Community Information

An aerial view of several Syracuse University buildings that have snow on top.

By choosing to attend the Newhouse School, you also choose to live in a unique region of New York State and the Northeast. Syracuse University is located within the city of Syracuse, which is the geographic center of the state, earning the region's title of Central New York.

Syracuse combines all the amenities of a major metropolitan area with small-town charm and an affordable cost of living. It offers a variety of experiences in each of its four seasons. The Syracuse metropolitan area is home to more than half a million people who take advantage of an active social scene and the region's natural recreational resources.

Syracuse offers a thriving arts and entertainment culture, featuring assets such as the Everson Museum of Art, the Syracuse Opera Company, Syracuse Stage, the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. The region also showcases its unique history through attractions such as the Erie Canal Museum and the Salt Museum.

Not far from campus is historic Armory Square, a downtown hotspot with trendy boutiques, dance clubs and restaurants to satisfy cravings for everything from sushi and Thai food to pasta and pizza. Campus shuttles also run regularly to  ShoppingTown Mall and Destiny USA, the region's largest shopping and entertainment complex.

Yes, it does snow, and sometimes it snows a lot. But this is a gorgeous place to spend the summer and fall and those long winters build character and community.

Our location

Geographically, we're about 4 hours by car from New York City and Toronto, Canada. We're located at the intersection of Interstate 81 and Interstate 90 (the New York State Thruway). The Finger Lakes region of New York is about 45 minutes west of Syracuse; the Adirondack Mountains are about an hour and a half to our east.

Here are some other distances and estimated driving times to give you a better idea of where we are:

  •   Boston, Mass. - 314 miles, 4.5 hours
  •   Washington, D.C. - 376 miles, 6 hours
  •   Philadelphia, Pa. - 257 miles, 4 hours
  •   Niagara Falls, Canada - 162 miles, 2.5 hours
  •   Ottawa, Canada - 196 miles, 3 hours
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