Quinnipiac University is situated right in the middle of the sleepy suburban town of Hamden. Located 15 to 20 minutes away is the downtown area of New Haven, Conn., which is home to the prestigious Yale University. In Hamden, the atmosphere is mostly quiet and laid-back. There are two main grocery stores, a bowling alley, many restaurants and bars, several tanning and nail salons, and more than enough Dunkin' Donuts. In short, mostly every need of a college student is located in Hamden. There are also haircut places, doctors' offices, drug stores, and post offices located in Hamden.
In terms of food, Hamden has two nice sushi restaurants, a chic tapas restaurant, a wine bar, and a popular Mexican restaurant and bar, to name a few. Students tend to venture to these restaurants quite frequently. There are no dance clubs in Hamden, mainly sit-down, laid-back bars. The Hamden bar scene is really reserved for students who are 21-and-up. The bars are very strict with IDs here and do not take any fakes. On the other hand, New Haven is the wild, club scene many Quinnipiac students crave. Toad's Place is legendary at Quinnipiac. Every Quinnipiac student has probably had too much to drink at Toad's at least once in his or her life. This bar doubles as a club on weekend nights and a place for live music during the week. There are several other bars and nightclubs located in New Haven, including Black Bear, Wicked Wolf, and Bar. If you travel to New Haven on a Thursday night, you will see hoards of college students, walking down the streets in heels and skimpy clothing, with police officers standing on alert.