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.
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
Bruegger’s: Your new fave bagels spot
Saati Deli: Try the Challah French Toast!
Yang’s Asian Bistro: Sushi, anyone?
TCBY: For your froyo fix
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
Saratoga Sundress: A local boutique with lots of (you guessed it) dresses
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!