Each year, over 6,000 students spend time at Westfield State University. Lucky for them, the campus sits on over 250 acres of pristine New England landscape. There’s also 24 academic and administrative buildings plus 9 residence halls to spend time in. But what if students are looking to spend time off campus? Well, they won’t have to go too far.
When we say the students of Westfield State get to enjoy the best of both worlds, what we mean is they get to enjoy the closeness of a tight knit community but take advantage of all the amenities provided in a more urban setting – a true college town. The main campus is located in Westfield, MA, small city in the western part of the state. However, Westfield is conveniently located only a few hours away from Boston and New York City. This means that students can spend a day or even a weekend exploring museums, shopping, sporting events and more in just a short drive away from their home on campus.
There are also plenty of popular hangouts in downtown Westfield that welcome students to stop by and hangout. Here are some of our favorites:
The Westfield Farmer’s Market: Around 30 local farmers, artists, bakers, and other vendors set up their stalls every Thursday at 39 Court Street during the warmer months of the year. It’s here you can really help make an impact to the local economy by supporting small businesses. As an added bonus, many vendors contribute a portion of their sales to charities, so you can really feel good about spending a little money. It’s also a great chance to volunteer within the community and start networking with local business leaders; it takes about 30 volunteers to set up and manage the market.
Rosewood Home & Gifts: Forget about Big Box Stores. The small shop on 34 Elm Street is a haven for people looking to furnish their dorms or first apartments with something totally “out of the ordinary.” Here, you’ll find classes on how to refurbish that hand-me-down dresser or coffee table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. There’s also a selection of handmade pieces made by women in underdeveloped nations. By shopping at Rosewood, you’re actually supporting people local economies all around the globe.
Circuit Coffee: Whether you pulled an all-nighter or were just up all night, chances are you’re going to need a caffeine break at some point in the semester. And there’s better place to get your fix than at 22 Elm Street. Run by Westfield State graduate Ted Dobek, Circuit offers locally roasted coffee and freshly baked pastries 6 days a week starting at 6:30am Monday-Friday and 8:30am on Saturdays.
Game City: If you’re looking for a blast from your childhood past, look no further than the store on 77 Elm Street. Game City is home to the mother lode of retro video games, CSs, CVDs, consoles and more. And they’re all reasonably priced making it perfect for a student budget. Stop by Monday-Friday from 10am to 7pm to shop for old school games or chat with the owners about your favorite nostalgic pieces.