Living the Life

Williams Comes to Life

You know about the stellar academic opportunities, amazing faculty and more, but what is it like to live here? See what our dorms and dining halls have to offer, learn about the vibrant surrounding community and abundant outdoor spaces, and get a sense of what this living and learning community is all about.

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Unique housing options let students experience different living communities, from historic buildings with beautiful ballrooms and balconies to brand-new dorms with modern kitchens and sustainable design–all with ample shared spaces that foster community.

Every first-year student lives in an Entry, a microcosm of the diverse Williams community that is your home away from home. Each Entry has its own personality influenced by your hallmates, your Junior Advisors (JAs, who act as mentors, friends and supporters) and even which dorm you're in-whether it's in Frosh Quad or Mission Park.


What's on the menu? Students have access to healthy, flavorful meals–globally influenced and locally sourced whenever possible–served in three dining halls, two snack bars and casual spaces like a pizza grill and our beloved, student-run coffee bar. Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options are always available, as well as Kosher and Halal. Allergy-safe meals are prepared individually. Menu highlights include the miso station at Driscoll Dining Hall, noodle bowls at Mission Park, homemade gelato at Whitmans' and Lee Snack Bar's famous grilled honeybuns.

The likelihood of a professor saying yes to your dinner invitation? 100%

Day to Day

What's in a day at Williams? Maybe it starts with a discussion on American pragmatism and ends with jazz guitar lessons. Or it begins in the community gardens before heading to the research lab, or team practice, or the planetarium, or a Literary Review meeting. Whether your interests range from the outdoors to opera, or politics to public service, there is a day at Williams waiting for you.

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Out on
the Town

Dubbed "one of the loveliest communities in New England" by The New York Times, Williamstown is the perfect combination of bustling cultural hub and outdoor oasis. Visit Spring Street at the heart of town for a variety of dining options and shopping, and get your java fix at Tunnel City, a popular meeting spot for students and locals alike. Venture into the Berkshires to visit world-renowned cultural attractions like The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Jacob's Pillow and Barrington Stage Company. Every season here offers abundant outdoor activities, from hiking and pick-up frisbee to skiing and swimming-and everything in between.

The Outing Club leads sunrise hikes every Friday-rain, snow or shine.

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A Spontaneous Break from Classes

Each year, one Friday in October, Williams' president cancels classes and the campus community gets outside. Students can take part in outdoor yoga classes, hike up Mount Greylock, sing from the hilltops, eat too many apple cider doughnuts, and enjoy an evening polar bear swim, among many other activities.