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City of Syracuse

Syracuse University is located in the heart of New York State, and rests atop a hill overlooking the City of Syracuse. Downtown is just a short walk, drive, or bus ride away from campus. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a hub for cultural, recreational, and artistic events.

Syracuse city skyline at night

During your time at Syracuse, you'll be able to experience all the city has to offer, including Syracuse Stage, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Everson Museum of Art, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Armory Square and Hanover Square restaurants, coffee houses, and shops, City MarketDestiny USA mall, and festivals such as JazzFest and Winterfest.

The University and city enjoy a strong connection, which you'll experience via the Connective Corridor, the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, and various partnerships with organizations throughout the city, such as Syracuse Stage. Try a little bit of everything to get a feel for the atmosphere during your visit to campus. Students from across the nation and the world find that they move quickly from welcomed guests to honorary residents.

Neighborhood Highlights


An artsy community, home to many Syracuse University students and staff. It is home of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair, a one-day celebration of food, art, and entertainment.             

Marshall Street

A bustling commercial area adjacent to campus. Enjoy popular restaurants like Faegan's Pub, King David's (Middle Eastern), Bleu Monkey (sushi and much more), Appathaizing (Thai), and Strong Hearts Café (vegan).

Armory Square

Also known as "The Armory," it is a district of old warehouses and historical buildings, and has the most eclectic collection of bars, restaurants, and shops in the Syracuse area.

Franklin Square

A former industrial area turned residential, this neighborhood is centered around the Franklin Square Fountain. It is also nearby the Destiny USA Shopping Mall, a six-story complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake.

Parks and Recreation

Central New York is home to many beautiful county, city, and state parks, where you'll find plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, athletics, and more.