Life at Binghamton
Discover the many ways Binghamton students interact socially, artistically, competitively and intellectually on campus. You might also want to explore our student blog or read the top 10 reasons out-of-state students choose Binghamton University.
Housing and Dining
More than 7,000 students call the Binghamton campus home. Our Residential Life Program offers six distinct residential communities with fun activities and ways to get involved in campus life, while also providing an environment that enhances students’ academic and personal growth. Note: Apartment communities (Hillside and Susquehanna) are open only to upperclassmen and nontraditionally aged freshman students.
For students choosing to live off campus, Off-Campus College delivers a number of programs and services including housing lists, lease review, advising on housing issues, information on transportation, free legal clinics and more.
Whether you eat in a residential dining hall or other on-campus eatery, you'll find mouthwatering choices to suit every taste (including Kosher, vegetarian, vegan). Learn about our flexible meal plans for students who live on campus and commuters.
Social Centers on Campus
The University Union is the center of many social, service and recreational activities. The University Union and the University Union West house the Student Association and offices for various campus organizations. The MarketPlace food court, Munchies mini mart and a student run Food Co-op are various dining options available in the Union. It's also home to the University Bookstore, M&T Bank branch office, a billiards room, bowling alley, ping-pong room, video rental store, video arcade and the Undergrounds Coffeehouse and Music Venue.
Late Nite Binghamton
Late Nite Binghamton is a series of social programs offered every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. to give students the chance to relax and socialize. Movies, music, games and refreshments are among the typical offerings.
Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
The Anderson Center for the Performing Arts is a world- class performance facility that has showcased major U.S. and foreign symphony orchestras, dance ensembles, concerts, recitals, plays and major lectures. Most events are free or discounted for students with a valid Binghamton ID card.
With 300+ undergraduate student clubs and organizations on campus, most students participate in at least one extracurricular activity. Activities address a variety of interests—academic and pre-professional, athletic and recreational, political, cultural and ethnic, religious, social, service, fraternities and sororities, media, music, dance, entertainment and business. Students are also involved in campus media, producing newspapers and running television and radio stations. The Student Association is responsible for many social, recreational and educational programs, along with concerts and lectures.
Several student religious groups, including the Baptist Campus Ministry, Jewish Student Union Hillel, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Catholic Students/Newman Association, Campus Bible Fellowship, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Chabad, Muslim Student Association, Chinese Christian Fellowship and Korean-American Christian Fellowship meet regularly for social and religious purposes on campus. Local churches and synagogues welcome Binghamton students.
Fraternities and Sororities
Approximately 11% of all Binghamton undergraduates belong to a fraternity or sorority. Students have the opportunity to join any of the University-recognized fraternities and sororities, as well as participate in one of the seven governing councils: Asian Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Latino Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council and Professional Fraternity Council. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life oversees the activities of these groups, provides advisory support and facilitates community education initiatives.
Division I Athletics
Highly competitive on the national level, Binghamton's 21 NCAA Division I varsity athletic teams are members of the America East Conference. Intercollegiate athletics enhance student life, strengthen community and alumni ties, and increase the school's national visibility.
Recreational Activities and Facilities
Campus Recreation offers a wide array of fitness and recreation activities and classes that take place indoors and outdoors, both on and off campus.
Health and Safety
The Decker Student Health Services Center is a primary care clinic for students staffed by registered nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, health educators and an HIV test counselor, while the University Counseling Center provides preventive and clinical psychological services to Binghamton students.
The New York State University Police at Binghamton serves the University's law enforcement needs, operates a safety escort service and Safe Ride Van program for students traveling on campus at night, as well as delivers educational programs aimed at creating a safe campus environment. Learn about campus safety measures and review our Annual Security report (156k .pdf). If you'd like a paper copy of this report, contacting Undergraduate Admissions via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 607–777–2171.
Student Transportation and Parking
Students may ride any Broome County Transit bus or student-run Off Campus College Transport "blue bus" free of charge. OCCT shuttles students throughout campus, to the University Downtown Center and to the Innovative Technologies Complex. OCCT also serves downtown student housing areas and other popular student destinations. Students may purchase discounted Short Line and Greyhound tickets at the Escape office in UUW-320. The student-run Escape office also organizes weekend bus transportation to various area locations and to downstate New York throughout the year and over University-recognized holidays. Learn more about where to park on campus. Note: freshmen (non-commuters) can't have vehicles on campus.
Student volunteers contribute hundreds of thousands of hours to the Binghamton community annually through volunteerism, internships, clinical-practice experiences and service-learning projects at area businesses, charitable organizations and government offices. Discover opportunities at our Center for Civic Engagement and learn more about University resources available to local area residents and how Binghamton University impacts the community on our Binghamton University in the Community website.
Greater Binghamton Area
Binghamton University is located in Vestal (upstate), NY. This is a safe, friendly and affordable community that offers residents a unique blend of rural life and urban appeal. Learn more about the Binghamton area and explore these community links.
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