Two things we want you to know on this topic: 1) The value of having shops, eateries, and convenience stores within walking distance of your dorm cannot be underestimated. Even if you have access to public transportation or a car, being able to get places by foot too can seriously make campus life easier and so much more fun. (Also, the exercise = two thumbs up.)

 2) Colleges in urban settings aren’t the only ones with walkable surroundings! If you’re considering suburban areas, pay attention on campus visits to what is located nearby. Ask where students jog off to when they’re craving an off-campus coffee, or where they shop for last-minute flowers when Mom and Dad roll into town. 

For us, Newton Plaza and Route 9 is where it’s at—and the best part is that it just keeps expanding. Here’s a sampling of what’s right around Siena College these days. 

Dining Options

Bellini’s Italian Eatery and Bellini’s Counter: Eat-in or take out paninis, pizzettes, salads and more

 Crisp: Delicious (and healthy!) salads and wraps 

 The Works Cafe: Your new fave bagels spot

 Saati Deli: Try the Challah French Toast! 

 Yang’s Asian Bistro: Sushi, anyone?

Specialty & Fashion 

 Casa Flora: If you need to purchase flowers for Mom when she visits

 Jean Paul Salon and Spa: For all your haircare and spa needs 

 Clearly Yours: We love this gift shop for its home decor, jewelry, bath products and beyond

 Bella V Boutique: A local boutique with lots of dresses


 Radiance Hot Yoga: Take a power barre or a warm vinyasa flow class

 The Pilates Principle: Or go with Pilates, just as popular around here!

Services & Conveniences

CVS Pharmacy: Just minutes away

LabCorp: Just in case

DiNapoli Opticians: Whenever you’re in the market for new shades or glasses!

Now bring this list to life—at least the eateries. Schedule a visit now to tour our campus and swing by Newton Plaza for a bite to eat. You’ll love our neighborhood!