The University Neighborhood, which lies directly east of Syracuse University, is predominantly a residential neighborhood made up of mid-scale early 20th century single-, two- and three-family homes. Off-campus student housing and University faculty and staff populate the University neighborhood.
There is very little business activity in the University Neighborhood, with few exceptions being small neighborhood convenience stores that cater to off-campus student housing. The neighborhood also houses the City's only cooperative grocery store, Syracuse Real Food Cooperative.
The University Neighborhood houses Barry Park which contains a playground, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field, soccer field, and a large open space for many other actives. During the summer months, many residents use the park for walking, skating and biking. Sherman Park, located at Westmoreland and Tecumseh Avenues are also used by youth for softball and soccer. Moringside Reservoir is situated on top of a drumlin and the area surrounding the reservoir is used by the residents for jogging, walking, and hiking.
6. Outstanding cultural and creative programs for all ages
7. Extraordinary resources at the university
8. Many participatory and spectator sports
9. Medical facilities nearby
10. Easy access to downtown and highways
The University Neighborhood is mostly residential, with only a few convenience stores located throughout. The neighborhood is close to retail and dining, however, with Westcott Street being lined with small shops and restaurants immediately to the north, and the Nottingham Plaza across East Colvin Street at its southeastern corner. This plaza has a grocery store, Eckerd drug store, liquor store, barber shop, as well as a UPS Store behind it. Additionally, Marshall Street, the main retail area of adjacent University Hill is within a short walk of the northwestern corner of the neighborhood. The neighborhood is also home to the city's only cooperative grocery store, the Syracuse Real Food Co-op.
Although there are over 11,000 people who live in the University Hill Neighborhood, only a handful are in one, two or three-family homes. The rest of the residents are University students living in various types of University housing, or apartments catered to student living. The University Hill neighborhood is characterized by the buildings and plazas of Syracuse University, as well as the State University of New York's College of Environment Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), three hospitals and the Hutchings State Psychiatric Center.
Oakwood Cemetery, a National Register Landmark and Local Protected Site, sits on the southern edge of this neighborhood. This vast 82-acre site was a private initiative of the efforts of two prominent community leaders who hired a nationally known architect to design its features and pathways. A marvelous rural cemetery, Oakwood was filled with trees to complement the native vegetation of oak grove, pine, maple, and hickory, rolling lawns, and winding pathways. Views and sequences of pedestrian experiences were carefully planned throughout the Cemetery. In addition to its landscaping, Oakwood Cemetery also possesses magnificent structural elements such as grand mausoleums, arched bridges, a mortuary chapel, and marble monuments. Many students and residents in the neighborhood also use the Oakwood Cemetery pathways for walking, bicycling, and jogging.
The Walnut Park National Register Historic District outlines Walnut Park, located between Harrison Street and Waverly Avenue. Most of these magnificent, once single-family large-scale homes are now Fraternity and Sorority houses for Syracuse University students.
The Syracuse University Comstock Tract National Register District includes many elegant buildings (some built by Archimedes Russell) such as Crouse College, the Hall of Languages, Hendricks Memorial Chapel, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship.
The University Hill Neighborhood is occupied by Syracuse University, State University of New York (SUNY) Environmental Science and Forestry College and student housing. The medical center complex consisting of Upstate Medical Center, the Veteran's Administration, Crouse Irving Memorial Hospitals, and Hutchings State Psychiatric Center are also located in this neighborhood. Retail, service and professional businesses are located within this institutional neighborhood. The neighborhood boasts Syracuse Stage and an active East Genesee merchants association, made up of the owners of the many businesses along the northern border of this neighborhood.
The Marshall Street business area provides restaurants, clothing, bookstores, and amenities for the student population and visitors to the area during campus tours and Carrier Dome Sporting events. The Crouse-Marshall Street business area is working to improve the look of the area by burying the utility lines, reconfiguring the parking and bricking the sidewalks. The plan also call for the establishment of a Business Improvement District along the corridor.