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Whether you come to the college for a lecture, to visit the award-winning Smith College Museum of Art, take a campus tour, stop in at one of the libraries, attend a performance or simply stroll the grounds to enjoy the beauty of Smith’s botanic gardens, you’ll find a welcoming campus filled with energy and enthusiasm.

A vendor selling fresh-cut flowers at a farmer's market in downtown Northampton.

Welcome to Paradise

Northampton, also called Paradise City, is the quintessential college town. Nestled in the mountains of the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, Northampton is home to restaurants, bookshops, new and used clothing stores, cafés, music venues, galleries, and hiking and biking trails—all within walking distance of Smith’s Grécourt Gates.

Discover Northampton Learn About the Pioneer Valley

Getting Around

Campus Maps

Interactive Map
The Smith College map is an interactive wayfinding guide that allows you to scroll to various areas of the campus, zoom in and out, get detailed information on buildings and view overlays that show parking, accessibility and more.

To find a building, select a location category, or click on the category to view an alphabetical list of all entries. You can also search by keywords. When selected, the building will be highlighted.

Downloadable Map
A full-color illustration of the campus, with building key, is available in PDF format for downloading, viewing and printing.

Smith College Guide to Campus 2024 (PDF)


Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.


State highway exit numbers are changing state-wide to align with the practice of using mile markers to inform exit numbers. The new signs, when present, will be accompanied by a yellow sign below with the former exit number. For clarity, both exit numbers are provided.

From the South: Northampton is on Route I-91 in Massachusetts. From I-91 North take Exit 23 (old exit 18) and turn left onto Route 5. Follow Route 5 into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9, turn left onto Route 9 (Main Street). Go straight through four sets of traffic lights, turning left into Smith’s main entrance (College Lane) shortly after the seventh set. The Office of Admission is on your right, overlooking Paradise Pond. Parking is available next to the office or along Route 9.

From the North: From I-91 South, take Exit 26 (old exit 20), and follow onto Route 5 South into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9 (Main Street), turn right onto Route 9. Then follow the same directions as above from Route 9 to campus.

From the East or West via the Massachusetts Turnpike: Northampton is on Route I-91 North (Mass Pike exit 45 [old exit 4]). Once on I-91, follow the directions above for visitors from the south.

Mapping Smith?

If you're using an online map application for directions to the Office of Admission, the address is 7 College Lane, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Peter Pan, Greyhound and Vermont Transit serve the area. Most routes go to the main bus terminal in Springfield, where you can catch another bus to Northampton. Buses run almost hourly between Springfield and Northampton. Smith is a 10-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the bus station. Call 413-586-1030 for bus schedules.

Amtrak’s Vermonter and Valley Flyer stop in Northampton, with three northbound and three southbound stops per day. Smith is a short taxi ride from the train platform. For more information, visit Amtrak’s website or call 800-872-7245.

The closest airport is Bradley International (BDL). It is served by most major airlines and is located about 35 miles south of Northampton near Hartford, Connecticut. Flying into Bradley rather than to Boston’s Logan Airport gives you a shorter drive to Northampton and spares you city traffic congestion.

Taxi and Transportation Services

Transportation to Smith from the Boston or Hartford airports is available from a number of services. Advance reservations may be required.

This listing of area taxi and transportation services does not imply an endorsement by Smith College of any of these businesses.

Other Ways To Visit

Find out how it feels to be surrounded by Smith’s natural beauty, outstanding research facilities and eclectic architecture with our virtual tour. See where you’ll be studying, living and playing—and imagine yourself at Smith.

If you’re a prospective student and are interested in a guided tour of campus, see what programs and tours the Office of Admission is currently offering. See the campus from a Smithie’s perspective.

Students walking in front of Neilson Library.

Local Accommodations

There are plenty of nearby accommodations when visiting Smith College. The following listing of area hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts does not imply an endorsement by Smith College of any of these lodgings. Some hotels on this list might not be handicap accessible or might have limited accessibility. We recommend that you contact the hotel directly for more detailed information.

The Ellery, Northampton, 413-584-7660

Approximately 3-5 miles away from campus.

Approximately 4-5 miles away from campus.

Approximately 6-10 miles away from campus.

Approximately 10-15 miles from campus.

Approximately 20-30 miles away from campus.

Approximately 10-20 miles away from campus.

Approximately 20 miles away from campus.

Approximately 30 miles away from campus.