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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on your RA there's RAs that will literally hunt for someone to call th cops on saw it like 4 times over the dumbest things.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Newly renovated dorm for freshmen are great - they have everything new and air conditioning. However, the upperclassmen dorms somewhat suck, and the ones that have air conditioner are really hard to get in.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New kitchens in every dorm!

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everything is great about our living conditions our floor gets along very well, but our RA takes his job way too seriously it's almost on the border of harassment.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms have recently been renovated so they're the nicest on campus. The upper class dorms are generally run down and need a renovation. There is a sense of community in some of the dorms as long as you fit in.

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Housing isn't five-star, but it's certainly functional. With a primarily residential campus, most students live in campus housing all four years they attend Cornell. While a majority of the dorms are communal-style living, with each floor sharing one or two bathrooms, the two newest residence halls feature suite-style rooms—and air conditioning. Freshmen definitely get the short end of the stick, housed in buildings rumored to be designed by a man who also designed prisons. But the options definitely improve with seniority. The room selection process is a unique lottery system. Students draw numbers based on their class year and then those numbers decide the order for room selection, also by class year. The suite-style dorms use a separate lottery system in which points are awarded based on the class year of each person wanting to live in a suite.

The requirement to live on campus fosters a strong sense of community both in the residence halls and on the campus in general. Each dorm has a Hall Council, which plans social events for the building, including finals food study breaks at the end of each block. Cornell’s Residence Life office has several active programs, including the First-Year Success Series. The community feel is fostered by the number of students who stick around over weekends. Even over the four-day block breaks, the dorms are rarely empty.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,107
Average Housing Costs
$3,800
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • First-year only floors and halls
  • Men's dorms
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
93%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
9
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Pauley-Rorem
  • Pfeiffer
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Clock Tower
Worst Freshman Dorms
Tarr
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Olin
What You Get
  • Bookshelf or cupboard
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser or built-in drawers
  • Mirror
  • Twin extra-long bed
Also Available
First Year Theme Floors center on several different topics and can provide a deeper sense of community for those new to the Hilltop. Living and Learning Communities are student-developed and can be centered around common interests from health and wellness to music.
Available for Rent
Vacuum cleaner, board games, sleds, videotapes

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bowman-Carter
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 110
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, four triples and one quad
Special Features: Hardwood floors, high ceilings, cable, kitchen, laundry, separate formal and TV lounges, private sinks on upper floors
Clock Tower
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 96
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Suite style living, four kitchens, laundry, large community room, study room, air conditioning, carpet, handicap accessible
Dows
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 85
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, female only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Cable, kitchen, laundry, lounge
Merner
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 125
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, kitchen, lounge, two study rooms, laundry, handicap accessible
New Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 47
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Suite-style living, kitchen, laundry, en suite kitchenettes, study room, air-conditioned, carpet, handicap accessible
Olin
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Cable, kitchen, laundry, lounge
Pauley-Rorem
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Cable, kitchen on each floor, laundry, separate TV and study lounges, pool table
Pfeiffer
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 160
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, kitchen, pool table, laundry, lounge, classroom, conference room
Tarr
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 75
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Cable, kitchen, laundry, lounge, pool and ping pong tables

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

10th Avenue Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 2
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One triple, one double, three singles per unit
Special Features: Cable, connected to campus network

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  • Ease of housing process/lottery system
  • Proximity to classes
  • Resident community
  • Social atmosphere
  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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