Living on Long Island
Living on Long Island gives students the peace of mind that they can live and study comfortably in the New York Metropolitan area. Set 40 km outside the city, students can explore Long Island's famed beaches, including the Hamptons and Long Beach. The sparkling coast makes the perfect backdrop for having fun with friends at the boardwalk or dining at restaurants offering fresh seafood and other local favorites. Lush forests also make their home on Long Island, giving students with an adventurous side the chance to hike and discover natural beauty just outside of campus. For more exciting tips about living on Long Island, visit our City Guide.
Campus community, with a view
Integrated seamlessly into Hofstra's campus and career opportunities, New York City provides students with further opportunities for exploration. Students can experience endless restaurants, sites, and diverse activities. Whether they are enjoying international cuisine, soaking in cultural sites, or proving their worth at a competitive internship with top organizations, students will benefit greatly from their connection to New York City.
Explore, relax, adventure
Long Island, New York is full of local favorites and well-known attractions. You'll find many shops, restaurants, sites, and natural beauty within minutes of the university. Take a quick study break or spend an afternoon experiencing your local surroundings. Campus is centrally located on the island, and you can easily access these hotspots:
Jones Beach Island
Nassau County Museum
Old Westbury Gardens
Long Island Aquarium
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Hofstra University Museum
Long Island Explorium
Splish Splash Water Park
Smith Point Park
Islip Art Museum
Long Island Sound
Nightlife in the City and Long Island
If you prefer to stay away from New York City and closer to campus, you will still find plenty to do. Whatever you are in the mood for, there's omthig for everyone. For a fun night on Long Island, try one of the following:
Governor's Comedy Cabaret
Monaghan's Bar & Restaurant
Croxley Ale House Smithtown
Babylon Carriage House
Food Done It?
K.J. Farrell's Bar & Grill
Leo's Midway - Garden City Bar & Restaurant
The Velvet Lounge
841 East Lounge
Tainos Cafe & Lounge
89 North Music Venue
The Harbor Grill
Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill
The Founder's Room
That 70's Band
The Jazz Loft
Sports to participate in and watch
In the New York Metropolitan area you will find plenty of sports teams to cheer on. You can easily get to the city for a game any time of the year, as various teams always have something going on. Root for the Giants or Jets in the National Football League in the fall. In the winter, choose from the Rangers or Islanders in the National Hockey League or one of several National Basketball Association teams in the area: Knicks, Nets, or Liberty. In the spring and summer, enjoy a Major League Baseball game watching the Yankees or Mets play.
If you're a fan of playing sports, Hofstra has athletics teams year-round. Choose from football, basketball, running, golf, field hockey, and more.
Tastes from around the world
Living on Long Island offers students an affordable and easy way to dine. From friendly restaurants to quicker meals, there are food and beverage options for every taste. If you crave something more adventurous, New York City offers unlimited restaurants, which you can explore at your leisure. There are over 20,000 restaurants within the five boroughs on New York City, according to the NYC Department of Health.
Live near the shopping capital of the world
Shopping on Long Island boasts a range of options. From chain stores and name brands to boutiques, you'll find shopping that meets your needs. While large shopping malls offer a variety of shops, including brand name designers and department stores, smaller boutiques offer local and unique finds. Explore more Long Island, New York shopping below:
Westfield Sunrise Mall
Walt Whitman Mall
Smith Haven Mall
Westfield South Shore Shopping
H & M
Festivals and events on Long Island
Fairs, festivals, and events fill the annual calendar on Long Island, New York. You and your friends can join the fun and participate in a number of activities. Learn about other cultures, enjoy food and drinks, or simply relax and enjoy the scene. Some of the annual festivals and events include:
Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival
Long Island Fall Beer Festival
The Long Island Fair
Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries
Annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow
Brookhaven Country Fair
Harbes Orchard Apple Festival
Colonial Day at Raynham Hall Museum
Long Island Garlic Festival
Italian Experience Festival
Pal-O-Mine’s Fall Festival and Open House
Wildwood Fall Festival
Transportation on Long Island and into New York City
Nearly every form of transportation services Long Island, New York. These include three major airports, railroads, highways, and subways. Air travel to Long Island is easy. The three large airports with regularly scheduled commercial airline service are the John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, both in Queens County (in New York City), and the Long Island MacArthur Airport (sometimes referred to as Islip Airport), a smaller airport in Suffolk County on Long Island. Travelers heading to or from Kennedy Airport may use AirTrain to connect with the Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica or the New York City Subway in Jamaica or Howard Beach.
If driving, the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway, and Southern State Parkway make east–west travel on the island straightforward. There are currently 10 road crossings out of Long Island. There are also 11 subway and railroad crossings. The Long Island Rail Road has 728 daily trains. The Nassau Inter-County Express provides bus transportation throughout Nassau County and part of Suffolk County.