Students who live in the Syracuse area have the option of attending Summer College as a commuter student and residing at home. In an effort to create community among the entire Summer College population, commuter students are encouraged to attend activities, events, meetings, etc. in the residence hall. Commuter students are given guest access to the residence hall during the day and evening hours. They are encouraged to engage in study groups, participate in residential programming, and attend weekend trips and events.  

Commuter Guidelines

Most Summer College programs have a commuter option. See the individual program pages for details.  Commuters do not pay room fees or related residential programs fees.

Commuter students are only permitted to live with:

  • A parent/guardian
  • An immediate adult relative

If you have questions regarding commuter living guidelines, please contact our office via email or by phone 315.443.5000. Commuter students are NOT permitted to live in off-campus housing unless accompanied by a parent/guardian or an immediate adult relative.

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Central New York Resident Discount

Summer College offers a Central New York Discount for students who live in the surrounding areas of Syracuse and want to live on campus as a residential student. While this discount cannot be applied to the commuter 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 (periphery lots only) and requires a permit for individual purchase directly from Parking and Transit Services. Depending on the location of the class, there typically is a location nearby that allows for easy drop-off.


Commuter students are provided a meal plan as part of their Summer College board fees. The meal plan consists of 5 lunches per week. This allows commuter students to eat in Ernie Davis Dining Hall on campus with Summer College residential students.

Commuters may add funds to a SUpercard account, which can be used in dining halls and eateries on campus for dinner and other meals. More information on the SUpercard account can be found at 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.

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Campus Life & Activities for Commuters

Occasionally, commuter students want to study or hang out on campus outside of class time. In addition to campus libraries, popular common/study spaces are the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center and the atrium in the Life Sciences Building. Commuter students are also welcome to attend events hosted on campus outside of the residence hall, such as Friday Night Flicks and Twilight Tours. If visiting the residence hall as a guest of a residential Summer College student, commuter students are encouraged to attend residence hall events in the main lounge areas.

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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.

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Admitted Students

Admitted into Summer College? Don’t forget to view the new student to-do list. Check for the additional requirements for commuter students!

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Welcome Weekend

Your Syracuse University Summer College experience will be here before you know it 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! As a commuter, you will have a separate orientation.

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