New York's Capital Region

The University at Albany enjoys a strategic location in the City of Albany. The capital of the State of New York offers something for everyone, the center of a region remarkable for its natural and cultural resources.

The Capital Region includes the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and has a population of approximately 838,000. Within a short distance are the Berkshires, the Catskills and the Adirondacks, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.


Major ski areas such as Killington, Gore, Hunter, Bromley, Stratton and Mt. Snow are within easy commuting distance.  Saratoga Springs, 25 miles to the north, is internationally known as a sports, concert, and cultural center, and features outstanding thoroughbred and harness racing at Saratoga Race Track.

Within Reach

Geographically, the city of Albany is only:

  • 150 miles from New York City
  • 175 miles from Boston
  • 225 miles from Montreal, Canada.

The New York State Thruway and two major interstate highways intersect one mile from the main campus.  Bus, rail, and air terminals are all within ten minutes of UAlbany’s campus.

The City of Albany

AlbanyAlbany’s downtown is dominated by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, a billion-dollar complex that includes government buildings, a convention center, the State Museum, and State Library. Directly across from the Plaza stands the State Capitol, a majestic five-story structure, completed in 1879, which houses the governor's offices and the chambers of the State Senate and Assembly. For decades, both the Plaza and the Capitol have been the site of hundreds of legislative and agency internships by UAlbany students interested in history, public policy, politics and the environment.

A 2010 Brookings Institute report ranked Albany as one of America's 21 most recession-proof cities.

Historic downtown Albany combines the cosmopolitan ambiance of old townhouses, boutiques and restaurants, with a major arena, the 17,500-seat Times Union Center, a major entertainment and cultural-event venue. It is also a frequent host site for major sporting events, and will play host for the first time to the NCAA Women's Tournament Eastern Regional in March 2015 and to the NCAA Hockey Tournament Eastern Regional in March 2016. 

In the past 18 years, over $1 billion in economic development projects have been implemented in the city. The historic link between downtown and the Hudson River was restored with the opening of the Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge and the construction of a multi-purpose amphitheatre at the Corning Park. The restoration of the historic Palace Theatre now provides a venue that complements the Times Union Center as a host to world class entertainers and cultural events. Capital Repertory Theatre presents highly acclaimed region theater productions.

Shopping and Nightlife

Four major malls and shopping centers, including Crossgates, Stuyvesant Plaza and Colonie Center, fall within one mile of campus. Albany nightlife is active with concerts, movies, theatre, dancing, and nearly every kind of restaurant or eatery imaginable.