Visit a neighborhood several times to get a sense of belonging. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached.
Hamilton Street is in the so-called "Student rental area" of the city, close to the downtown UAlbany campus and St. Rose. It would be hard to say how many homes are rented to students. If you are looking in that area, or elsewhere, I can help if you need an agent. Call me at 522-2349.