Summer on Campus

Photo of Smith College Campus Center with green lawn and trees in the foreground.

Your 27-month journey at Smith will begin in June. For each of three summers you’ll spend ten intensive weeks in classes on the Smith College campus, completing your degree in August. A post-residency period follows when you will complete your dissertation

Extracurricular activities and additional learning opportunities planned by students fill the summer weeks along with lectures, discussion groups, demonstrations and other creative events that inspire and ignite campus energies. As a largely residential community, exchanges among students and between students and faculty extend beyond the classroom, spilling into dining halls and cross-campus walks, creating an informal and ongoing supportive environment.

While you're on campus, you'll have the opportunity to explore 147-acres of natural and architectural beauty, while taking advantage of the many resources Smith has to offer. You might begin your day in the fitness center, find inspiration with a visit to the art museum and then recharge that afternoon in downtown Northampton—a progressive, queer-friendly community with diverse cuisine and music scenes.

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is available during the 10-week summer academic session. For Ph.D. students qualified for need-based aid, housing is available at no cost. Dormitories are gender-neutral and each floor has communal all-gender bathrooms. All rooms are single occupancy and are furnished with a twin bed, bureau, bookcase, desk and chair. Each room is wired for Internet access. There is some limited on-campus housing available for students with minor children who will be staying with them all summer. Typically, each apartment has a living room, kitchen, four bedrooms (each set up as a single dorm room) and a bathroom. The apartments are not equipped with cribs or highchairs and are not child-proofed, and students will need to provide their own pots, pans, dishes, etc.

Off-Campus Housing

Some students choose to rent space off campus for the summer terms. Many local residents rent rooms or apartments during the summer and sometimes short term arrangements may be made with local apartment complexes.


All meals are included for each student (and dependent children age 5 or younger) living in on-campus housing. Additional meals can be purchased for other family members residing in family housing. 

Meal purchases are also available for off-campus students who would like to eat on campus.

Dietary Accommodations

Dining Services is committed to working with students who have documented food allergies and/or medically restricted diets, and our Dining Services staff are able to safely guide students with food allergies to make their own food choices.

Campus Center Café

The Campus Center Café offers a wide variety of food and beverages (with vegan and vegetarian selections), including gourmet pizzas prepared in a stone hearth oven, salads made to order, homemade soups, panini and deli sandwiches, and grilled foods. SSW students, staff, and faculty may purchase meals from the Campus Center Café. Meals at the Café are not included in the food plan.

Dining Off-Campus

Downtown Northampton boasts a wide variety of coffee shops and restaurants, as well as delivery services—most located within walking distance from campus.