The Village of Hamilton really couldn’t be more of a college town if it tried. This sleepy community has a tight-knit population of about 3,500 and features a number of restaurants, bars, and locally-run stores and lunch eateries. The town and the University pride themselves in strong relations, and Colgate houses its bookstore, a coffee shop, and the Palace Theater downtown; students often get to know the members of the community through daily interaction in the Village. The Village Green plays host to the weekly farmers' market each Saturday, and during the summer, the town hosts a weekly concert series as well as a massive Fourth of July celebration culminating in a large block party outside of the Colgate Inn. While the closest big-box chains are about 30 minutes away and there are no chains inside the Village limits, students find practically everything they need within walking distance or a short ride by car or on the Colgate Cruiser.
Colgate is definitely not a suitcase school, and the vast majority of students sticks around campus on the weekends to take part in the thriving night scene downtown, whether at one of the local bars or the Barge Canal Coffee Co., which hosts musical performances, Colgate’s improv group, and open mic nights nearly every week. This small town packs a big punch, and for the most part, students really grow to love Hamilton for its beauty and entertainment.