Off-Campus Housing

Syracuse, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$15,843 ($6,593)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is definitely cheaper, and most landlords are fairly okay.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I would still prefer to live on campus as a new transfer student from out-of-state.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I love the off-campus housing environment here in Syracuse. Because ESF and Syracuse University are essentially located on the same plot of land and share many services, housing for the two schools also generally overlaps. There are many student rental houses as well as the "sorority/fraternity rows" located in the university neighborhood area (the 1-6 blocks from campus) and many campus websites posting openings.

Houses are generally well cared for and some landlords are even kind enough to take out the trash themselves (this may be rare but it happens!). Rent prices range from 300-700+/month depending on the location, quality, and number of people you're living with. Most places seem to be nice family homes or war-era mansions converted to apartments and are generally for groups of 3-6+ people but single rooms are also available some places or as fill-ins for a group with an extra room.

Subletting is also common, with students going abroad (usually their junior year) so it's sometimes easy to find better deals or last-minute places if you know which students are leaving and when.

The downside to the off-campus housing here is the timing of lease-signing. This occurs within the first few weeks of arrival in September and if you don't re-sign for your apartment that first month or two of living there you best start looking for a new place. Why they sign leases in September I couldn't say, it makes things very difficult for students trying to figure out their lives now yet alone a year in advance - but that's just the way it is. So when you're looking for a place now, you should be looking for a place next year too..

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are generally pretty nice. They are much more reasonable financially. Most houses have landlords that collect rent but you usually pay your own heating. Some houses have large driveways that fit multiple cars but finding parking on campus can be tough unless you pay for a spot.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freedom from the RAs and having to pay so much for parking, and saving a ton of money are all benefits. But safety and distance, not to mention condition of the buildings are all concerns.


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Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 9 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 78% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 33% Somewhat helpful.
  • 56% Extremely helpful.
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