Housing Information

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For basic information about on-campus housing, off-campus housing and short-term housing options, please visit the SCIS Housing page.

Complete information about on-campus housing can be found at the Office of Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services website.

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Become a registered student at Syracuse University. For more information follow the link below:

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Virtual Tour

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Visit campus online! Take a walking tour with our virtual tour guide to explore the sights of our beautiful campus. Visit the Quad, academic buildings, the Carrier Dome, and more. Begin tour.

Bird Library also offers a virtual tour highlighting library places, services and collections. Web, slide show and video versions are available.

Travel and Port of Entry Procedures


Do not check the following documents in your luggage as you will need them at the U.S. Port of Entry:
  • SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport (valid at least six months beyond program end date)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • $6.00 U.S. currency for the U.S. I-94 Entry fee (only need if entering the US through a land border)
  • Slutzker Center contact information-- Patricia Burak, (315) 443-2457
  • If the office is closed, contact the Department of Public Safety (315) 443-2224
  • Money (U.S.) for additional expenses (taxi, bus, food)

You may also be asked to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:

  • SEVIS fee receipt (Form I-797);
  • Proof of funding for 1 year (e.g., scholarship or sponsorship letter, bank statements);
  • Proof of student status (e.g., admission letter, tuition receipt)

On the Airplane

Flight attendants will distribute Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059) that must be completed prior to landing. You should also receive a flyer explaining how to obtain your I-94 Admission Number.

Port of Entry

After entering the U.S. at the airport, you will pass through a U.S. Immigration Port of Entry inspection. Your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, and other documents will be officially reviewed. A digital photograph and a biometric scan of your fingerprints will be taken. You will likely have to answer a few questions and indicate your reason for entering the U.S. (to be a student); you may have to provide proof of admission. Please be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection official has authority to deny admission.

Once your inspection is successfully completed, the inspecting officer should stamp your passport with your date of arrival. The official should also note your non-immigrant status (F-1 or J-1) and D/S (duration of status—how long you are eligible to remain in the U.S.). Please be sure that both documents are marked in this manner. 

Soon after your arrival, you should visit www.cbp.gov/I94 to obtain your I-94 Admission Number and print a copy for your records.  Please make sure the Admit Until Date is "D/S" and the Class of Admission matches your visa status (F-1/J-1).  If any of the information on your I-94 is incorrect, please bring this to the attention of a Slutzker Center advisor when you check-in with the office.

If you arrive through a land border, you will still receive a paper I-94 card.  Please make sure the card is stamped and indicates the correct status (F-1/J-1) and "D/S".

Sample I-94 Card (paper version)

Sample Electronic I-94

Additional information regarding Port of Entry procedures for F-1/J-1 students