In general, students find Troy to be a boring and dangerous place where it is hard to have fun. If you are from a big city where there is always something going on, you will definitely be disappointed by the atmosphere in Troy. Albany, Saratoga, and Grafton Lake are all good get-away spots if you have a car.
Troy may not be the nicest place to live, but to its credit, it is a very old city with a lot of history. However, since RPI wants its students to stay on campus, if you are into history and want to find out any interesting facts and tidbits about the city, you have to do it on your own. As far as entertainment options, there are a few decent golf courses in the area at reasonable prices, not to mention plenty of hills to go hiking, and creeks if you feel like cliff jumping on a hot afternoon. RPI will tell you that you should never go downtown-and while it can be scary at night, as long as you don't wander off by yourself and stick with a few friends while walking the streets, you should be okay. Distractions are welcome to RPI students to break the monotony of studying; whenever you have a chance to do something different, you should.