The College of Community and Public Affairs is in the heart of downtown Binghamton, which means students are near the organizations where they are interning, making real-world learning easily accessible. Many Binghamton undergraduate students choose to live downtown as upperclassmen, which helps facilitate this transition. Students who continue to live on campus can take advantage of free bus transportation available every 20 minutes. A majority of our upper-division and graduate students live off campus, making the Downtown Center an ideal location to take classes and study.
Graduate students and upper-division human development students take their courses at the Downtown Center. First- and second-year students majoring in human development take classes at the Vestal campus during the first two years.
Proximity to our partners
All of our bachelors and masters students are required to complete internships, so our downtown location gives them convenient access to popular placement sites. Here are a few examples of organizations within walking distance from where our students are taking classes: Binghamton High School, Broome County Office for Aging, Broome County Department of Mental Health, Broome County Addiction Center – to name a few.
While the University Downtown Center is an academic building, we also think of the site as a community center, and regularly host events and speaking engagements that are free and open to the public. We also can support and facilitate meetings and retreats.
The Binghamton University Libraries has a variety of services and resources, both at the Downtown Center and on the main campus to support your intellectual endeavors.
Library and information commons
The UDC Information Commons offers study lounges and computer pods, collections, inter-library loan, printers and copy machines.
Subject guides and librarians
Do you know that University subject librarians maintain a listing of databases, news sources, blogs, books and funding sources related to your course or academic degree?
Community and public affairs, human development, public administration and social
Safety and security
Student safety is a priority at the UDC. The area surrounding the center is generally safe. It is usually teeming with student life, since students make up a majority of the downtown population.
A security guard is on duty at the Binghamton University Downtown Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the Binghamton Police Department is a block away. A highly visible emergency phone is located in the center’s parking lot. This phone will automatically connect the user with the New York State University Police at Binghamton.