I dont live in SYR - I live in MI.
Oops, that was for Laur4447. Sorry.
Hartford is actually pretty ok looking...I mean, downtown is nice and it seemed a lot better than downtown SYR.
Downtown may look nice, but honestly Hartford is not a place that I'd ever want to live. It's #24 on the 2005 list of most dangerous cities. Syracuse wasn't in the top 25. UCONN, being so near the West Hartford town line, is in a better part of Hartford, but it can get bad really quickly.
East Hartford is a dump, but it's definitely safer than Hartford. The towns get better as you get farther away. And west of the Connecticut River is known to be nicer (and more expensive) than east of the river.
I'm sure that you'll be fine over by UCONN, and I may tend to be more cautious because I'm female. I don't mean to sound all negative. Hartford definitely has its good points, like being the state capital and having a lot of high paying firms. And I love central CT (I miss it!!), it's a great place to live. Traffic to and through Hartford can kind of suck, which is something to consider if you ever decide to live farther away from UCONN. But I commuted from Vernon (where I grew up) through Hartford to UCONN's West Hartford campus and then to Central Connecticut State University for undergrad, and it never really bothered me. OK, can you tell that I would rather be in CT than western Mass?!?
Good luck with the apartment search chonralda, and if you have any questions about CT I'd be happy to try and answer them.