Living in the Greater Binghamton Area
The area is made up of four main townships: Binghamton, Vestal (where Binghamton University
is actually located), Johnson City and Endicott.
Many students live in Binghamton. Most parts of Binghamton are convenient by bus to
Binghamton University. Westside Binghamton in particular is quite convenient. There
are parts of Westside Binghamton which are very nice, such as the area around Recreation
Park. It is mostly single or double family homes, with apartments scattered throughout.
If you want to live on the west side, stick with the area between Main St. and Riverside
Drive. If you venture to the north side of Main St. you are more likely to come across
areas with higher crime (mostly drug-related). See the Binghamton crime map.
Vestal is the town that surrounds the university and is the most costly part of the
area, with many neighborhoods tucked into the woods in a very beautiful, natural setting.
There are some apartment complexes in the area that are good for families. Vestal
also has many large shopping plazas. Most of Vestal does not have sidewalks, which
can be problematic if you like to walk around with a stroller. But if you like to
hike trails, Vestal is full of them.
Endicott is a bit further from campus, but still within a 15-minute drive and still
convenient to important destinations in the area. It has its own "downtown" on Washington
Ave., which is in the process of revival. Parts of Endicott that allow for low-income
families to live in family friendly neighborhoods. Low-cost municipal electric subsidizes
electricity costs, so most rentals are heated electrically, and heating bills are
relatively low in the winter.
Johnson City is convienient to many destinations such as the Oakdale Mall and downtown
Binghamton and has many bus routes. The IOST mosque located on Grand Avenue is convenient
for Muslim families.
No matter where you move, check the city crime statistics to make sure you are not
moving into the middle of something unpleasant or unsafe. Ask your potential landlord
about the safety of the neighborhood and be clear about what your expectations are