​Frequently Asked Questions about Housing

More than 65 percent of Syracuse students live in University housing, which includes 21 residence halls, six dining centers, and two food courts. All residential buildings are co-ed and a mix of first-year students and upperclassmen.

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  1. What are the residence halls like?
  2. Can I choose my roommate and specific building/type of room for my first year?
  3. When do admitted students receive their housing assignments?
  4. Is campus housing available for transfer students?
  5. Does the university guarantee housing?
  6. Is tobacco use allowed in University housing facilities?
  7. What is the dining hall food like?

What are the residence halls like?

There are 21 residence halls on either North (Main) or South campuses. All buildings are co-ed by wing, floor, or alternating room. Most incoming first-year students reside in a split- or open-double room. Upperclassmen may choose from suites, singles, or townhouses on campus or off-campus apartments. Transfer student housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about our residential options.

Can I choose my roommate and specific building/type of room for my first year?

The housing office randomly assigns a residence hall and roommate for new first-year and transfer students, taking into consideration any special living opportunities and mutual roommate requests indicated on the housing and meal plan application. The random housing assignment system is designed to promote a fair and equitable system for all new students that is inclusive and encourages students from different backgrounds to live together.

When do admitted students receive their housing assignments?

For the fall semester, admitted students are notified of their housing assignment and roommate in early August.

Is campus housing available for transfer students?

Transfer student housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Does the university guarantee housing?

Syracuse University requires all entering first-year students to live in on-campus housing during their first two years of enrollment. The University is able to fulfill most requests for on-campus housing for upperclassmen. Housing is available to transfer students on a space-available basis.

Is tobacco use allowed in University housing facilities?

No. All Main Campus residence halls, the three Skyhalls on South Campus, and Skytop and Slocum Heights apartments are smoke-free environments.

Additionally, to help ensure a healthy, productive, respectful environment, Syracuse University is committed to a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, effective July 1, 2015.

What is the dining hall food like?

Students give it high marks for variety and quality. There are six residential dining centers and on-campus food courts with brand-name restaurant chains. Along with the main entree, students choose from a deli, salad bar, pasta bar, grill, and dessert bar. There are vegetarian options and a Kosher kitchen as well. Many of our academic buildings also have coffee shops or cafes. View more information on dining options.