Living Off-campus

  • NOTE to freshmen: Most ESF Freshmen are required to live in on-campus housing. Details HERE.
  • NOTE to graduate students: On-campus housing is not available to ESF graduate students. Grad students may purchase a meal plan.

Services based at Syracuse University

The Syracuse University Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services provides information, resources referrals, services and support for SUNY-ESF and SU students living off-campus.

Meal Plans for Off-campus residents

Students living off-campus may purchase a meal plan from Syracuse University. All students with meal plans dine in any of the SU campus dining centers and each meal plan includes a declining balance account for a la carte dinning at the snack bars and food courts.

If you have meal plan questions, contact the SU Housing and Meal Plan Office: 315-443-2721,

Short Stay Options

Visiting campus? Someone visiting you? Need somewhere to stay for a day or two?

Off-campus Housing Agencies and Resources

Here are some information sources you might find helpful in locating a place to live in the University Hill area. "The Hill" is the neighborhood surrounding the ESF and SU campuses where most students live.

Generally, off-campus apartments in the ESF/SU neighborhood require a 12-month lease. Splitting the rent 2, 3 or 4 ways in a multi-bedroom unit makes off-campus living very affordable.

Please note: This off-campus housing information is provided as a service to assist students in finding off-campus housing. SUNY-ESF does not inspect, approve, recommend, or supervise the premises described, and does not become a party to private landlord/tenant matters.

  • Campus Hill Apartments
    Campus Hill Apartments offers 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or more bedroom apartments. Their office conveniently located at 1201 Harrison Street and is open 9:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended and Saturday hours during the rental season. The phone number is (877) 309-8098 and the web address is All of their apartments (located in 44 different buildings) are within walking distance from the Syracuse University campus and also have off-street parking for no additional charge.
  • Signing a Lease

    Do not rely on a verbal agreement. Most housing is rented on a contract or lease basis, which means you agree to live in there for a specific period of time which may be as short as one semester, but usually 12 months. When you sign this contract, you become a tenant and are legally responsible for all rent payments for that apartment—whether you live there or not—unless you make explicit arrangements in writing with the person who owns the building (landlord). Some landlords allow tenants to sublet, which means that the person who signed the contract may rent the space to another person.

    Most contracts or apartment leases require the tenant to provide a deposit which is usually equal to one or two month's rent. This amount will be required in addition to the first month's rent before you will be allowed to move into the apartment. The deposit is kept by the landlord until you move out of the apartment and after the landlord has inspected the apartment for any damages. The deposit is returned to the tenant after the end of the lease. Make sure you inspect the apartment with the landlord before you sign the lease. You and the landlord should agree upon the condition of the apartment before you sign the contract to prevent any disagreements. Take pictures and make note of any problems before you move in.

    Before you sign a lease or any legal contract, read it carefully and understand all of its obligations. If you have questions, ask the person who is in charge of the building before you sign. Keep a signed copy of the contract or lease for your own records. Make sure you have a copy of everything in writing with the date of the agreement. Once you have signed the contract, you are responsible for all its terms.

  • University Hill Realty
    University Hill Realty offers 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or more bedroom apartments. A one-year lease is required. Contact University Hill Realty, Ltd. at (315) 422-0709 for more information. Their offices are located at 500 Westcott Street, Syracuse, NY 13210. The web site is Their web site provides information about each of their properties including a “virtual tour”, locator map and rental policies.
  • Orange Housing
    The “Orange Housing” web site allows you to explore the wide variety of off-campus properties available in the “University Hill” area on-line at This site also offers a number of services helpful to apartment hunters. They have listings of available studios, apartments with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or more bedrooms and apartment complexes. They advertise sublets and roommates needed or wanted. There is also a free roommate matching service. They provide guidance on apartment hunting, guidelines for living off-campus in Syracuse, important contact information and a map of the area.
  • Longley Jones Management Corp.
    Longley Jones Management Corp. manages residential apartments and town homes in the Syracuse area. You can find more information at or you can contact them at 1010 James Street, Syracuse, New York 13203, 315-424-0200.
  • Copper Beech Commons

    Luxury, off-campus student housing just 7 blocks from ESF with a private shuttle that will take you right to ESF and grocery shopping on the weekend. 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units available, all rented by the individual bedroom. Onsite fitness center, volleyball and basketball courts, movie theater, Yoga Studio and Rec Room. Call 315-565-7555 for information.

    University Hill Apartments offers luxury rentals at an affordable cost for students in the Syracuse area. With a wide range of available living spaces from single rooms to houses.
    Listings from many different sources so you have a wide selection.
    Search for apartments with your price range and get reliable, up-to-date results in your area.

Syracuse Area Newspapers

If you would like to explore rental opportunities in the entire greater Syracuse area, you should visit the Syracuse Newspapers Classified Advertising web site at or The Renters Guide at You can do an on-line search for rental properties by type, price range and size. Individual listings include contact information, price range, property features and a locator map. Also included are “roommates wanted” and “rooms to rent” searches.


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