I was wondering if you were talking about Syracuse or where. Good old Orangemen.
Are you straight from ugrad Jess or where'd you live after SU?
Brave: I came here straight from undergrad about two weeks after graduation. Except they're not called Orangemen anymore
The university decided it was too sexist to differentiate between OrangeMen and OrangeWomen so they just started calling it Orange. Most of the students thought it was a bad idea.
TonyP: You're correct. If you know Syracuse (as it sounds like you do) the Comstock/Euclid Ave areas are really close to campus but ridiculously overpriced. Three leasing companies own pretty much all of the houses/complexes there and they make a killing. It's practically guaranteed income. You pay totally for the proximity to the campus (I could walk to class in less than 3 minutes) and the campus bars (5-10 minute walk depending on level of intoxication). Unfortunately, when the windchill is 20 below zero you are too cold to care about how much you have to pay as long as you don't have to stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time.
In many nicer parts of the city that are further away $1000 a month is pretty much equivalent to the mortgage for a 4 bedroom/2.5 bathroom house. My freshman roommate's parents actually realized that fact and instead of paying rent bought a house that she could live in and charged a few of her friends rent to stay there as well.