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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not too much going on in the city of Syracuse. Some shops/restaurants, and a great mall, but it doesn't take to long before you've explored most of it.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great mall nice scenery the school is the heart of the city

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Syracuse isn't the friendliest or most welcoming college town. Getting off the highway, you tend to notice that you might not be in Kansas anymore. Its a big city, and not the nicest one either. If you live near the ghetto, take EXTREME precaution. If you aren't careful, you can run the risk of getting into an ugly mugging. We get about six of those a year. However, if you look past the dangerous stuff, the Cuse has a lot to behold and whole lot to love. Armory Square is a mecca of Central New York dining. Destiny USA is one of America's best shopping malls. In short, Cuse is far from perfect, but if you can find the positives of any dumb-old city, you can find some wonderful things about this one.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I LOVE SYRACUSE, NEW YORK. It's a great little mix of everything you could ever want. It has great shopping (hello, Destiny USA!), FANTASTIC

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The only attraction outside of the campus is the mall Destiny USA (which is actually great), and Armory Square if you want some nice food and some shopping. There aren't many activities outside of campus and people generally stay within the SU borders. There are also some very unsafe areas outside of campus, some not even too far away.


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Marshal Yong
New York City
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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 .
(315) 466-5678
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinema Shoppingtown Mall
3649 Erie Blvd.
(315) 449-2210
Movie Theaters
Westcott Cinema
524 Westcott St.
(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 152 responses

Very poor
  • 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 147 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 33% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 37% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% 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 147 responses

  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 44% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 147 responses

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



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