International Students : Alfred Area

Alfred University ISO StudentsDuring your stay in Alfred you may find yourself wanting to explore the area and become involved with the community.  Below you will find some area services including banking, religious services, things to do in the area, and other relevant information for Western New York.

Area news: Alfred has a weekly newspaper (the Alfred Sun) but for more up to date information about the area, the Evening Tribune (Hornell) or the Daily Reporter (Wellsville) are good resources.  For news about the region, Rochester and Buffalo offer many newspapers, television news shows, and radio stations which cover local, state, national, and world news.  One example of such is WSKG, a public broadcasting service for New York.

Banking: It is wise for new students who are carrying extra money to take advantage of a banking facility. American banks offer two kinds of service: savings accounts and checking accounts. There are two banks that serve Alfred:

Community Bank, N.A., phone: 607.587.8444, is located on Main Street in Alfred.

Steuben Trust Company, phone: 607.587.9122, is located approximately one mile north of campus near Arrowmart and Little Sicily’s.

Religious Services: The Alfred community and its surrounding area offer a wide range of spiritual opportunities for Alfred University students. Religious communities in the village and beyond welcome student participation and many religious groups offer on-campus activities and programs specifically designed for University students. General questions may be directed to Laurie DeMott, Alfred University Interfaith Advisor: 607.587.8738; Email demotlj@alfred.edu.

Holidays
Major/National Holidays: January 1 - New Year's Day; January (third Monday of the month) - Martin Luther King Day; March/April – Easter; May (last Monday of the month) - Memorial Day; July 4 - Independence Day; September (first Monday of the month) - Labor Day; November (Thursday before last weekend of the month) - Thanksgiving Day; December 25 - Christmas Day.

Other customary holidays: Valentine's Day (February 14), St. Patrick's Day (March 17), Mother's Day (second Sunday in May), Father's Day (third Sunday in June) and Halloween (October 31). 

Local: Alfred has it's own unique holiday to celebrate each year, called “Hot Dog Day” (Third weekend in April). This 'holiday' is end-of-the-semester celebration and community fund raiser with Alfred University, Alfred State College, and the village. 

Restaurants: There are many great eateries in Alfred and the surrounding area for you to try while you are here.

Village
B.B. Shenanigans: Diner food and late night specialties, located at 7 North Main Street.  For more information, call 607.661.3106.

Café Za: American and International Cuisine, located at 18 Church Street in Alfred.  For more information, call 607.587.9673

The Collegiate (The Jet):  Located on Main Street next to Community Bank, the Jet offers traditional diner food.  For more information, call 607.587.9293

Fox’s Pizza Den: Pizza, Calzones, and Subs located right on Main Street across from Community Bank.  For more information, call 607.587.8868

Nana’s Japanese Restaurant: Located at 54 North Main Street, Nana’s offered traditional Japanese food.  For more information call 607.587.8335

Panda’s Chinese Restaurant: Chinese food located on Main Street across from Carnegie Hall.  For more information, call 607.587.8255

Terra Cotta Coffee House: Specialty drinks, coffee, as well as focaccia sandwiches located on Main Street across from the Jet.  For more information, call 607.587.8800

Uncle Alfred’s Sub Shop: Subs located at 17 North Main Street.  For more information, call 607.587.9070

Alfred Station
Little Sicily’s: Pizza and Italian-style food located at 933 Route 244 (across from Steuben Trust Company).  For more information call 607.587.9570 or visit http://www.littlesicily.biz/

Subway: Connected to the Arrowmart (located next door to the Steuben Trust Company), Subway is an international chain which offers subs, salads, pizza, and breakfast.  For more information call 607.587.8012 or visit www.subway.com

Others
Pollywogg Holler: Serving hand-made, fire-cooked pizza every Sunday and Wednesday in a unique location.  Pollywogg Holler is an Eco-Resort that features sculpture gardens, a wine cellar, and lodging located in Belmont (about a 15 minute drive from campus).  For more information call 585.268.5292 or visit www.pollywoggholler.com.

Shopping: There are many places for your shopping needs throughout the area.

Village: There is a UniMart convenience store and  Alfred Pharmacy located on Main Street. Kinfolk Natural Grocery store, located on W. University Street 607.587.8840, offers locally grown, natural food.

Alfred Station (1 mile from campus): The Dollar General store has basic processed foods and supplies, as well as toiletries. Also in Alfred Station is Stearns Poultry 607.587.9215, Arrowmart Gas Station, and Tinkertown Hardware. Stearns sells poultry products and Tinkertown offers standard hardware supplies, as well as pies and baked goods on Fridays!

Hornell (12 miles from campus):  There are more expansive shopping opportunities in Hornell.  For food and basic supplies, WalMart or Wegman’s grocery store would be your best option.  These can be accessed by public transportation as the Hornell Area Transit ― HAT bus, 607.324.7910, makes frequent runs between Alfred and Hornell. Although most places will accept travelers' checks, credit cards, and debit cards, some cash may be necessary.

Hospitals/Urgent Care:  Your first stop for any health related concerns should be the campus Health Center.  However, if that is closed and it is an emergency, call 911 (9-911 from on-campus phones) and a dispatcher will send an ambulance/firemen/police as needed.  You can also contact Campus Safety 24 hours a day at 607.871.2108 if it an emergency and they will help contact the appropriate authorities for you. If you need to visit a doctor immediately and the health center is closed, there are a few local options.

Hospitals
Jones Memorial Hospital is located on 191 Main St. in Wellsville NY (20-25 minute drive from Alfred) 585.593.1100.

St. James Mercy Hospital is located at 411 Canisteo St. in Hornell NY (20-25 minute drive from Alfred) 607.324.8000.

