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Living on Long Island, New York  

Just 40 km from New York City, Long Island is famous for its beaches. 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. Long Island is equally famous for its lush forests, giving students with an adventurous side the chance to hike and discover natural beauty beyond their campus.   

Check out our City Guide to learn more about the go-to places on Long Island.

Explore the Big Apple 

By living less than an hour away, you can see how New York City plays a big role in your campus life and your career opportunities. Whether you’re enjoying food from around the world, visiting famous landmarks, or gaining valuable experience at internships with top organizations, your New York city connections can be memorable for your personal and professional growth.  

Lighthouse at Long Island, New York
Long Island in New York
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Long Island is full of local favorites and well-known attractions. You'll find many shops, restaurants, sites and natural beauty within minutes of the university:  

  • Roosevelt Field 

  • Jones Beach Island 

  • Nassau County Museum 

  • Old Westbury Gardens 

  • Long Island Aquarium 

  • NYCB Theatre at Westbury 

  • Hofstra University Museum 

  • Long Island Explorium 

  • Montauk Lighthouse 

  • Fire Island 

  • Splish Splash Water Park 

  • Smith Point Park 

  • Islip Art Museum 

  • Adventureland 

  • Long Island Sound 

  • Belmont Park 

If you prefer to stay away from New York City and be closer to campus, you’ll still find plenty to do. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there's something for everyone. For a fun night in Long Island, try one of the following: 

  • The Paramount 

  • Governor's Comedy Cabaret 

  • Monaghan's Bar & Restaurant 

  • Food Done It? 

  • Lizard Lounge 

  • That 70's Band 

In the New York Metropolitan area, you will find plenty of sports teams to cheer on. You can easily go to the city for a game any time of the year, as various teams always have something going on.  If you're a fan of playing sports, Hofstra has athletics teams year-round. Choose from football, basketball, running, golf, field hockey and more. 

From fine dining restaurants to inexpensive meals, there are food and beverage options for every taste and budget. If you crave something more adventurous, New York City offers unlimited restaurants, which you can explore at your leisure.   

Shopping in Long Island boasts a range of options. From chain stores to high-end boutiques, indulge in retail therapy during your downtime:  

  • Americana Manhasset 

  • Walt Whitman Mall 

  • Smith Haven Mall 

  • Westfield South Shore Shopping 

  • Nordstrom 

  • Urban Outfitters 

  • Zara 

  • JC Penney 

  • Michael Kors 

  • Neiman Marcus 

There are numerous fairs, festivals and events for you to enjoy in Long Island. These include:  

  • Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival 

  • Oktoberfest 

  • 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 

Nearly every major form of transportation services Long Island. These include airports, railroads, highways and subways. The three large airports with regularly scheduled commercial airline service are:  

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport 

  • LaGuardia Airport  

  • Long Island MacArthur Airport (sometimes referred to as Islip Airport) 

Passengers heading to or from Kennedy Airport may use the AirTrain to connect with the Long Island Rail Road in Jamaica. They can also use 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 also 11 subway and railroad crossings. 

Ready to start your study abroad journey on Long Island?