Off-Campus Housing

Syracuse, NY
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty good. It's worth it to live off-campus after sophomore year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: Close to campus, close to nightlife, convenience to free student bus lines, some off street parking.

Cons: Roommates are hard to come by, safety could be an issue depending on where the place is.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not bad, a little pricey but not bad if you have $

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshman currently and you can't live off campus until you are a junior. Lots of people are interested in living off campus and there is a who section right off campus that is pretty much dedicated to juniors and seniors. That's typically where sports houses are and where the parties happen.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen and sophomores are required to live in on-campus housing at Syracuse University. However, over the course of the year, I have visited many of my senior and junior friends who live in off-campus housing. Their apartments are fairly nice and are generally well-maintained. The only complaints that I have heard from individuals living off-campus is the general atitude of landlords towards their tenants. I have also heard reoccurring stories about how unsafe certain apartments are. Doors and windows can easily be tampered with and intruders can come in with ease. That is something I am definitely taking into consideration when looking for off-campus housing to live in junior and senior year. The general consensus that I get from students at SU is that off-campus housing is extremely cheaper than on-campus housing.


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  • 172nd
    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 103 responses

Very poor
  • 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 104 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 5% 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.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 103 responses

  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.
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