Engaging with the Hill Community

University Hill is home to numerous community service organizations that are committed to supporting those in need. These organizations have developed a variety of programs to better serve University Hill residents and the Central New York region.

Community Resources

Community Resources

  • Ronald McDonald House

    Ronald McDonald House

    The Central New York Ronald McDonald House has hosted families from across the world since 1982. The Ronald McDonald House charity has a worldwide network of local chapters that provide support and resources to seriously ill or injured children while in a home environment that helps keep families together. The CNY House features an elevator, guest rooms with private baths, a large family centered kitchen, family dining areas, an education and resource library, a community room, and a gated outdoor play area – all in a welcoming and calm atmosphere intended to bring comfort to guest families.

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  • Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood provides counseling and comprehensive reproductive and related health-care services to enhance understanding of sexuality, reproduction, and parenting. The private, not-for-profit organization advocates for public policies guaranteeing reproductive rights and access to affordable, nonjudgmental healthcare. The Syracuse Health Center is located at 1120 E. Genesee Street and provides several confidential services including gynecological care, contraceptive counseling, and complete reproductive services for women and men.

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  • SU Early Education Child Care Center

    SU Early Education Child Care Center

    The Early Education Child Care Center (EECCC) provides day care services to the children of students, staff, and faculty of Syracuse University. Located on the South Campus, the Center offers a full day program focused on the growth and development of children from infancy to preschool in a caring, respectful environment. Programs are offered for three age groups: infant (2-8 months), toddler (18 months-3 years), and multi-age (3-5 years).


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  • Religious Institutions

    Temple Concord

    Temple Concord

    Established in 1839, Temple Concord is the oldest Jewish congregation in Syracuse. Located at the corner of University Avenue and Madison Street, the Temple provides a sanctuary for worship, a place for intimacy and inspiration for congregations in the Benjamin M. Berinstein Memorial Chapel, and a spacious and modern meeting room in the Ives and Lillian Jacobs Social Hall. The Lois Arnold Gale Memorial Library serves as a research and lending facility and contains the largest collection of Judaica in Central New York. Worship is offered on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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    Grace Episcopal Church

    Grace Episcopal Church

    The Grace Episcopal Church has provided spiritual services and community outreach since 1867. The Church is actively engaged in the community through a food pantry, clothing outlet, Sunday services and school, youth groups, bible study, and a book club. Grace Episcopal Church is located at the corner of University Avenue at 819 Madison Street. Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m.

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    University United Methodist Church

    University United Methodist Church

    Located at 1085 East Genesee Street, the University United Methodist Church has served the Hill community for more than a century through community breakfasts, a clothes closet, food pantry, refugee resettlement, and Nepalese mission work. People of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds are welcome to worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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    Hendricks Chapel

    Hendricks Chapel

    Constructed in 1929, Hendricks Chapel is located on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle of the Syracuse University campus. An interfaith chapel that accommodates people of all faiths, major chaplaincies include Assemblies of God, Episcopal (Anglican), Evangelical Christian, American Baptist, United Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Islamic, Jewish, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Southern Baptist denominations. The Chapel offers a wide variety of services throughout the week.

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    Alibrandi Catholic Center & the St. Thomas More Campus Ministry

    Alibrandi Catholic Center

    Founded in 1906 by Syracuse University, the Catholic Campus Ministry serves the Roman Catholic students at SU and SUNY-ESF. Located at 110 Walnut Place, the St. Thomas More Chapel and Center provides spiritual, cultural, social, and educational activities for the Roman Catholic Community. The Catholic Center serves the community through food pantries, food recovery networks, and through partnership with numerous community organizations. Services are offered throughout the week.

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    Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life

    Winnick Hillel Center

    The Winnick Hilllel Center for Jewish Life is located at 102 Walnut Place and serves over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Syracuse. The Center offers cultural programs such as speakers, study breaks, and movie screenings to the Jewish students on the Syracuse campus and to the community at large. The three-story building includes a fitness center, multipurpose auditorium (seating capacity of 200), game room and lounge, meeting rooms, administrative and student offices and work areas, library, and supervised kosher dining facility with meat and dairy kitchens.

