Mar 11, 2009, 8:52 AM
Post #151 of 161
Re: [batgirl111] UMass acceptances 2009
I'm also in for fiction at UMass, and I'm accepting. I didn't actually apply to any other schools, mostly because I like the area, and there was no GRE requirement for UMass. After I found all these MFA forums, I realized that was not really the best criteria for choosing a program, but, hey, it worked itself out.
I went to UMass for my undergrad, and during that time and for some time after, I lived in Northampton. I really love Northampton... it's a small town, lots of gay people, lots of artists, some good food and good coffee, easy to get around on foot or by bike. The commute to UMass isn't very fun, as there is basically one road that connects Northampton and Amherst, and it's always full of traffic, but if you learn to time your commutes right, it isn't so bad. There's also a bus system that is convenient and free for students.
Like the galester said, definitely, don't go for the dorms. Gross and scary.
I lived in Belchertown for a year, and it was okay... very rural, no real downtown to speak of, but cheap rent and lots of hiking. I prefer Northampton, but there are many nice towns in the area.
If it helps you, these are the sites I obsessively check for good housing deals:
http://www.rentnoho.com/ (My roomate and I just rented a good place through them, but they do charge a broker's fee)
I can't tell you anything about the MFA Program, but if you have any questions about UMass or the area, please let me know. Take care.
(This post was edited by mashedpotatoes on Mar 11, 2009, 8:58 AM)