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Living at Smith

Living at Smith

At Smith, you’ll always find something to do and someone to connect with—whether you’re watching a movie with friends, listening in on a guest lecture or attending a concert. Live and study alongside one another with compassion, respect and acceptance. Off campus, explore downtown Northampton’s bustling cafés, shops, restaurants and music venues or experience the vibrant Five College area. Venture out on a day trip to Boston or New York City, or take the nearby bike path to explore the New England countryside and surrounding towns.

A Setting That’s Distinctively Smith

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Smith’s unique self-governing house system fosters friendship and community in a beautiful, natural setting.

Residence Life & Housing

Sharing Meals

Food is a natural rhythm of Smith daily life, with locally sourced dining options to please every palate and need.

Student Menus
Three students gathered around a table for lunch

Small Town, Big City

Small Town, Big City

Downtown Northampton, an easy walk from campus, offers small-town ambiance with a big-city feel.


Extraordinary Facilities

The libraries, museum and botanic gardens showcase Smith’s dedication to beauty and shared knowledge.

Libraries, Museum & Gardens
Student on a bench in the museum looking at paintings on the wall

Priority: Earth

Priority: Earth

Responsible stewardship of resources is a commitment that informs every part of the college’s decisions.


Campus Map

Designed for Discovery

Get a closer look at Smith’s distinctive and beautiful campus using our interactive map and tours.

Campus Map

A Campus For Connection and Inspiration

On the Smith campus, simple physical beauty—the flaming hues of New England’s fall, the campus architecture, vibrant gardens and trees, and seasonal colors reflected in Paradise Pond—is a constant source of pleasure. Every season brings its own activities: fall hikes in the nearby Holyoke Range, apple picking on Mountain Day, winter skating and skiing, spring rowing and picnics, or studying outdoors under a willow tree. At Smith, you’ll quickly acquire a distinct sense of place.

You’ll always find plenty to do, whether you’re taking part in any of the 140-plus student-run organizations, athletics programs or informal groups, all of which offer you ways to share your interests and develop new friendships.

Whether your passion is biology or ballet, Smith’s facilities and equipment are among the best available. Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts houses two theaters, dance studios and design labs. Sage Hall has two concert spaces and dozens of practice rooms. The Clark Science Center has laboratories and classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The Brown Fine Arts Center houses the art library and Smith’s renowned art museum. And Neilson Library’s renovation, designed by acclaimed designer Maya Lin, features unique spaces to support scholarship and innovation.

At Smith, you’ll find ways to carve out your own path to become your most powerful self.

Get To Know Smith

Tour the campus and experience what makes Smith College so special. Meander along tree-lined paths, visit residences, marvel at the art museum, or enjoy views of Paradise Pond and the athletic fields. See why students find Smith a joyful place to belong.