The campus is in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, east and southeast of downtown, on one of the larger hills, above the sprawling city of Syracuse in the central New York state. Its large campus features an eclectic mix of buildings, ranging from nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival structures to contemporary buildings.
Also called "North Campus," the Main Campus contains nearly all academic buildings and residence halls. Its centerpiece is The Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle, more affectionately known as "The Quad", which is surrounded by academic and administrative buildings. The North Campus represents a large portion of the University Hill neighborhood. Buses run to South Campus, as well as downtown Syracuse and other locations in the city.
The free Connective Corridor bus shuttles transport students between campus and downtown Syracuse, where annual celebrations include a 12-day Winterfest and a Jazz Fest.
With about 100 inches of snowfall each year, the bitterly cold winters at Syracuse University give students plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and sledding on nearby mountains. On campus, there are more than 300 student clubs and organizations. About 20 percent of Syracuse students are involved in Greek life, though only juniors and seniors may live in Greek housing
There is always something going on around campus. Between all the dance, theatre, comedy, and music groups, there are performances close to every weekend. There are always events going on usually free or $3 a ticket. Armory Square (the downtown area of the city) and Destiny USA (the mall) are easily accessible via shuttle from main campus. The nightlife and party scene is a big part of Syracuse.
Most students also go to Marshall Street for fun. It is a street located on campus containing various dessert, food, and beverage stores. Besides that, there is another street not far from campus called Wescott Street where students can eat and go to bars.
About 70 percent of students live in university housing. First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. All 22 residence halls are coeducational and each contain a lounge, laundry facility, and various social/study spaces. Residence halls are secured with a card access system. Residence halls are located on both Main Campus and South Campus, the latter of which is a five-minute ride via bus. Learning communities and interest housing options are also available. Food facilities include six residential dining centers, two food courts, and several cafes.
Syracuse University career services department is responsible for helping students with choosing their major and career specialization, writing resumes and letters, helping to organize internships and interviews, career fairs and many other events that are aimed at building students’ career paths.