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The University Hill neighborhood has experienced dramatic revitalization and urban renewal in recent years, becoming one of Syracuse’s most desirable and affordable places to live. Whether you are looking for a high-rise apartment or a single-family dwelling, the Hill offers a wide variety of housing options for individuals, students, and families. The Greater University Hill area has been nationally recognized as a “Top Ten Neighborhoods in the U.S.” by the American Planning Association for its growth, diversity, prominent medical and educational institutions, dynamic business districts, and livable neighborhoods.

  • Copper Beech Commons

    Spacious living for Syracuse University students with two, three, and four-bedroom apartments available. Located at 300 University Avenue, the fully furnished apartments are in close vicinity to SU and SUNY-ESF with all utilities, wi-fi, and cable included. On-site amenities include a fitness center, indoor basketball court, movie theater, on-site parking, and a pet-friendly environment. Six, ten, and twelve-month leases are offered.

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  • Skyler Commons

    Fully furnished “on-campus” studio apartments with all utilities, wi-fi, and cable included. Located at 908 Harrison Street, tenants are allowed access to Copper Beach amenities as well as shuttles to Wegmans and Target. Twelve-month leases offered.

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  • Maple Heights

    Maple Heights

    Located at 403 E Genesee Parkway, Maple Heights offers 50 units to low-income households. Through funding from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, Maple Heights can offer reduced rent to those who qualify. The housing also accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV).

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  • Fayette Place

    Located at 712 E Fayette Street, Fayette Place offers one-bedroom apartments with water, trash, digital cable and internet included. Coin-op laundry and both on-site and off-site parking available for all tenants. Twelve-month leases offered.

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  • U Point

    Located at 404 University Avenue, U Point offers two, three and four-bedroom apartments with all utilities included. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, coffee bar, on-site retail, laundry, garage parking, and a limited access community. The typical lease term is approximately 11.5 months of occupancy.

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  • VanKeuren Square

    Under a partnership with Housing Visions and the Syracuse VA Medical Center, VanKeuren Square is designed to provide a range of services to homeless veterans. The $11.4 million project was completed in 2014 and offers 50 fully furnished one and two-bedroom apartments.

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  • The Marshall

    The eight-story retail and apartment building is located at 727 S. Crouse Avenue near Marshall Street and Syracuse University. The Marshall Syracuse offers apartment lofts from studios to four-bed/four-bath units with views of the SU Quad, Carrier Dome, and downtown Syracuse. Amenities include a full-service gym, study rooms, and a community space lounge.

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  • Theory Syracuse

    Opening in the Fall of 2018, Theory Syracuse is a seven-story student apartment building located on the North West corner of East Genesee Street and South Crouse Avenue. Apartments are fully furnished with washer and dryer included, internet and cable, and walk-in closets. Options range from small studios to spacious four-bedroom homes.

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  • The 505 on Walnut

    505 on Walnut, Photo by Rick Moriarty, Syracuse.com

    Located at 505 Walnut Avenue, the 505 offers students fully-furnished apartments from studios to four-bed/four-bathroom. Amenities include in-unit washer and dryers, smart-home technology, a penthouse level with additional amenities, and offers individual leases.  Read story on Syracuse.com.

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  • 614 South Crouse Ave.

    614 S. Crouse Ave. Apartment

    Owned by University Area Apartments, 614 S. Crouse Ave offers rooms from studios to five-bedroom apartments. Utilities include cable and internet, along with in-unit laundry and a bathroom for each bedroom.

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  • Sylvester Building - 900 East Fayette St.

    Sylvester Building Rendering

    Known as the “Sylvester” building, the 12 existing apartments in the vacant 106-year-old apartment and retail building are undergoing significant renovations. Plans include expanding to an additional 30 apartments with a restaurant and stores at the street level. Sitting at the southeast corner of East Fayette Street and Irving Avenue, the building has been designated an historic structure by the New York State Historic Preservation Office.  Read story on Syracuse.com.

