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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A large portion of upperclassmen live in off-campus apartments. I have heard they are, for the most part, pretty nice and that there are many options: collegetown, more west, or north.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing doesn't really apply to me, since I don't intend on living off-campus, but I've spoken previously about how difficult the process is, so I'll keep my opinion limited to what I've stated previously.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Houses are old and need repair.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman with guaranteed housing, it's hard for me to have any perspective on this. The way it works is that all freshmen are guaranteed a dorm room on North Campus, and all sophomore are guaranteed housing on West Campus given that they follow certain procedures. Juniors and seniors are left to the housing lottery if they want to live on campus. Most juniors and seniors end up living in apartments in the nearby Collegetown, but I don't know how easy it is to find an apartment or what the prices are, etc. There are also co-ops, which are houses full of perhaps a dozen students that live together, but it can be somewhat tough to get into one because space is very limited.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is very expensive (unless you want to live in squalor). It's also something nearly 100 percent of students will need to experience, as housing on-campus is only guaranteed first 2 years.


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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 89 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 88 responses

  • 12% 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.
  • 1% 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 89 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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