Office of International Education
Beginning in Fall 2011, ESF will open its first residence hall facility, Centennial Hall, located two blocks from the ESF campus.
- First year undergraduate international students (freshmen) are required to live on campus. Additionally, freshmen living on campus must purchase either the 14-meal-per-week, 19-meal-per-week, or deluxe meal plan offered by Syracuse University’s Housing and Meal Plan Office.
- Transfer Students may choose to live on-campus or off-campus. On-campus housing for ESF transfer students is limited. Students interested in placement in a campus residence hall or apartment should complete ESF's housing application and submit that application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Depending upon availability, transfer students may be offered housing in:
Whether living on campus or off, transfer students may purchase a dining plan from Syracuse University’s Housing and Meal Plan Office.
- Graduate Students may choose to live off-campus or attempt to obtain on-campus housing. On-campus housing for graduate students is limited. Students interested in placement in a campus residence hall or apartment should contact:
Additional information about Centennial Hall including floor plans and frequently asked questions is available online.
Housing is generally easy to find and ranges in price according to location and accommodations. You can typically expect to pay at least $400/month for a one-bedroom apartment and a minimum of $300/month for a room in a shared apartment. If you are a graduate student looking for a roommate, the Graduate Student Association can provide assistance.
Information about off-campus living is available through Syracuse University's Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Programs
Information about the University neighborhood:
While looking for off-campus housing, you may find it helpful to reach out to one of the many on-campus cultural organizations to connect with current students attending ESF or SU prior to your arrival in Syracuse, NY. A few organizations are included below. You may also want to contact students directly through an on-campus oranization: http://www.esf.edu/students/involvement/clubs.htm and http://syr.orgsync.com/studentorganizations.
- ESF Graduate Student Association Housing Forum
The SUNY-ESF Graduate Student Association (GSA) oversees a housing forum to assist ESF graduate students with finding local accommodations and roommates online at: http://www.esfgsa.com/forums.html#/offtopic/
CSSA is a non-profit student organization officially registered at Syracuse University that includes more than 300 Chinese students and scholars studying and working at Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, SUNY UMU, their family and friends. Students from other countries and regions and their family and friends are welcome to join as well. The CSSA website includes housing information and their services include
airport pick-ups and temporary housing for new-comers.
- JSA: Japanese Student Association (at Syracuse University)
JSA is a student organization registered at Syracuse University that is open to all members of the SU and ESF community with interest in the Japanese culture.
They organize cultural events and social gatherings and provide information about living in Syracuse on their website.
The websites listed below are not affiliated with SUNY-ESF. SUNY-ESF provides links to this and other, third-party sites solely as a convenience to the user. The information available at such sites is furnished by others. SUNY-ESF does not sponsor, maintain, warrant or endorse any of these sites and is not responsible for their accuracy or content. By choosing to connect to any such site, the user (i) assumes all risks associated with access to and/or use of the information at such site; and (ii) releases the University, its trustees, officers, administrators, faculty, employees, agents and representatives from any and all liability for injury, damages or loss of any kind, accidental or otherwise, resulting from access to the site and/or use of the information contained therein.
- 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 www.orangehousing.com. 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.
Emhoff Associates is a property management company in the university area that rents to SUNY-ESF students. Emhoff Associates manages numerous houses containing a range of apartments from one bedroom to five bedrooms bordering the SUNY-ESF campus. Rents range from $275 to $600 monthly. Although a year’s lease is preferred, short-term leases of one semester may be possible. For more specific information on the apartments available for the upcoming semester, contact Joshua Podkaminer via e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 315-423-9200 during business hours or 315-415-6030 after regular business hours. Emhoff Associates, LLC is located at 100 Clinton Square, 126 North Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202.
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 (315) 422-7110 and the web address is www.campushill.com. 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.
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 www.universityhill.com. Their web site provides information about each of their properties including a “virtual tour”, locator map and rental policies.
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 website. 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.
Additional Apartment Locator Websites
Information about signing a rental agreement or lease is available ESF website.
Information about utilities and banking is also available on the ESF website.
Temporary Accommodations/ Local Hotels
When you arrive in Syracuse to look for off-campus housing or before you can move into your University residence, you may need short-term accommodations. A listing of nearby hotels is listed below. Costs will vary. Please check for prices at each hotel (subject to availability).
If you are unable to find availability at the hotels listed below, you may also want to try to search for hotel rooms on one of the travel search engine sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline as often times they find local hotels with room availability oftentimes at discounted prices.
When making your reservation at one of the hotels noted below, you may want to identify yourself as an incoming international student as you may be eligible for a reduced rate. Upon checking in to the hotel, you will likely be asked to present your passport and I-20 or DS-2019.
The CSSA: Chinese Student and Scholar Association/ Friendship Union may also be able to assist new students with finding temporary accommodations with current students at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF.