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2 College Sophomore

Local Area: The transportation around my college is horrible. The bus are never on time, they take about an hour to get there, bus stop running at a certain time so students are force to take taxis or walk to campus. Taxis are expensive and a lot of college students don't have money.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Albany! It's a nice place, especially in college town. I love it in Albany. It's easy to get around, there are all kinds of things fairly close and it's just beautiful. Everything is just lovely!

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Everything is pretty much in walking distance. There's a lot of family owned restaurants, and a dinosaur BBQ right down the road. If you want to shop in town there are a couple cute, little (but a little pricey) boutiques. The bad thing is that you can end up in a bad part of town quite easily. The school constantly tells their students to never venture off campus alone, and they encourage the students to have pepper spray.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Troy is such a great place to live with tons of fun activities. There are so many places to eat and a lot of historic attractions. Of course, the city setting can be dangerous, however I've never run into any problems.

1 College Senior

Local Area: In downtown Troy there are nice shops, food chains, and beautifully constructed buildings to visit. However, the dingy and dull atmosphere of downtown Troy is overcome with locals who walk through the Sage campus. It is nice, however, to have RPI students to interact with just up the hill.


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Troy is accommodating to students, many of which find jobs, internships, community service opportunities, and educational opportunities within a short distance from campus. The city also accommodates students in the sense that there is plenty to do, including shops, restaurants, libraries, and museums. There is a lot to keep students entertained and an example of one event is Troy Night Out, a monthly arts night in the downtown area. Students tend to stay on campus during prime hours of the school week because it is easier to complete homework and to participate in events on campus. The College holds events and activities on a regular basis, so there is always something for students to do on campus, as well.

Students tend to spend most of their free time off campus in the surrounding area of Troy, either at night or on weekends. Russell Sage is located only a short distance away from many colleges in the region, including SUNY Albany, Hudson Valley Community College, Siena College, Saint Rose, and the Sage College of Albany. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the closest, only about two miles away. In the Troy area surrounding campus, it is not recommended to walk alone during the day or night. There have been safety issues off campus, mostly during the night, so students should always walk in groups and have emergency numbers programmed into their phones.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Emma Willard School was once a part of Russell Sage College, and it was known as the best school for young women.
  2. Troy is called "the Collar City" because of its production of shirts, collars, and textiles.
  3. Several major movies have been filmed in Troy, including The Age of Innocence and Scent of a Woman.
Notable Natives
  • Herman Melville - writer of "Moby Dick"
  • Maureen Stapleton - actress
  • Kurt Vonnegut - writer
Points of Interest
  • Central Park Rose Garden
  • Egg
  • Howe Caverns
  • New York State Museum
  • New York State Theater Institute
  • Proctors Theater
  • Saratoga Race Track
  • Schaghticoke Fair
  • Troy Market
Shopping Centers
  • Clifton Park Center
  • Colonie Center
  • Crossgates Mall
  • Latham Circle Mall
  • Rotterdam Square Mall
  • Stuyvesant Plaza
  • Wilton Mall
Movie Theaters
Jericho Drive-In Theater
21 Jericho Rd.
(518) 767-3398
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Clifton Park Center 8
22 Clifton Country Rd.
Clifton Park
(518) 371-2001
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas East Greenbush 8
279 Troy Rd.
(518) 283-8992
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Latham Circle Mall 10
800 New London Rd.
(518) 786-6949
Movie Theaters
Regal Colonie Center Stadium 13
131 Colonie Center
(515) 489-8505
Movie Theaters
Regal Crossgates Stadium 18 IMAX
120B Washington Ave.
(518) 456-2326
Movie Theaters
Spectrum 8 Theatres
290 Delaware Ave.
(518) 449-8995
Major Sports Teams
  • Albany Conquest: Arena Football League
  • Tri-City ValleyCats: Minor league baseball
  • Troy's Fighting Irish : Semi-pro football team
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Albany: NY: 15 minutes
  • Boston: MA: 3 hours
  • Troy: NY: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 33 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 28 responses

  • 32% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 21% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 7% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 36% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 28 responses

  • 93% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 7% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% Totally.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 28% No way.
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