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  • Adams Street Apartments

    1101 Adams Street Studio Apartments

    Located at 1011 East Adams Street, this University Area Apartment complex offers studio apartments. The air conditioned, furnished apartments include electric, heat, water, and laundry in rent.

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  • Pioneer Homes

    Pioneer Homes

    Pioneer Homes is a two-story apartment complex with 200 units. Bordered by East Adams Street, Renwick Avenue, Taylor Street, and South Townsend Street, Pioneer Homes houses over 600 families with one, two, three, and four-bedroom townhouses and flats.

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  • Toomey Abbott Towers

    Toomey Abbot Towers

    Toomey Abbot Towers offers assisted living for the elderly and disabled. Toomey Abbott Towers has an on-site grocery store, laundry room, game room, chapel, beauty salon, computer lab, cafeteria, and is on the Centro Bus route. The 310 units are located at 1207 Almond Street with Dunbar Social Services also on-site.

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Housing Organizations

Syracuse Housing Authority

The Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) owns and manages more than 2,600 Federal and State funded housing units for low-income, disabled, and elderly persons in the City of Syracuse. The SHA provides subsidies to more than 2,800 households and administers two housing developments in the Hill area: Pioneer Homes and Toomey Abbott Towers. Pioneer Homes houses over 600 families while Toomey Abbott Towers consists of 310 elderly units in a high-rise building.

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Housing Visions Unlimited

Founded in 1990, Housing Visions Unlimited Inc. (HVU) is a not-for-profit corporation aiming to improve the quality of housing in the Greater Syracuse Area. Housing Visions specializes in complex financial structures and accessing diverse financing to provide quality, affordable housing. HVU works to revitalize neighborhoods with developments in 16 communities and over 1,600 units throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania.

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University Neighborhood Preservation Association

The University Neighborhood Preservation Association (UNPA) is a non-profit partnered with municipal agencies, SU, and other neighborhood organizations to promote owner-occupancy in the University Neighborhood. UNPA provides incentives for living in the University Neighborhood through homebuyer’s assistance and low-interest home improvement loans. Through grants and loans totaling more than $1.2 million, UNPA has provided assistance to more than 500 homebuyers within their target area since 1991.

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Volunteering offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference. It can also provide an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.  There are many volunteer opportunities on University Hill.

Crouse Health 

Planned Parenthood 

Ronald McDonald House of CNY 

Thorndon Park Association

United Methodist Church 

Upstate University Hospital

VA Medical Center

DAV Volunteer Transport Network focuses on helping Veterans get to their VA-approved medical appointments. This mission is carried forward by:

  • Providing free transportation for Veterans to and from their appointments at VA facilities and VA-referred Veteran Choice programs
  • Coordinating transportation across 14 counties with 36 donated vehicles
  • Soliciting funds for more vehicles to replace an aging fleet
  • Opening new substations to improve coverage throughout Central, Northern NY, and the Southern Tier
  • Recruiting more volunteers to better accomplish our mission

For information on volunteering call (315) 425-4343 or email Edward.Rogers3@va.gov





University Hill offers various options for continuing and part-time education.    

Crouse Health, Continuing Education & Career Development
Crouse Hospital provides continuing education and career development for employees.

SU Falk College, School of Social Work Continuing Education Program
Through their School of Social Work in Falk College, Syracuse University provides workshops and trainings for social workers, health professionals, and those in other human services.

SU University College, Part Time
SU also offers part-time study of degree programs, certificates, and noncredit courses in condensed and accelerated formats through University College (UC).

SUNY ESF Open Academy Professional Education
ESF offers graduate certificates in Radiation Curing Chemistry and Environmental Leadership, as well as various education workshops.

SUNY Upstate
Upstate Medical University provides both medical and nursing continuing education.