​Frequently Asked Questions About Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University students have the best of both worlds: a traditional college campus in a mid-sized urban environment.

Main campus has a striking physical presence, situated on a hill overlooking the City of Syracuse. From campus, you have easy access to the many theaters, galleries, museums, restaurants, and unique neighborhoods the city has to offer.

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  1. What’s the City of Syracuse like? Where is it?
  2. What’s the weather like?
  3. Is it easy to get around campus or downtown without a car?
  4. How can I find out more about the City of Syracuse?

What’s the City of Syracuse like? Where is it?

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the center of New York State. It is approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. More than half a million people live in the metro area. Syracuse offers many recreational options, including parks, museums, art galleries, an equity theater group, and numerous shopping malls and movie theaters. The area is served by Hancock International Airport; Amtrak and Greyhound stations are minutes from campus.

What’s the weather like?

Syracuse has four distinct seasons. The autumn months are beautiful with golden leaves and brisk sunny days. Snow covers the ground all winter; Syracuse averages 100 inches each year. Students often take advantage of the winter climate to ski, sled, and ice skate. The campus comes alive in spring with blooming flowers and students playing Frisbee on the Quad. The summers are warm and sunny, perfect for outdoor activities.

Is it easy to get around campus or downtown without a car?

Absolutely. Students usually walk to class and activities or events and free shuttle buses constantly run between Main and South Campus. In addition, the Connective Corridor bus runs between the University and many popular locations downtown. Students are also able to take a bus or shuttle to the Destiny USA mall, the Regional Transportation Center (Amtrak and bus services), and Hancock International Airport.

How can I find out more about the City of Syracuse?

For more information on the City of Syracuse, take a look at the following websites: