to the UMass exit.

  • From I-90 (Mass Pike)
    Take Exit 4 (West Springfield). Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). The UMass exit is 1 mile up.

By Air

Transportation Services

By Bus

By Train

  • Amtrak for schedules, or call 800-872-7245