Making housing arrangements is the responsibility of each student. Please be assured that there is ample housing available within the University area at very reasonable prices. Networking with students who are currently in the program is a vital tool for finding housing. As you inquire about arrangements, please remember that the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs does not expect students to be present on-campus during the summer semester.
On-Campus Graduate Housing Options
Syracuse University now offers limited on-campus housing for graduate students at the South Campus Apartments. A limited number of two bedroom apartments will be reserved for incoming and returning Graduate Students. Pricing is $820 per month, per person, for a two bedroom unit. Fall Semester Pricing $4,100 (Aug 1 - Dec 31) & Spring Semester Pricing $4,100 (Jan 1 - May 30).
Early Arrival/Staying Late: Monthly rate: $820 per month
Off-Campus Housing Options and Resources
All entering MPA and MAIR students are placed on an email listserv through the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs. These messages will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. As housing leads are received, they are forwarded to this listserv. This also serves as a place to connect with your fellow incoming classmates to advertise for roommates, etc. Please contact us at email@example.com to let us know if you are not receiving the listserv emails.
Private off-campus housing is available in the residential neighborhoods surrounding the campus. The following websites are great resources as you begin researching your housing options:
- Syracuse University: Housing for Graduate Students Website
- Syracuse University: Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services for information on housing, resources for signing rental agreements, renters insurance, neighborhood updates, and much more.
- Syracuse University Off Campus Housing Finder - Online Now. This new platform intends to increase access to safe, affordable off campus housing for Syracuse students. It is designed to ensure that all properties are listed accurately, registered with the City of Syracuse, and compliant with all housing ordinances. Listed properties include detailed information on rental units and available amenities. Log in with your Net ID and start your search now.
- Renters guides on the web for off-campus housing: Syracuse Apartments.com and Apartment Finder
- For local websites check Syracuse.com.
Off-campus housing is available both in multiple-bedroom apartments and houses and in single bedrooms or studios. Typical rent per person in a 3-bedroom house can be between $300-$400. Studios range around $400-$500 and one-bedroom apartments are around $600-$800.
When choosing housing, it is important to pay attention to whether utilities (gas, electricity, water, heat) are included in the rent price. During the winter, utilities for a 3-bedroom house can easily go above $300 per month, while in the summer the costs are usually closer to $100.
Prices of utilities for studios and single-bedroom apartments can vary significantly, depending on size. Most of these units, however, are offered with the utilities included in the rent price.
There have been several new apartment complexes built to accommodate SU students, but can be pricey. They include Park Point and University Village Colvin. SU students sometimes choose to live at the Clarendon Heights, the Vincent Apartments and the Nob Hill complexes, which all offer an affordable option in relative proximity to the university.
A more expensive alternative are the Regency Tower, Jefferson Tower and Madison Towers Apartments, which are located closer to downtown Syracuse. One of the largest landlords offering apartments — in complexes and converted homes — all near main campus is Campus Hill Apartments.
The website ApartmentRatings.com posts various reviews on the quality of living and management of apartment complexes in Syracuse. In addition, the PAIA staff will be happy to assist students with recommendations and suggestions in their housing search.
Aside from apartment complexes, graduate students most frequently choose to live in the Euclid and Westcott neighborhoods, as well as the Hawley-Green and Outer Comstock neighborhoods.