Birth Control Available?
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
- Dance parties held at either Drew House or the Octagon
- Big theme parties held at Amherst College
- At sporting events
- Five-College dance parites
Best Places to Hook Up
- Inside a music practice room, under the piano
- The roof of the Octagon
- Johnson Chapel, on the main stage
- The grass of Memorial Hill
- In the elevator of Moore dormitory
- C Level of Frost Library
People are generally open to new social contacts, and this is especially true at parties. Although students here hang out mostly with their close group of friends, most definitely dedicate time to meet new people. Some people, of course, are on the edges of the spectrum, being either hopelessly socially awkward at one extreme, or social butterflies on the other. You'll find very few unsocial nerds who care only about academics. Amherst students study a lot-but they definitely know how to have fun as well.
Hookups or Relationships?
Both are options at Amherst, but it depends on the individual. Amherst students are generally calculated about their relationships, and there may be times when they look strictly for hookups, and other times when they look for something serious. There are a great amount of couples that hookup continously or are on-and-off, but do not consider themselves to be in offical relationships. In some cases, students opt to stay off the market. Of course, people do leave room for spontaneity, should an exciting guy or girl come along.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Parties at Amherst College are the best bet to meet someone, both because Amherst students tend to become very open and welcoming when partying, and because many students from other colleges come to make an appearance-many of them are on the lookout for a hookup. Alcohol may have something to do with people's friendliness, but only sometimes. There's a definite sense of desire to meet new people at parties. After a couple of years here, however, some Amherst students become a little tired of seeing other Amherst students at parties. If by that time these students are over 21, they go to the local bars, which are also a haven of young single women. Smith and Holyoke parties, due to the favorable ratios for heterosexual guys, have ignited many imaginations here, but usually going all the way over there proves not to be worth it, both because these girls don't exactly appreciate guys only wanting them for their bodies, and because many Smithies and Holyoke chicks come here on the weekends.
What dress code? People feel free to put on whatever they like. Most students, though, dress casually: jeans, T-shirt, jacket, that kind of thing. Flip-flops are very popular in the summer and spring times. Overly flashy clothes and extravagant color combinations are usually considered bad taste. Many of the student-athletes on campus can be seen wearing sweatpants or sweatshirts of their respective sports teams. There is also a respectable crowd who prefer formal dress, and they can be detected by the nicer brands of pants they wear, because no one wears a tie to the dining hall or to class. In parties, most people show up, again, dressed in whatever they like, except for parties that are designated as formal dress, in which case you may still come in flip-flops (I've done it, nobody will say anything to you) but know that most people will be buttoned up.