Syracuse University

Admitted Student FAQs

Housing and Meal Plans

How do I gain access to the online Housing and Meal Plan Application?

You must complete the following steps prior to gaining access to the online housing application:

  • Accept your offer of admission by submitting the online Admission Acceptance Form (AAF) with your advance tuition and housing payments.
  • If you have not already done so, activate your NetID by going to http://its.syr.edu/netid/
  • Access your official Syracuse University e-mail account by visiting http://its.syr.edu/email/
  • Upon receipt of an e-mail from Syracuse University Housing to your syr.edu e-mail account confirming your MySlice Student Services access to the online housing application, complete your housing application.

For a tutorial on completing the online housing application, go to http://housingmealplans.syr.edu/


Do I need to complete the online Housing and Meal Plan Application if I'm not going to live on campus?

If your immediate family resides in the Syracuse area and you plan to commute from home, please check the appropriate box on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.

If you are not obligated to the University's two-year, on-campus living requirements and you plan to live off campus, please check the appropriate box on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.


How am I assigned housing and may I choose my residence hall?

Shortly after the Candidates Reply Date, the Office of Housing assigns a random number to each online housing application received from new first-year and transfer students. The randomly assigned number will establish the order in which applications are processed and is designed to promote a fair and equitable system for all new students that is inclusive and encourages students from different backgrounds to live together. Housing assignments will be made in the order of the assigned number and will take into consideration any living and learning opportunities, mutual roommate requests, or special circumstances you have indicated on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application. The University will not accept requests for housing in a specific room type or residence hall.


What is a Learning Community?
Learning communities allow you to live and take classes with a group of students who are all joined by a common interest or academic major.  Although living in a learning community is optional, many first year students find that the experience helps to ease the transition to college life.  However, not all learning communities are residential.  Check out the variety of options.  Learning communities are offered on a space-available basis and fill up quickly.  If you'd like to enroll in a community, please submit your completed Admission Acceptance Form as soon as possible so you may gain access to the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.

I am entering as a first-year student. In what type of room will I live?

First-year students live in one of the following residence halls on Main Campus: Boland, Brewster, Brockway, Day, DellPlain, Ernie Davis, Flint, Haven, Lawrinson, Sadler, and Shaw. First-year students typically live in a double with another first-year student.  More information on floor plans, building descriptions, specific living options, and virtual tours of rooms is available from the Office of Housing.


I am entering as a transfer student. In what type of room will I live?

Transfer students typically live on South Campus. We encourage transfer students who have completed fewer than 40 credit hours to reside in University housing unless they are students with families or students who commute from the permanent home of their immediate family. Housing for transfers is on a space-available basis until all vacancies are filled. More information on floor plans, building descriptions, specific living options, and virtual tours of rooms is available from the Office of Housing.


When will I receive my housing assignment notification?

Students admitted for the spring semester will receive their housing assignment and University mailing address during the first week in January . We will also provide you with the name, home address, and home telephone number of your roommate (if available) and other important information.


What meal plan must I purchase?

All Main Campus and Skyhall residents are required to purchase a meal plan. Your options for a meal plan are based on your class year. First-year students may choose one of three plans: the Deluxe Meal Plan, the 19-Meal Plan, or the 14-Meal Plan. Indicate which meal plan you want on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.  You can refer to the full list of meal plan options in the Your Admission to Undergraduate Study booklet.


What if I can't find the answers to my questions here?

If your questions on housing or meal plans are not answered here, please visit the Office of Housing, Meal Plan, and I.D. Card Services web site or contact the office at housing@syr.edu or 315-443-2721.