Syracuse UniversityParents Office


Living on Campus

First and second year students are required to live in university housing. Living on campus provides a built-in social network for students and eases the transition from living at home to being on their own.  Below you will find helpful information about moving in, moving out, and everything in between.

New Students

Moving In

New students will need to complete the Housing Application process and make an advance housing payment by the date specified in their letter of admission. Incoming students cannot select residence halls but they will have a very short window of time during which they can mutually select a roommate with whom they would like to live; otherwise, roommate assignments are random. Part of that process also requires the student to accept the Terms & Conditions of Student Housing. It may be helpful to review residence hall facilities, room dimensions, bed sizes, and standard furnishings: Residential Facilities

Once your student has matriculated for their first semester the Office of First-Year and Transfer Students will send regular emails and e-newletters to remind them of important deadlines like the housing requirements. The Ready Set website will help to keep your student on-task for the big move to Syracuse University.

New Student Move-in 2017

Tuesday, August 22; Wednesday, August 23; and Thursday, August 24

New Student Orientation Dates - Thursday, August 24-Sunday, August 27

Classes Begin - Monday, August 28

Shipping your belongings to campus?   Check the Ready Set website for instructions.

Living with a Roommate

Shared living space experience fosters a multicultural community which provides for social interaction and encourages a climate of mutual respect.  Communication between roommates is key in working out the living arrangements and settling differences. Students sign a Living Agreement which states that a student is expected to respect the rights of others in relation to their own needs and take responsibility for their own actions.  If a student is experiencing a roommate conflict, he or she should contact the professional staff members in the hall who will attempt to mediate the situation. Room changes are not always possible and are made on a space available basis.   The full policy for residence hall students Residential Policies

Returning Students

Housing Lottery or Living Off Campus

The goal of the Housing Lottery is to distribute rooms fairly, attempting to give each student what he or she desires within the limits of available resources. The Housing Lottery provides for students to select a room for the coming academic year and takes place each spring.  Students will be guided through the multi-step process via emails from the Housing, Meal Plan and ID Services Office.   Each step must be completed properly and within a specific window of time, so encourage your student to watch for Housing Lottery emails starting in February or March.

Prior to participating in the lottery, students must make an advance housing payment and agree to the Terms & Conditions of Student Housing.  To see residence hall facilities, room dimensions, bed sizes, and standard furnishings: Residential Facilities

Note: There are no assigned move in times for returning students.
Move-in hours:  8 AM to 6 PM
Move-in dates:  Friday, Aug. 25, Saturday Aug. 26 or Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
Classes begin on Monday, August 28, 2017

Should a student opt to live off-campus, after fulfilling the required two years in residence halls, they may not return to univeristy housing.
The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services will provide support, information, and resource referrals for off-campus housed students.

Moving Out

At the end of the spring semester students who have completed their final exams are required to move out of the residence halls within 24 hours.  This is to maintain a quiet, academic environment for those students who have not yet completed their exams. 


There is no storage in the residence halls or South Campus apartments for the summer or a semester abroad. If you plan to store your students belongings locally here are two options.
  • Rent space in a local storage facility - you rent a unit and move items to/from campus 
  • Use LazyBones - this company provides storage and is the only company permitted in the residence halls to pickup/drop-off belongings.

Note: Outside moving and storage companies may not enter any residence hall or apartment.