“The Student Ghetto,” a name coined for downtown Albany’s rundown and grimy atmosphere, is where students living off campus reside. The houses are ancient, smell of stale beer and smoke, and often become home to not only students but also little furry friends. Although it’s much cheaper to live off campus, you’re certainly sacrificing a lot for a lower cost. Frat and sorority houses are all located downtown, meaning many of the parties chock-full of broken beer bottles and drunken brawls will be right next door.
Some students prefer to live downtown not only because of the price reduction but also because they can simply walk home rather than take a cab or bus back to campus. Bars, clubs, and the majority of house parties are all within walking distance from one another. Another reason why students may prefer downtown to on-campus housing is the added freedom. They’re able to smoke, drink, and have pets in their houses without the fear of UPD knocking at their door. Shuttles are also close enough to transport you to and from campus for free. If you're willing to deal with a low quality of living arrangements for a high quality of freedom, then downtown may be a great option.