The Ultimate Binghamton University Visit Checklist

Posted by Jacob Wilkins on June 22, 2021

Planning a visit to Binghamton University? We’ve put together this checklist to plan your trip including lodging, restaurants, activities and more, so when you arrive here you’re guaranteed to have a fun and productive stay!!


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There are many different hotel and motel options to provide a comfortable stay during your trip. You can stay in the heart of downtown or closer to campus on the Vestal Parkway. 


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Whether you’re staying overnight or you’re just in town for a day trip, there are a variety of great take-out and sit-down dining options available. This list of restaurants for Binghamton, Vestal and the surrounding areas will satisfy your tastebuds! Spiedies, our culinary claim to fame, are definitely recommended! 


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After riding in your car for hours, there’s nothing worse than having to spend another 30 minutes trying to find a parking spot, right?! This page goes over all the options and locations for visitor parking on campus. Check out our parking map to help guide you as well!

Campus Tours

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You can scope out our beautiful campus through a self-guided tour! A virtual student tour guide will guide you through campus, and you can go at your own pace! Click here to sign up.

Retail Stores

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We totally understand that once you see your residence hall you may want to buy a few things to make move-in easier! The good news is that Vestal is home to many major retailers to fulfill your shopping needs. The Shoppes at Vestal, Parkway Plaza and Town Square Mall are all central hubs for one-stop shopping. (Photo courtesy of

Binghamton University Bookstore

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Looking for a Binghamton t-shirt or sweatshirt? Stop by the Binghamton University Bookstore to stock up on your favorite Bing apparel. Located on the second floor of The Union, the Bookstore also carries laptop sleeves, mugs, ID holders and a whole lot more! 

Other excellent clothing options downtown include the alumni-owned Muckles and Boscov’s.


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Have some time to spare? This is a beautiful time of year to go for a hike! Right on campus is the stunning Nature Preserve. Check out this full list of great parks that have trails for all levels of hikers. 

Leisure Activities

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There are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy in Binghamton during the summer. You can go to a minor league baseball game, visit the Ross Park Zoo, or see stunning artwork dotnwon First Fridays, to name just a few options. Or, like these Bearcats above, you could simply have a friendly frisbee toss on the quad! To learn more, click on this full list of fun things to do around town this summer!

Jacob Wilkins is as an assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations. He also serves as the lead broadcaster for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate. 

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