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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is manageable. The convenience of Hofstra is that it is located near a main highway which is equidistant to NYC or eastern Long Island. So, you can enjoy the night life in manhattan or frequent the local bars and clubs. Eisenhower park is walking distance from Hofstra, and offers activities and a beautiful trail. Hempstead can be a rough area because the area compared to other towns in the county is in the bracket of areas with low socio-economic status. So, one needs to be equipped with awareness and common sense. Other than that, campus safety are friendly. For instance, when I went to know more about my school, public safety allowed me to park in their lot even though it was private, and assisted me in finding the hall for Hofstra's graduate study open house.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Hempstead is not the nicest town to live in. However, there is a park and a mall close by. The next town over, Garden City, is really nice. You can easily find places to eat and hang out.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of things to do, and free rides to the city, pretty great

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not the safest or best looking area

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is nonexistent. NYC is great. Campus is lovely.


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Tayla Holman
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One of the great things about Hofstra's location is that it's close to a lot of things to do. There is the Roosevelt Field Mall and the Mall at the Source for shopping, two movie theaters that are a short drive away if you want to catch a flick on the weekend, and Jones Beach about 15 minutes away. Right off campus, there's also the Nassau Coliseum that has several concerts and games throughout the year.

However, Hofstra is also located in one of the worst neighborhoods in Nassau County. Hempstead has had many problems with drugs and violence over the years, and even though things are slowly getting better, it's still a pretty dangerous place to be at night or if you're by yourself. If you really must venture off campus, Garden City is a nicer neighborhood with a good amount of stores and restaurants. Or you can always take the LIRR to New York City if you get bored. Just make sure to take it from Mineola because taking it from Hempstead takes longer and the station isn't as nice or safe as Mineola.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Long Island stretches 125 miles from the farthest point west to the farthest point east at Montauk. The lighthouse at Montauk was New York's first coastal beacon, built in 1796.
  2. In 1909, Hempstead, Long Island, the town in which Hofstra resides, would earn the nickname, "the cradle of aviation," as the flat plains made for a natural airfield. With the approaching world wars, the area became the foremost training grounds for Army aviators.
  3. Roosevelt Field, now the site of endless shopping and dining possibilities, is the site where Charles Lindbergh launched the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris.
  4. For all of you nature-lovers seeking an alternate way to spend the weekend on Long Island, the Old Westbury Gardens recently celebrated their 100th anniversary. Just a short bus ride from the school, you'll forget about the hustle of Long Island amid the 160 acres of preserved gardens, landscaped grounds, ponds, and lakes.
  5. Besides all of the major sports teams associated with New York, Long Island is becoming more and more famous for the other sporting events it hosts. Aside from the perennials (Belmont Stakes and the U.S. Tennis Open in Queens), Long Island has recently hosted the U.S. Golf Open twice in four years.
Notable Natives
  • Billy Joel - musician, "Piano Man"
  • The Baldwin Brothers - actors
  • Eddie Murphy - comedian
  • Billy Crystal - comedian
  • Ashanti - pop star
  • Mariah Carey - pop star
  • Vinny Testaverde - former New York Jet
  • Jim Brown - football hall of famer
  • Jane Monheit - jazz singer
  • Natalie Portman - actress
  • Eddie Money - classic rocker
Points of Interest
  • American Museum of National History
  • Anywhere on the North Shore
  • Belmont Park
  • The Bronx Zoo
  • Central Park
  • Eisenhower Park
  • Greenwich Village
  • Jones Beach
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Nassau Coliseum
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Robert Moses State Park
Shopping Centers
  • Broadway Mall
  • The Mall at the Source
  • Roosevelt Field Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Raceway 10
1025 Corporate Dr.
(516) 745-6633
Movie Theaters
Roosevelt Field 8
630 Old Country Rd.
Garden City
(516) 741-4009
Movie Theaters
United Artists Westbury Stadium 12
7000 Brush Hollow Rd.
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 81 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 80 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 60% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 24% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 79 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 66% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 30% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 79 responses

  • 37% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% Totally.



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