There is crime in Beloit, but, there’s crime pretty much everywhere else in any city. The majority of it has no impact on students at Beloit. There have been some issues with hate crimes on campus at least once every year, but I think the college is dealing with that appropriately. My D tells me that there are a few areas off campus that everyone knows not to walk around alone at night, so students avoid those areas. I’ve been to Beloit at least 5 times (we usually pick her up for Thanksgiving when we spend it with family in Chicago), and I’ve never felt uncomfortable there.
Otherwise, Beloit is very walkable and the college has integrated itself into the downtown area (bookstore, performing arts building, entrepreneurial program). I think the Ironworks Hotel is the best hotel in Beloit and is walking distance to campus. They have a Beloit College rate, so make sure you call and ask for it rather than booking online. For a little less $$, there are the national chains like Hampton Inn and Fairfield Suites out on Milwaukee Road about 3 miles from campus. For dining, we like Lucy’s #7, the newer burger place and Bushel & Pecks (the college often suggests parents gather there while their kids are at their own events and several admissions staff attend the gatherings). Anna Maria’s (just over the border in S. Beloit, IL) is also good and popular with visiting families.