Syracuse University requires students to live on campus during your first two years, unless you’re a new transfer student. Here are a few tips on how you can make the best out of living in a residence hall!

Be respectful and considerate of your roommate.

In other words, know each other’s schedule. It can be a huge change sharing a room with another person. It is important that you and your roommate voice your living styles and any concerns you may have. Do not take their belongings without their permission, and discuss basic rules with them, such as when music can be played and when visitors can come. Also, particularly if your roommate has an upcoming test, give them space and privacy.

Stay organized.

Since you are sharing a room with at least one other student it is important that you maintain a clean living space. Not only is this important for you and your roommates, but it will also save space in your room.

Take advantage of your meal plan!

Living without a kitchen means you need to start learning how to navigate the dining centers on campus. What’s also great about your meal plan is that you are given money that you can use at different locations throughout campus such as the West Campus Starbucks, Schine Student Center, and other restaurants!

Keep your door open!

The best part about living in a residence hall is constantly being surrounded by friends and meeting new people. Take advantage of living in such a social environment because when will you have the opportunity to make so many new friends again after graduating?

Don’t forget the essentials!

In addition to these tips here are a few items you will not want to forget to purchase:

  • Mattress topper
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shower shoes
  • Laundry basket
  • Fans
  • Shower caddy
  • Extension cords and power strips

Learn more regarding living on campus and dorm life!

Written by Haley Mykytka ’22, College of Visual and Performing Arts