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3 College Freshman

Local Area: In the actual city of Syracuse, there really isn't anything you can do other than go to bars, go to Destiny USA to shop, and eat some extremely good food. Downtown doesn't have many shopping options, but that's what Destiny USA is for, and all over the city there is some really good food of any type. The city just isn't that lively though, but that's kind of like most of the cities here in upstate and western New York.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Its pretty good but safety is always in the back of your mind.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Destiny USA is the sixth-largest mall in America so there are plenty of options when it comes to shopping and even restaurants. Outside of the heart of campus there are a few cute areas like the Westcott District where local bands and even some big-name artists come to play. Safety is one of the downsides of living in Syracuse. Though campus police have a good control on students' safety, you definitely can't be out late by yourself in the area around campus and especially not downtown Syracuse.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: Don't leave the campus at night. Not the greatest place to wander around.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: A lot going on depending on the time

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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 170 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 170 responses

  • 14% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 36% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 36% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 171 responses

  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 15% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 170 responses

  • 5% Totally.
  • 32% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 63% No way.



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