International Students : Life in Alfred, NY

International StudentsVillage of Alfred

Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Western New York, the Village of Alfred is home to both Alfred University and Alfred State College. As a small town (approximately 4,000 residents and 5,000 students),  Alfred offers you the chance to learn about U.S. culture in a friendly, comfortable setting.  Before you arrive, you may want to research the area to prepare yourself for life here. Learn more about

Area Activities

There is a lot to do in Western New York in addition to vising Niagara Falls:

Hiking: If you enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities, you can begin by visiting Alfred University's Foster Lake and the trails on Pine Hill, above campus. In addition, there are several State Parks in the area - Stony Brook, Letchworth, and Watkins Glen.

Horseback riding: Alfred University has its own equestrian center where you can learn English or Western-style riding.

Skiing: Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available at Swain Ski Area, a 30-35 minute drive from the university. The skiing and snowboarding club often organizes trips to other ski areas as well. Nordic ski trails are located at the state forest at Phillips Creek, ten minutes from the village, and at area parks.

Museums: The Corning Museum of Glass is a unique attraction located about 40 minutes from Alfred in Corning NY. It houses a collection covering over 35 centuries of different types of glass sculpture, along with demonstrations of glass-blowing. In addition, both Rochester and Buffalo are home to outstanding museums and cultural resources.