One of the best times to look for apartments in Amherst is in the late spring and early summer when last year's crop of students has graduated and moved away. Because it is an academic town, this is a way to beat the rush that happens at the end of summer and to get your pick of places for the New Year.
Amherst is a college town, which means that landlords are used to renting to students. They're also aware of all the pitfalls that come with renting to students. Convincing them that you're quiet, responsible and reliable is key, and great references a must.
Getting around in Amherst is extremely easy. The small size of the city means that there are huge numbers of apartments within walking distance of one of the 3 schools. There is also a great bus system that runs routes from throughout the city to the schools. For example, 13 different bus routes deliver students to the University of Massachusetts.
In any student town come student bars. However, the nightlife in Amherst is quiet compared to larger centers with ‘party' schools. For fans of craft beer, the Amherst Brewing Company is a great place to check out. Favorites among those who are of age include Atlantis, for a laid-back club vibe, or The Spoke, for those who prefer their bars without the party scene.