Our Neighborhood

So Much To Discover

A Great Place To Call Home

S. Park

“We love walking everywhere, we love our parks, we love our restaurants and we love our library...

but most of all we love our neighbors!”

The University Neighborhood

If you are looking to explore Syracuse and find interesting things to do or a place to live ... discover the "University Neighborhood!" From Downtown, take Harrison Street up the hill. Now you're on Syracuse University turf! College sports fans have heard of the Carrier Dome. The quad, at the heart of campus, overlooks the Marshall Street commercial district with shopping, dining and lots of SU apparel and other stuff for sale.

Travel up a hill a bit more to Ostrom Avenue and Thornden Park, and work your way over to Euclid Avenue, which will take you to Westcott Street. The "Westcott Nation", as some call the "University Neighborhood" is another colorful area within the neighborhood an eclectic mix of academicians, students, permanent residents and a lot of free thinkers.

But, there is even more to discover!

Discover the University Neighborhood where residential intimacy combines with urban accessibility and our residents enjoy a host of local amenities and conveniences!

We are within walking distance to Syracuse University, medical centers, restaurants, shops, picturesque parks and numerous other green spaces. Public transportation provides quick access to the City's bustling Downtown, and exits on and off Interstate 81 and Route 690 are conveniently close.

About The Neighborhood

What to see and do in the University Neighborhood


Discover the University Neighborhood when searching for public schools with a great academic track record, outstanding extracurricular activities, a diverse student body, and a community of passionately involved parents! Parents and guardians rave about the quality education and friendly environment at Edward Smith K-8 School. Nottingham High School, the City’s magnet school for the arts, offers a wide variety of advanced placement and college preparatory courses. In addition, check out the “Say Yes Syracuse” program, a nonprofit community-wide partnership with the goal of every public school student not only graduating high school, but doing so with the preparation and support to attain, afford and complete a college or other postsecondary education. And the area suffers no shortage of outstanding daycare, after school, and Pre-K programs.


Discover the University Neighborhood, home to some of the most eclectic shopping and dining in Syracuse! Residents and patrons can peruse the unique fashions at Boom Babies, visit with friends at Beer Belly Deli, stop to smell the flowers at Westcott Florist, and enjoy frozen yogurt at Yeti Frozen Yogurt & Café while on the way to pick up groceries at the City’s only co-op grocery, Syracuse Cooperative Market. Diners can feast on Middle Eastern fare at Munged’s Mediterranean Restaurant and Lounge, enjoy the vibrant Mexican cuisine at local hotspot Alto Cinco, grab a ‘slice’ at Dorian’s Gourmet Pizza and Deli, experience delicious Japanese cuisine at Asahi Sushi, or relax with some down-home cooking at Mom’s Diner. The neighborhood also boasts a mixture of take-out options like Cure Delicatessen & Provisions, Las Delicias, Syracuse Halal Gyro, and Gangnam Style Korean Kitchen. The sophisticated, modern wine bar and evolving menu at Saint Urban Restaurant is a must for those special occasions, while Stout Beard Brewing Company is a must for some board games and good brews. If you need a pick me up during a shopping trip, or just want to drink in the unique atmosphere of Syracuse’s most diverse neighborhood, you can always get a fresh roasted cup of ‘joe’ at Recess Coffee or the Rise N Shine Diner.


Discover the University Neighborhood where season to season, area residents are rarely at a loss for what to do with so many arts, sports, and recreation activities nearby. Summer finds locals enjoying the Barry Park playground, the Thornden Park pool and EM Mills Rose Garden, as well as the annual Shakespeare in the Park productions, and the Art Trail, a weekend-long bazaar featuring works by local artists. The annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair ushers in Autumn when sports enthusiasts flock to the famed Carrier Dome. Year-round, locals enjoy the offerings of the Westcott Community Center and the ever-changing scenery at nearby parks and trails. Among the local treasures, the Morningside Cultural Trails include a five-mile long main trail, a 5k route, tree trail, and history trail through the historic Oakwood Cemetery.

Neighborhood Associations

University / Westcott Housing & Neighborhood Plan

UNPA contracted with the Center for Community Design & Research (CCDR) at SUNY-ESF to facilitate development of the University/Westcott Housing & Neighborhood Plan. The plan was developed to supplement the City of Syracuse Housing Plan. The outcomes were created through the process of developing a vision statement, setting goals, and creating an action plan to achieve those goals with numerous community meetings & focus groups.


The University Neighborhood Preservation Association is committed to promoting owner-occupacy in the UNPA Target Area


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