Unfortunately, the city of Altoona is not a college town. Most businesses close around 10:30 p.m., although many are trying to extend their hours for more business. However, the Varsity Café is very close to campus and doesn't close until midnight. This café features hookahs, singing, and dancing, and although the venue is fairly small, it a popular place for students. Other favorite late-night activities include going to a late movie or traveling to nearby colleges to interact with new people. On some nights, the two bowling alleys in town offer midnight bowling, which lasts until 2 a.m. and comes at a reduced price.
The majority of students tend to stay on campus or very close by, mingling at the off-campus apartments with their classmates. A lot of people also travel to State College where "Big Penn State" resides. Underage activities tend to revolve around walking the streets and trying to find a place to hang out. However, even though Altoona isn’t a traditional college town, the college atmosphere is very prevalent here.