I just got back from my Syracuse apartment hunt, and I will be going with Nob Hill. I had made appointments to see four different places, but we went to Nob Hill first and loved it. We also toured some apartments with a couple who turned out to be parents of another future 1L, and they said they had been to the admitted students thing on Friday and heard only good things about Nob Hill. So that was reassuring.
After looking at a one bedroom and a two bedroom, my mother and I drove to Rugby Square where I was immediately turned off by the neighborhood. Same thing with Grant Village, although not so much. I basically hate cities, and at Nob Hill I can kind of pretend that I'm not in a city - it's not secluded, but it is up on a hill and there's lots of grass and trees. And the commute will be really easy, just jump on the highway and go up a few exits. Rugby Square would involve a commute down Teall, which I think would suck with all of the traffic lights. I'd much rather take the highway. Anyway, after driving by Rugby Square and Grant Village my mother and I went back to Nob Hill and put a deposit down on a two bedroom for July 1st. The two bedroom is $714 including heat and hot water, and the place is really nice, so I'm psyched. They have a pool, a fitness center, and gas grills that you can use. Not sure I'd really use all that, but it's nice to know that it's there.
The two bedroom I'm getting is a decent size, and it has one and a half baths. They had a different style two bedroom with a balcony and an additional air conditioner in the master bedroom, but that was more expensive (I think $739?) and the rooms where smaller, so I didn't go with that one. The kitchen is small, but it has a garbage disposal and a dishwasher, so that's all I care about. The windows are a nice size, and there is an air conditioner in the living room. I'm really excited to move in and get some more furniture (my first real sofa, no more futon!).
I don't know anything about Skyline or Nettleton Commons, but I loved Nob Hill. They are taking deposits for apartments way in advance - the leasing lady said that before we came in she had leased a place to another student for mid-August. If you're not sure about Skyline or Nettleton Commons, check out Nob Hill. http://nobhillsyracuse.com/