Radford is in Southwest Virginia, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The school has an incredible view of the New River and the mountains surrounding it. But in terms of things to do, Radford's closest shopping mall is 20 minutes away and the closest club is in Roanoke. With the majority of entertainment outside of town limits, many students spend their weekends away. The school has been nicknamed a "suitcase school" by students, as many prefer to stay at Virginia Tech or return home on the weekends.
The town of Radford offers movie theaters and many dining options. The campus also provides bowling, pool, and pingpong for students. However, most students do not stay on campus during the weekends and usually head out into the surrounding area to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the mountains have to offer. In the spring and summer months, many students stay in town to go tubing down the New River or to spend the day playing games or relaxing in Bisset Park. There are opportunities for hiking and camping, and the Blue Ridge Mountains offer Skyline Drive and many locations for scenic picnics and day hikes. Also, less than an hour away is Smith Mountain Lake, which offers many cute cottages, perfect for a weekend getaway with friends.