Welcome to Cornell's living and learning communities – places where scholars live, learn, and grow together. Our friendly and supportive residences are home to Cornellians from all over the world, and from every walk of life. Each community offers support and convenience, plus plenty of opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with peers and faculty members.
All Ithaca campus first- and second-year full-time students are required to live on campus through the spring semester of their second academic year of enrollment, beginning with first-year and transfer students arriving in fall 2021. Students transferring to Cornell who had two years of an on-campus residential experience at their previous institution, or who are matriculating as a junior or senior, will not be subject to the residency requirement.
Why live on campus?
- Safe, friendly communities, with a built-in network of peers
- Close to academic buildings, Cornell Dining's 29 world-class eateries, and all that campus has to offer
- Full-time professional staff support, and plenty of opportunities for interaction with faculty members
- Regular social and educational programs, activities, and events
- Hassle-free Bursar billing, with heat, electricity, garbage pickup, and Internet service included (learn more)
Learn more about communities for:
- First-year undergraduate students
- Transfer undergraduate students
- Upperlevel undergraduate students; see application instructions and the timeline in the Guide to 2021-2022 Housing for Upperlevel Students and the Guide to General Room Selection for 2021 - 2022
- Graduate & professional students (and their partners/families)
- Visiting faculty and Cornell affiliates
- Residents with disabilities
- Students interested in sober housing
Short-term housing options:
Off-campus housing resources:
Those who want to live off campus can choose among fraternities and sororities, or rental apartments or houses near campus. The Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living provides information and referral services such as rental listings and a New York State Tenants Right Guide with the goal of helping students and staff make informed housing decisions.