Living in Syracuse
The University is bordered by both suburban and urban residential neighborhoods. Some students prefer city living and stay downtown, while others reside in apartments that are practically on campus. Make sure to begin your housing search early.
Seasons & Weather
Change is the name of the game with Central New York weather, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Fall blazes in a fantastic gold display; winter demands humor and a warm hat; spring encourages flowers and intrepid sunbathers; and green summers beckon outside dining and play.
Graduate Student Organization
If you enroll as a graduate student, you will automatically be a member of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO). The GSO offers you social opportunities and facilitates connections to services all over campus. Some examples include expanded programming with Career Services and the Future Professoriate Program; travel grant funding; The Inn Complete, a graduate student pub; and more.
Eating On & Around Campus
If you’re looking for a bite on campus, there are two student centers with food courts, numerous cafés, and two campus groceries available. Bordering campus is Marshall Street, a bustling area with shops and restaurants, all overflowing with Orange spirit. It’s here you’ll satisfy your craving for sushi, find a fashionable pair of boots, watch an away game on a big screen, or simply get your hair cut. And in the heart of the University neighborhood lies Westcott Street, a neighborhood with restaurants and shops frequented by grad students.
Families & Partners
Syracuse University welcomes your spouse/partner and/or children to campus. There are various resources on campus and in the community to help your family adapt to life in Syracuse. On campus, all spouses, domestic partners, and dependents may use SU’s fitness facilities (SU ID card required) and have access to the Psychological Services Center, which specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of psychological problems in adults and adolescents. Some child care and education options may be available for your children, depending upon capacity.
Syracuse Dining & Grocery Stores
The Syracuse area has a long list of foods and restaurants guaranteed to whet your appetite. Home to the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and the Great New York State Fair, there's no better city to enjoy salt potatoes, Hofmann Hotdogs, or a liberal pour of spicy tomato oil on handmade pasta. Head to Little Italy for Utica greens and chicken riggies, Amory Square for tapas, pub grub and top-notch Thai, or to various spots on the Hill and beyond for everything from simple snacks to special occasion dining. Feel like cooking at home? Visit one of the many grocery stores to pick up what you're craving.
LGBT Resource Center
The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center is to embody values of awareness, community, integrity, and social justice. The Center encourages thoughtful explorations of gender and sexuality, and provides education and resources, cultivates leadership, engages in advocacy, and collaborates with others.
City of Syracuse
Once known for salt, industry, and a prominent role in the Underground Railroad, today’s Syracuse is a fusion of distinctive neighborhoods, year-round festivals, plentiful parks, professional sports, and destination shopping. Central New Yorkers are a hearty lot and enjoy being active during all four seasons. Whether you’re into skiing, shopping, or sailing, you’ll find adventure around every corner.
Support & Resources
There are many support services available on campus for graduate students - from Career Services, to health issues, to support in dealing with problems, and many more. The faculty and staff at Syracuse University are here to help.
- Career Services
- Counseling Center
- Disability Cultural Center
- Future Professoriate Program
- Health Services
- Hendricks Chapel
- LGBT Resource Center
- Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Psychological Services Cetner
- Public Safety
- Slutzker Center for International Services
- Student Legal Services
- Off Campus & Commuter Services
Armory Square is home to 22 restaurants, 15 different places to shop, nightlife, entertainment, and Syracuse University’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse, which houses the College of Visual and Performing Arts design programs. Most restaurants and shops are locally owned and operated. Entertainment options include the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology; the Point of Contact Gallery; and The Redhouse, a multifunction art house featuring presentations in modern theater, film, music, and fine arts.
Healthy & Happy
Graduate students (and their spouses/domestic partners) can take advantage of SU’s seven fitness facilities that offer plenty of equipment, plus a variety of classes, including Boot Camp, RPM™, Power Yoga, Zumba, and Ballet. You can also take your fitness to new heights at the Challenge Ropes Course or practice your triple salchow at the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion on South Campus. The Health Services office on campus provides services from general medical care to nutrition education and counseling (and everything in between).
Parks & Lakes
No matter the season, there’s always an outdoor activity just around the corner. You can rent a paddle boat at Green Lakes State Park, cross-country ski at Highland Forest, go for a dip at Jamesville Beach Park, or rent a bicycle at Onondaga Lake Park…all within 20 minutes of campus.
The Department of Public Safety is available 24/7. Need someone to walk you home after a late night of studying? Locked out? They're just a phone call away.
Located in Central New York, Syracuse can easily be reached by plane, train, bus, or car. Once you live here, there are numerous ways to get where you need to go, including bike lanes, bus systems, driving. The Connective Corridor is a signature strip of cultural development connecting the University with downtown Syracuse. It stitches together and showcases bike paths, public and interactive art, and way finding systems. As part of this initiative, a free bus service, provided by Centro and SU, conveniently connects you with downtown Syracuse. The office of Parking & Transit Services has all the information you'll need on where you can park on campus, as well as free shuttle services around campus.
Festivals & Fairs
Food, art, and festivals take place in the Syracuse area throughout the year. Festivals include the Syracuse International Film Festival, Taste of Syracuse, Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, Syracuse Polish Festival, the Great New York State Fair, Jamesville BalloonFest, Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, the WinterFest, the Apple Festival, and The Central New York Maple Festival, among others.
He's beloved across campus. Students and faculty can't help but smile when fun-loving Otto struts up for a high five and dance, or when he rolls by on his scooter. In 2014, Sports Illustrated named Otto the Orange the No. 1 mascot in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.