Housing Information

Approximately 70 percent of students live in Syracuse University housing. You’ll be assigned housing and a roommate on an equal basis without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. 

As a student admitted for spring 2020, your advance tuition payment and advance housing payment must be submitted or postmarked by January 1, 2020 to begin the housing process. If you’re admitted for fall 2020, you must submit by May 1, 2020.

First-Year Students 

You are required to live in University housing for your first two years of enrollment. You will be assigned to live in one of the residence halls on Main Campus. If your immediate family resides in the Syracuse area, you may commute. 

Transfer Students

You are welcome to apply to reside in University housing unless you have a family (spouse/children) or plan to commute from the permanent home of your immediate family (parents/guardians). Housing for transfer students is located within South Campus apartments or Skyhalls on a space-available basis.

Connect with Housing Services

Accessing Your Housing Application

  1. Accept your offer of admission by submitting the Admission Acceptance Form and your advance tuition payment and advance housing payment (if you plan to apply for University housing) by the date specified in your letter of admission.
  2. Access your official Syracuse University email account.
  3. Complete your housing application once you have received an email from the Housing Office confirming your MySlice Student Services access to the housing application.

Residential Facilities

All residence halls are coeducational (coed) and include several floor plan configurations (coed by wing, by floor, or by alternating rooms). All residence halls have either single-gender shared bathrooms or individual private floor bathrooms.

Residence hall rooms vary in size and living style, facilities, and room types:

  • Open-double: A room shared with one roommate.
  • Split-double: A room divided by a wall that is shared with one roommate.
  • Four person suite: Two open double rooms with a common room designed for four students.
  • Single: A room in which you have no roommate. Single rooms are available on a limited basis if available and have a higher room rate.

The majority of first-year students will live in open- or split- double rooms. A limited number of students may be placed in suites or singles.

All residence halls are:

  • Conveniently located near dining centers
  • Ready for direct connection to the campus computer network
  • Wired for cable TV (all rooms)
  • Served by AirOrangeX, the University’s wireless network

Each residence hall uses an I.D. card swipe access system and is always locked. Only resident students and guests are allowed to enter the residence halls. Other safety features include main entrance staffing at hall desks during the day and evening hours, student security aides at main entrance doors overnight, and audible alarms at secondary exits that are locked at all times. Every residence hall is equipped with fire suppression sprinkler systems and smoke detectors in each student room and in all other areas of the facility.

Learn more about your living options, and check out virtual tours of rooms.

Commuters and Transfer Students Who do not Plan to Live in University Housing

  • If your immediate family resides in the Syracuse area and you plan to commute from home, please check the appropriate box on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.
  • If you are not obligated to the University’s two-year, on-campus living requirement (new transfer students) and you plan to live off campus, please check the appropriate box on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application. You will receive an email to your Syracuse University account from the Housing, Meal Plan, and ID Card Service Center in August informing you when you will be able to access your My Housing page, which is where you can purchase a dining plan, as well as SUpercard FOOD and PLUS account options.
  • The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) will provide you with support, information, and resource referrals throughout your off-campus housing experience.

South Campus Living

This area includes three residence halls (Skyhalls), as well as furnished apartments and townhouses. Transfer students live in the Skyhalls with other transfers or returning upper-class students.

South Campus is located a mile from Main Campus. A shuttle bus runs to and from Main Campus and throughout South Campus approximately every 15 minutes.

  • The apartments have full kitchens and therefore apartment residents are not required to be on a meal plan. Students need to supply their own cooking utensils and microwave ovens.
  • The housing fee includes utilities, and all South Campus apartments remain open during semester break.
  • A SUperfood plan is available for use at Goldstein Dining on South Campus. Residents may also purchase meal plans to use at Main Campus dining centers.
  • South Campus residents enjoy many facilities: tennis courts, playing fields, the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion, and the Goldstein Student Center, which has a dining facility, computer stations, a laundry room, a branch of the University Bookstore, a fitness center, the South Campus Housing and Residence Life Office, and a Public Safety Office.


  • Your roommate will be randomly assigned to you. The random assignment process has garnered positive reviews from current students, who appreciate the chance to meet new people and develop multiple social circles.
  • You may also request a roommate during the selection process. It’s recommended that you do not do so unless you have spent quality time discussing what this means with regard to learning communities, interests, and general habits. If, after discussion, you still wish to be roommates, each of you must mutually request the other during the roommate selection process in May.
  • You and your resident advisor will participate in setting floor standards. You and your roommate(s) will complete living agreements that help create a mutual understanding in sharing the same space.

Housing Policies and Procedures

By completing the online Housing and Meal Plan Application, you are expected to comply with the rules listed in the University’s Housing Agreement. The agreement is for the full academic year, although the room charge is paid by the semester. You are expected to live in the room from the end of August until the middle of May, except for during the academic recess between semesters. New students who are not required to live in housing may cancel housing arrangements until January 1, 2020 (spring 2020 applicants) and June 1, 2020 (fall 2020 applicants). After that date, your housing commitment is financially binding.

  • Students who apply for on-campus housing by June 1 will receive their on-campus housing and roommate assignment in mid-July. Students who apply after June 1 risk a delay in notification of up to two weeks after initial assignments are sent.
  • If you wish to select a learning community or interest housing option, make your request on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application. If you are not interested in a learning community, you will be assigned through the random housing assignment procedure.
  • Accommodations will be reviewed by the Housing Office as they relate to health, religious, or cultural traditions. Please note this information where requested on the online application.
  • Special accommodations can be made to meet the needs of students who have disabilities. Please contact the Office of Disability Services by May 1 to discuss your needs.
  • If you are a non-traditional or older student, you may prefer apartment living on South Campus. Please note this information where requested on the online application (special needs).
  • The Housing Office confirms receipt of your information upon your completion of the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all University housing facilities. Additionally, to help ensure a healthy, productive, respectful environment, Syracuse University is pleased to provide a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.

Housing Rates

View current housing costs for the 2019-2020 academic year. It is recommended that you use the cost of a split double room when budgeting for University housing. Contracts are for the academic year, consisting of fall and spring semesters.

You will receive a statement of housing and meal plan charges from the bursar’s office. The first housing charge that you receive may be an estimate of housing costs. That cost may be adjusted if necessary.