The nightlife at Penn State Altoona is generally lacking on campus and in the town. The majority of students tend to stay close to campus by having parties and small get-togethers at their apartments or their friends’ places at various off-campus complexes. Students who want to go out but don’t have a car can walk to Aldo's or Trianon, which are bars approximately a mile from campus. There are other clubs and bars around, but they are on the outskirts of the city.
The availability of nightlife drops drastically for students under the age of 21. The most entertaining things to do are bowling, ice skating, or going to the movies. Underage students can also go to a restaurant and hang out there with friends, but Denny's and Eat ‘n Park are the only ones open all night. Many students take trips out of town or go to Saint Francis University, about 20 miles away, to interact with other college students who are not from Penn State Altoona. Other universities and colleges in the area include Penn State University Park, Juniata College, Mount Aloysius College, and Lock Haven University.