Campus Housing

Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: North campus is good for freshmen.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am living off campus now.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: Not all dorms are created equal, this is true. North Campus is a mix of anything from horrible to resort-like, but I feel that this just builds character for the freshmen. The West Campus housing system for upperclassmen is excellent all around. The buildings there are climate controlled, new, and close to central campus. The food and dining on West is arguably some of the best across campus, and you burn it all off when you walk up Libe Slope to go to class everyday.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What really sucks is your not guaranteed housing for junior and senior year. And sometimes renting off campus can be expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: At best it's really great, but at worst it's pretty bad too. Housing process is horrible and unfair, the cost is enormous, and the amenities are good only when other people in the dorm keep them in good condition after use. Social atmosphere really depends on the people in the building - all a matter of luck.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 184th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 225th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1374th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hometown
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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A new West Campus housing initiative has built five dorms for returning Cornell students, each with a dining hall, common spaces, and a live-in professor to create a communal feeling, similar to that of North Campus. These dorms are much-desired for those who wish to live on campus past freshman year. Some lesser-known options are the themed program houses, and the cooperative houses, where students share in the responsibility of the taking care of the house. These smaller units often create a more familial living environment. Many students choose to live in a fraternity or sorority house on North or West Campus, some of which are owned by Cornell. The quality of these houses varies, although all usually include laundry, a meal plan, and common areas, as well as, of course, access to social activities.

The biggest complaints about on-campus housing are the price of the dorms and the meal plans that are sometimes required to live in certain dorms, like the West Campus housing system. However, such expenses are common at Cornell, and most students agree that living on-campus, especially freshman year, can be an easy way to meet other Cornellians and remain connected to the campus scene.
 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
7,000
Average Housing Costs
$8,112
Undergrads Living On Campus
57%
Number of Dormitories
30
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Carl Becker House
  • Donlon Hall
  • Hans Bethe House
  • High Rise 5
  • Mews Hall
  • Sheldon Court (upperclassmen)
  • William Keeton House
Worst Dorms
  • Balch Hall
  • The Gothics
  • Low Rise 7
  • Townhouses
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Night stand
  • Phone
Also Available
Computer labs, in-house kitchens, smoke-free dorms, study lounges, and television rooms
Available for Rent
Microwaves and refrigerators
Did You Know?
  • If you are a first-year student, you will reside on north campus in one of the program houses or traditional residence halls. You will find an abundance of resources, delicious foods, fun things to do, and many other social and academic opportunities.
  • On the first day of finals week, freshmen emerge from their dorms on balconies and dreadfully shriek into the darkness of the night, also called Midnight Howl.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

