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Student Life

Where do most Upstate students live?

While "on campus" housing is available in Geneva Tower, most students live off campus in rented apartments because it is very affordable. There are many places to live that are in close proximity to Upstate (for example, Madison Towers and Jefferson Towers are high rise apartment buildings within walking distance of Upstate) [WE DO NOT INSPECT, APPROVE OR SUPERVISE THE PREMISES HEREIN.] There are apartments available in the city of Syracuse and the surrounding towns. Some of the most popular areas include: the Eastwood, University Hill, and Tipperary Hill neighborhoods of Syracuse, as well as the town of Liverpool.

What is the best way to find a suitable place to live?

Most students use various websites to search for housing: www.syracuse.com/realestate, www.therentersguide.com, and www.orangehousing.com which is primarily, but not exclusively, for SU students. Students usually visit the property before signing a lease.

What is the typical cost to rent an apartment?

One-bedroom apartments typically rent for ~$500/month. Two-bedroom apartments in a large complex typically rent for $700-750/month, while two-bedroom apartments in smaller units rent for $600-650/month.

Do I need a car in Syracuse?

If you live within walking distance of Upstate, you do not need a car, although most students find it more convenient to own a car to buy groceries, etc.

Can I park my car on campus?

Parking is available at a fee, which varies based on location. For further information on pricing and shuttle services, please visit the Parking Office website.

Are there regular social activities sponsored by the Graduate School designed to bring the students closer together?

First-year graduate students, in particular, are a fairly tight-knit group because they are taking classes together and studying together. Many of these friendships are then maintained in later years as students pursue their thesis research in different labs and departments. The Graduate Student Association meets regularly and sponsors several social events such as the annual Summer Picnic and Winter Holiday Party. The graduate students also have a group that meets monthly to present data in a student-only setting.

Does Upstate offer/sponsor extracurricular and social events for students?

Such activities and events are offered through the Campus Activities Office, which sells discounted tickets to local shows, concerts, movies, and sporting events. They also host comedy events, coffee houses, and an annual semiformal, and sponsor weekend trips to various destinations such as New York City, Montreal, Toronto, and the Finger Lakes. In addition, they organize intramural athletic leagues. All students are welcome to use the facilities at the Campus Activities Building (CAB) which include a pool, sauna, tennis courts, weight room, etc. Please visit the CAB's website (www.upstate.edu/currentstudents/campuslife/activities/) to view available facilities.

Are there interesting restaurants, nightspots, and nightlife in Syracuse?

Much of student nightlife is centered around Armory Square in downtown Syracuse which has many restaurants, nightclubs and shops. Syracuse also has numerous offerings in the arts including Syracuse Stage, Everson Museum of Arts, Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), and the Syracuse Opera, all of which are within walking distance of campus.

What kinds of recreational activities are available nearby?

Downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, hiking, golf, college sporting events (SU football, basketball, lacrosse), minor league hockey (Syracuse Crunch), and minor league baseball (Syracuse Sky Chiefs). Discounted tickets to many events are available through our Campus Activities Office. The Lake Ontario, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands and Adirondack Mountain vacation areas are within an hour's drive of the city and offer unique swimming, boating, fishing and hunting opportunities. Many smaller lakes, including Green Lakes State Park are within a few minutes of Syracuse, and numerous golf courses are located in the city and surrounding towns. Niagara Falls is close enough for a day trip.

My spouse is getting a position/job in Rochester/Ithaca/Buffalo/Albany/ Binghamton. Is it realistic to commute back and forth to these places?

Rochester, Ithaca, and Binghamton are each 75 to 90 minutes from Syracuse by car on interstate highways, so it is feasible to live between the 2 cities and commute half the distance each day. Albany and Buffalo are more than 2 hours away, so commuting from a site between them and Syracuse would be difficult.

Is there childcare available for my young children? Is it expensive? Is it of high quality?

SUNY Upstate's Child Care Center is less than one mile from campus and offers high quality care for children aged six weeks to five years. The Center offers care on weekdays from 6:30 am to 6 pm and is dedicated to serving staff and students.

Upstate's Child Care Center is one of the first programs in the nation to achieve the accreditation under the new quality standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC). All child care staff members have an Early Childhood accreditation or degree.

The cost of daycare is based on household income and is competitive with other daycare centers in the area.

More information or an application may be obtained directly from the Childcare Center (315-464-4438) or by visiting www.upstate.edu/childcare

Am I expected to buy many textbooks?

During the first year, 2-3 textbooks may be recommended for introductory level courses. Students may purchase them, or use them from the reserves in the library. Most advanced coursework is based on original readings from the literature, so textbooks are not required.

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