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Off-Campus Housing Trending in Syracuse

Syracuse, N.Y. — In the past eight years, seven privately-owned apartment complexes have popped up specifically geared for students.

Aspen Heights is one of those apartments that are currently under construction.

“When we first decided to come in there wasn’t a lot of on-campus housing,” Abby Miller, marketing director for Aspen Heights, said. “Our company saw that there was a really big growth in the enrollment trends at Syracuse so we thought it would be a perfect time to come in.”

Leases for Aspen Heights start in August and the company has 33 percent of the units filled.

According to the Syracuse University website, enrollment has grown by 10 percent over the past decade. However, 70 percent of the student population chooses to live on campus.

“There’s enough students for all of us,” Miller said.

Last year, two floors of the Sheraton hotel, located practically on the S.U. campus, were converted into student housing to accommodate students this last year.

To live on campus, students pay no more than $12,000, not including meal plans. Off campus. anywhere from $800 a month to $1,500, depending on the number of bedrooms. With 12-month leases, that adds up to $9,600 to $18,000.

Since there are plenty of  private apartment complexes to choose, amenities are usually what sets each of them apartment, offering perks such as study rooms, game rooms, dog parks and even tanning beds.