112 Edgemoor
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 12
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Located close to Cascadilla Gorge and Collegetown
660 Stewart
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 27
Bathrooms: Shared by house
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Washer and dryer, pool table, fireplace, library, TV, parking paid through transportation services, spacious lawn, a panoramic view of Cayuga Lake; these students have no meal plan so some members cook for themselves; others cook in groups, and the remainder eat at other coops
Akwe:kon
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 35
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Akwe:kon is a Program House that celebrates American Indian culture and heritage. There is a community room, two guest rooms, library, two study lounges, laundry room, full kitchen with a dishwasher, and computer lab with printer and game sign out.
Alice Cook House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 16
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Laundry, lounge, study room, library, kitchenette, picnic tables in courtyard, computer room, music practice room with piano, mail room with DVD
Balch Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 386
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Ivy-covered exterior, mullioned windows, a flagstone-bedded interior courtyard and gardens, spacious lounges, sinks in each room, music practice rooms with a piano, laundry, elevators, kitchen, computer networking, and library
Carl Becker House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 30
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: All members share house leadership with Professor Cindy Hazan, who as House Professor and Dean. The house has affiliations with other faculty, senior university staff, coaches, and members of the community to enrich the experience and transform the nature and quality of their interactions with faculty; it has a dining room, leisure common area, library, pantry, guest suite, and rooms for computing, seminars, academic support, and programs.
Cascadilla Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 375
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: French/Collegiate Gothic design, TV/social lounge, piano, laundry, elevators, kitchen, computer networking, study lounge
Clara Dickson Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 469
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Colonial-style building centrally located on north campus, sand volleyball courts outside, renovated social/community rooms
Court-Kay-Bauer Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 279
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Central air conditioning; study lounge, kitchen, and TV lounge on each floor; first floor community space includes a large kitchen, laundry facilities, vending machines, bike storage room, lounges designed for studying and programming
Ecology House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 96
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: A community-based, environmentally-aware program house; two study lounges; the Fireside Lounge with ping-pong table, TV room, pool and foosball tables, and a wood pellet stove; outside student-run garden, a compost pile, sand volleyball court, outdoor furniture, a gas grill, and plenty of green space; they maintain a cabin at Cornell Plantations next to Fall Creek
Flora Rose House
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: In-house dining hall, study rooms, library, guest suite, ping pong table.
The Gothics (Founders, Lyon, McFaddin, Mennen, and South Baker)
Floors: 4 per building
Number of Occupants: 315
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes; Lyon and Meenen female only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: All are Gothic towers; there is laundry in Lyon, kitchens, computer networking, study lounges, and TV/social lounges in all towers
Hans Bethe House
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: In-house dining hall, study rooms, library, pantry, coffee bar, and guest suite.
High Rise 5
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 201
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: The hall has a study lounge and kitchen on every floor, a TV lounge on the main floor, elevators, computer labs; each has a Skylounge on the top floor, which overlooks all of north campus, the University golf course, and Fuertes Observatory
Jameson Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: The hall has a study lounge and kitchen on every floor, a TV lounge on the main floor, elevators, computer labs; each has a Skylounge on the top floor, which overlooks all of north campus, the University golf course, and Fuertes Observatory
Jerome H. Holland International Living Center
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 144
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Residents are from all over the world share a study room, social lounge, and kitchen with their unit; a library, computer room, flag room, bike room, a large community lounge with a fireplace, grand piano, cable TV, and a foosball table with everyone
Just About Music (JAM)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 144
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Practice rooms, regularly tuned pianos, a drum set, a concert stage with lighting and soundcenter and on-going student activities, a CD library, and a recording studio where residents can document their musical progress and record demo tapes and CDs; they also share two community centers, mail services, a fitness center, and on-going student activites
Latino Living Center
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 57
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Located in Anna Comstock Hall on north campus; has it's own kitchen, library, computer room, TV and social lounge, study, and laundry facilities; programs and activities, dances, dinners, and events are sponsored throughout the year
Low Rise 7
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 149
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: There is a main lounge area with fireplace. It is quiet and pleasant place to live.
Low Rises 6
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 156
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: There is a main lounge area with fireplace. It is quiet and pleasant place to live.
Mary Donlon Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 465
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Close to many north campus buildings; has a formal lounge, seating areas, and the Mary Donlon Library on first floor; theater-style multi-purpose room including a big screen TV, used for special dances and events, such as Monday Night Football or World Poker Night
Mews Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 279
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Ideal location in north campus, includes central air conditioning; each floor has two study areas, bike storage room, and kitchen
Multicultural Living Learning Unit
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 54
Bathrooms: 2
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Ideal location in north campus; this community is made up of students with diverse backgrounds; it includes a living room, den with with a small reading library, TV, VCR, stereo, and DVD player, two kitchens, a study lounge, and laundry room
Prospect of Whitby
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 18
Bathrooms: 3
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Members share in house upkeep with weekly house jobs; dinners are prepared by members; includes a living room with a fireplace and a piano, a pool room with bike storage, laundry facilities, limited parking, a porch swing, and a large kitchen shop, pottery studio, and a jewelry shop; annual events such as the MasqueRave, Halloween-themed bash, the traditional reading of Handel's Messiah, and the twice a year showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show are open to the entire Cornell community
Risley Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 194
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Committed to creating an atmosphere for dance, music, visual art, and theatre to flourish. Facilities include dining hall, coffeehouse, student-run theatre, art gallery, music practice room, dark room, and recording studio.
Schuyler House
Number of Occupants: 130
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: The Transfer Student Community, Schuyler House is the residential hall for transfer students. Schuyler is a 15-20 minute walk from campus. Each floor has a shared kitchen, and the building has laundry facilities.
Sheldon Court
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 167
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: French/Collegiate Gothic design, TV/social lounge, piano, laundry, elevators, kitchen, computer networking, study lounge
Triphammer Cooperative
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Large living room with fireplace, free laundry facilities, TV room, a piano, free parking, nonsmoking atmosphere, mandatory meal plan with vegetarian homemade dinners prepared Sunday-Thursday
Ujamaa Residential College
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Ujamaa creates a living environment that celebrates Black heritage and promotes the integration of personal goals with academic and professional opportunities. Features three TV and social lounges, a computer room, study lounge, library, and lobby conference area
Von Cramm Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 32
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Living room with fireplace, pool table, backyard, parking paid through transportation services, bike storage and laundry facilities; dinner is eaten together six times a week, chores are split amongst residents
Wait Avenue Cooperative
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 15
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 7 singles, 4 doubles
Special Features: Kitchen with a microwave oven, living room, laundry facilities, and television; meals are left up to individuals, some cook for themselves and others participate in a University meal plan
Wait Terrace
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 15
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 5 singles, 5 doubles
Special Features: Refurnished living room with color TV, parking paid through transportation services, laundry facilities, enclosed and outdoor porches, plenty of storage space; meals are cooked individually, and all members are responsible for cleaning the house
Wari Cooperative
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 10
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Housing for African American women who complete a survey to apply, Laundry facilities, a TV room, a spacious kitchen; some choose to prepare their own meals, others enroll in a university meal plan
Watermargin
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 23
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Large kitchen, laundry facilities, TV, two fireplaces, ping-pong and foosball tables; members share responsibility in cleaning and cooking
William Keeton House
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: In-house dining hall, study rooms, library, pantry, and guest suite.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Townhouse Community
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 306
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Single-sex apartments
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Double-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Each apartment includes a living room, kitchen, and two double bedrooms; residents have their own community-center building, which is a focal point of activities and programs

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