Off-Campus Housing

Ithaca, NY
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in East Hill Plaza. It was moderately close to campus, far from downtown. I enjoyed a really short walk to the grocery store and a bus stop. It seemed a little expensive for what it was, but it was well-maintained, clean, and safe.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you live, it can be very expensive. There are like 4 landlords that own a lot of the rental properties, and they keep the prices high. But a lot of people do ok and enjoy living off campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of houses are available.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is awful here. Apartment rent is most definitely overpriced - anywhere from $900 to $1100 per month per person, if lucky $800. I would like to continue to live in university dorms, but they have no rooms for upperclassmen.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's okay so long as you start the process early. Essentially you really have to plan ahead and sign a lease an entire year before you would move in.


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    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Many students at Cornell tend to live off campus subsequent to freshman year. Those who do, agree that off-campus housing is the best choice, allowing for more of a social, independent, and unrestrained living environment. While options are abundant, it's advisable to begin searching as early as possible (November). The hot spots, clustered directly in Collegetown and within effortless walking distance from campus, are snatched up quickly. These options are also the most expensive but by far the most luxurious and convenient as well. Other possibilities that are not as close are generally more affordable.

Regardless of living preference, Ithaca has numerous options, all of which are feasible, and each of which has its own perks (utilities inclusive, gym, parking). Some students even live on Cayuga Lake, offering one of the most spectacular views at the expense of a nasty commute to campus. Regardless of the living situation, if you own a car, be sure to inquire about parking situations. Some landlords charge exorbitant rates to park in their lots.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
November—housing options quickly decrease over time, especially after winter break
Popular Areas
  • 312 College Avenue
  • Collegetown Plaza
  • Eddygate Park Apartments
  • Gun Hill Residences
  • Ravenwood Apartments
  • Valentine Park Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $850
  • 2 BR: $950
  • House: $550
  • Studio: $700
Did You Know?
During orientation week of the first semester and rush week of the second semester, students gather in Collegetown for massive off-campus block parties at private residences that are along College Avenue and Stewart Avenue.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 73 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 79% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 73 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 23% Extremely helpful.
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