Students who live in the Syracuse area have the option of attending Summer College while residing at home. In an effort to create community, commuter students are encouraged to become part of the residential community by attending activities, events, meetings, etc. in the residence hall. As a commuter, you will be given access to the residence hall during the day and evening hours. You are encouraged to engage in study groups, participate in all residential programming, and attend the weekend trips and events. Summer College welcomes commuters to be part of the larger residential community (without actually staying overnight or attending all meals at the dining hall), as you are an important part of the Summer College community.
Most programs have a commuter option. See the individual program pages for details. Commuters do not pay room and board fees or related residential programs fees.
Commuter students are only permitted to live with:
- Immediate adult relative
If you have questions regarding commuter living guidelines, please contact our office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 315.443.5000. You are NOT permitted to live in off-campus housing unless accompanied by a parent/guardian or immediate adult relative.
Central New York Resident Discount
Summer College also offers a Central New York Discount for students who live in the surrounding areas and want to pursue a residential option and live on campus. While this cannot be applied to the commuter student option, students who live in Onondaga County, NY and other surrounding counties are able to lessen the costs of the residential program. See the Scholarship & Discounts page for more information.
Transportation to and from Campus
Commuter students are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus. Drop-off/pickup is recommended rather than driving and parking, as parking on campus is very limited and requires permits (which are not available for students). Depending on the location of the class, there typically is a location close by that allows for easy drop-off.
Commuter students are provided a meal plan through their Summer College board fees. This meal plan includes 5 lunches per week. This allows students to eat in Ernie Davis Dining Hall on campus with residential students.
Commuters do have an additional option of adding additional funds to a SUpercard account that can be used in dining halls and eateries on campus for dinner and other meals. More information on the SUpercard account can be found through the Housing, Meal Plan, and ID Card Office. Commuter students may also wish to bring their own snacks or purchase food at one of the many restaurants and cafes on Marshall Street near main campus.
Campus Life & Activities for Commuters
Occasionally, commuter students wish to study or hang out on campus outside of class time. In addition to campus libraries, popular common/study spaces are the Panaschi Lounge in the Schine Student Center and the Life Sciences Building atrium. Commuter students are also welcome to attend events hosted on campus outside of the residence hall, such as Summer Movies and Twilight Tours. If visiting the residence hall as a guest of a residential Summer College student, commuter students are also encouraged to attend residence hall events in the main lounge areas.
Residence Hall Access
Safety and security of our residence halls is of the utmost importance, therefore commuter students are only permitted inside the Summer College residence hall when they are signed in as a guest of a Summer College residential student. Upon showing appropriate ID and signing in with a residential host, guests are permitted to hang out with their host and other Summer College peers on the main floor common area lounges of the residence hall until 9pm.
New Student Checklist
Admitted into Summer College? Don’t forget to view the new student to-do list. Check for the additional requirements for commuter students!
Your Syracuse University Summer College experience is quickly approaching and we cannot wait to welcome you to campus. Be sure to view your orientation and move in schedules to get ready for life as a pre-college student! Being a commuter, you will have a separate orientation. View your orientation schedules!