Local Atmosphere

Location
Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's almost nothing to do here unless you're getting drunk or rich.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on, something to do. Concerts, bars, restaurants, festivals and a huge shopping mall. Sporting events are always going on. The city is full of things to do if you are willing to go outside your comfort zone and explore new things.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do outside of the university area except go to Destiny USA, our largest mall. Destiny USA has a lot of restaurants and fun activities.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: i love it but i prefer NYC

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: One of the biggest shopping malls is only a bus ride away.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
Hometown
New York City
Major
Architecture
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Whenever discussing Syracuse, it is important to distinguish between the city of Syracuse and the University of Syracuse. Never is it more evident than in this section. SU is the castle on top of the Syracuse hill. Since Syracuse is a large university, most students find contentment in staying on campus because there is usually something going on. For those students that wish to venture off the campus, there are still options for them in the city of Syracuse and the surrounding areas.

There isn't much going on in the actual city of Syracuse; however, Carousel Mall is a popular hangout for SU students. The mall, most of the time, is far more populated by Syracuse high school kids. Then, there is Turning Stone Casino, a quick 30-minute drive from the campus, where students can legally gamble away what little money they have left. You can also bowl, barhop, or catch a movie, again at Carousel Mall. Your best option to get out of the routine for a weekend is to head to Montreal, only a four-hour trip. Also, SU is huge, so seeing a Lemoyne College or Onondaga Community College student on SU's campus is about as rare as a warm front.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Syracuse State Fair, started in 1841, is the longest running state fair in the country.
  2. The first traffic light ever made was manufactured in Syracuse.
  3. The candle-making industry began in Syracuse in 1855.
  4. Syracuse was named after Siracusa, an ancient city in Sicily.
  5. The person who invented the device that most shoe stores use to measure shoe size lived in Syracuse.
Notable Natives
  • Tom Cruise - actor
  • Richard Gere - actor
  • Bobcat Goldthwait - actor
  • Dave Mirra - BMX biker
  • Jim Boeheim - Syracuse University men's basketball head coach
  • Libba Cotton - Grammy Award-winning folk singer
Points of Interest
  • Armory Square
  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • Turning Stone Casino
Shopping Centers
  • Carousel Center Mall
  • Shoppingtown Mall
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinema Carousel Mall
19 Carousel Ctr .
Syracuse
(315) 466-5678
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinema Shoppingtown Mall
3649 Erie Blvd.
DeWitt
(315) 449-2210
Movie Theaters
Westcott Cinema
524 Westcott St.
Syracuse
(315) 479-9911
Major Sports Teams
  • Syracuse Crunch: minor league hockey
  • Syracuse SkyChiefs: minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Buffalo: NY: 2 hours
  • Montreal: QC: 4 hours
  • New York City: NY: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 135 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 136 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 33% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 38% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 136 responses

  • 15% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 135 responses

  • 61% No way.
  • 33% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 6% Totally.

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