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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of off-campus neighborhood streets that upperclassmen live on. At Syracuse, upperclassmen are more likely to share a house with roommates then an apartment. Landlords differ depending on where you live but mine was pretty easy to work with. Just start your search in the fall of the year before!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Don't do it. Unless you live at home, just live on campus. It's more fun, and it's safe.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is quite convenient to live close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few different options as far as off-campus housing goes. South Campus is still owned by the University, but it is independent student apartment housing for those who want a little more freedom. There are also hundreds of houses and apartments nearby to rent. They're basically everywhere. Pros include freedom, more space, and a more negotiable price. Cons include more distance from campus, less assistance when needed, and the added struggle of maintaining your own space without the protection of the University. Cost varies and is usually pretty manageable. Parking is a hassle because of road laws (switching sides of the road every other day) and I've known more students who have received parking tickets than students who have not. There is also almost no on-campus parking, so getting to class in the morning can be a struggle. Safety is generally okay, but there are some sketchy creatures who lurk the streets at night and mug/rob/harass people. You'll get that in a big city like Syracuse.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: plenty of students live off campus but the neighborhood is not very safe.


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    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Marshal Yong
New York City
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There is a broad selection when choosing an off-campus house. Most students find it both appealing and fairly easy to move into an off-campus house or apartment in their junior year. One of the main appeals is simply a matter of economics-living off campus costs less than living in the dorms. Also, most off-campus locations are close to campus (within a 20-minute walk), and you are afforded a little more freedom since there are no RAs or Public Safety officers to bother you. The process can be a bit lengthy, since there are many realtors and many locations to choose from. Make sure you start your search about a year in advance.

A good alternative to off-campus housing are the SU-owned apartment complexes in South Campus, which require a five-minute drive or bus ride to get to. South, as it is known, is a good option for someone to live outside of the dorms but not completely on their own. South is usually a popular choice for sophomores. Although technically considered on-campus housing, the South Campus apartments give a good "partially off-campus" feel. Students seem to enjoy the apartment-style living option because it is a good transition point between dormitory life and being completely on your own. However, many students choose to live entirely on their own, and they enjoy it just fine-except for having to walk everywhere. If you do decide to move off campus, a car is an investment you should take into serious consideration.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
At the beginning of the school year for for next year's off-campus housing
Popular Areas
  • Comstock Avenue
  • Euclid Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $575
  • 2 BR: $700
  • Studio: $450

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 118 responses

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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 116 responses

  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 17% Extremely helpful.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 116 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 4% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 74% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
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