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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I understand, people will start signing leases in the fall of their sophomore year in order to get a place for their junior year. You need to make friends early and be ready to jump into things. Things can get expensive and overwhelming.

Many people will choose to live in a house associated with their fraternity or sorority if they take part in Greek Life.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the options were fairly expensive, but my friends and I found a place we loved and stayed there for the two years we lived off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to get sometimes but nice, reasonably priced places.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is generally expensive. Collegetown apartments are on the higher end in terms of cost, but they are in the heart of the social scene. There are also apartments in the surrounding neighborhoods, which are cheaper but farther away from most places.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing can be really great, but it is pretty expensive.

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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 124 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 119 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 76% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 123 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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