Urgent Care (Hours subject to change, call to confirm availability)
Jones Memorial Clinic, 28 Church Street, Alfred, NY, Mon - Fri. Call for appointment: 607.587.8143.

Hornell Surgical Group, Same Day Clinic, 32 Genesee Street, Hornell, NY, Mon - Fri. Call for appointment: 607.324.1000.

AU Rescue Squad operates when school is in session beginning at 6pm daily. Call 2108 for information.

Area activities: There are many great things to do in the Western New York!  Beyond Niagara Falls (which is a planned activity for International Orientation), there is a lot to do in this region.

Outdoors:  if you’re looking to explore the natural beauty of WNY, there are two great state parks in the area to check out.  The first is Letchworth State Park, located about an hour north from Alfred.   The second state park is Stony Brook, which is about 30 minutes north of Alfred.  Both are state parks which allow for camping, pavilion use, and hiking trails throughout the area.  There is a fee for each vehicle that enters the park, along with additional fees for camping or swimming.

Corning Glass Museum:  A unique attraction in Corning (about 40 minutes from Alfred) is the Museum of Glass.  The museum has a lot of exhibits cover over 35 centuries of different types of glass sculptures, along with demonstrations of glass blowing. 

Rochester: Rochester has a lot of neat places to visit from the Erie Canal to the Eastman House (the oldest museum dedicated to photography).  For more information on what to do in the Rochester area, visit http://www.visitrochester.com/

Buffalo: Besides being the gateway to Canada, Buffalo has a lot to offer!  Visit http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/ for information on museums, festivals, and more.

Sports teams: There are quite a few sports teams in the area besides your AU Saxons!  Most are located in Rochester or Buffalo, but there are a few other locations as well. Make sure to check out the Student Activities calendar, as they often plan trips to some of the games.          

Baseball: If you’re interested in baseball, the Batavia Muckdogs are a Short-season A minor league baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.  In that same league are the Jamestown Jammers who are affiliated with the Miami Marlins There are also Triple A minor league baseball teams located in Buffalo and Rochester.  The Buffalo Bison are affiliated with the New York Mets while the Rochester Redwings are affiliated with the Minnesota Wild.

Lacrosse: There are two types of lacrosse played in WNY: Indoor and outdoor.  For outdoor lacrosse teams, the Rochester Rattlers play against the Hamilton (ON) Nationals (located just over the Niagara Falls border) in Major League Lacrosse.  For indoor lacrosse teams, the Rochester Knighthawks and the Buffalo Bandits compete in the National Lacrosse League.

Hockey: There are a lot of great places to watch ice hockey in the area!  There is one NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres, in the region and their minor league affiliate, the Rochester Americans play in the AHL.  Also in the area is an ECHL team, the Elmira Jackals (about 40 minutes from Alfred). 

Football: American football is a huge sport in the area and the main team to watch is the Buffalo Bills.  Coming soon, the Roc City Thunder, an indoor football team, will be debuting in Rochester. 

Soccer: If soccer is more your thing, you have a lot of teams to choose from.  The Western New York Flash is the female professional soccer team in the area.  Their male counterparts, the Rochester Rhinos, play in the USL.  The Rochester Lancers play in the Major Indoor Soccer League.  In Buffalo, FC Buffalo plays in the National Premier Soccer League, an amateur league.

Traveling throughout NY and the United States
So now that you have seen all the neat things the area has to offer, we bet you’re ready to explore! But how do you get where you want to be going? While in the United States you will have time to travel throughout the region and country and see what we have to offer.  No matter how you travel or where to you should always have your documentation with you: passport, 1-20 or DS-2019 form, and any required signatures.  Here are some practical suggestions for travel to make your time in America hassle-free.

Renting a car:  We recommend that you not drive while in the United States.  The rules of the road may be very different from your home country and it isn’t worth the headache.  Alfred has a “Ride Board” in which you can request a ride to or from a location with other Alfred students.  However, if you plan to travel by car here are some suggestions:

-If you’re renting a car, be on the safe side and get an international driver’s license before leaving your home country. Foreign visitors can legally drive a car in the USA for up to 12 months using their home driver’s license. However, an IDP will have more credibility with U.S. traffic police, especially if your home license doesn’t have a photo or isn’t in English.  Always carry your home license together with the IDP.

-Most rental companies require that you have a major credit card, be at least 25 years old and have a valid driver’s license to rent a car. Some major national companies may rent to drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 for an additional charge of around $25 per day. Those under 21 are usually not permitted to rent at all.

Traveling by Bus: Shortline offers bus trips from Alfred to many towns and cities.  There are daily trips to Corning, Binghamton, and new York City, as well as to other countries throughout the state and region.  You typically will need some form of ID to purchase and use a ticket.  To go outside the region by bus, you will have to take a Shortline bus to Rochester, Buffalo, or another bigger city and transfer to a different company.

Many bus stations are clean and safe, but some towns have just a flag stop. If you are boarding at one of these, pay the driver with exact change as you board the bus.

Reservations: Tickets for some buses can only be purchased immediately prior to departure.  Check the websites to see how to purchase tickets. 

Flying by Plane: There are two domestic and international airports near Alfred: Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Greater Rochester International Airport.  A third airport, the Elmira Corning Regional Airport also offers some flights to the region including Buffalo, Syracuse, Philadelphia, NYC, and Detroit, as well as an occasional flight to Orlando.  You can buy tickets directly from the airlines’ websites or through third-party websites like Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak, and many others. 

Traveling by Train: Amtrak offers train trips all across the country and into Canada.  There are Amtrak stations in Rochester and Buffalo.  Taking the train is often cheaper than flying, but our trains are not as speedy as the trains in some other countries, so be sure to check the travel times to your destination.