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Commencement Housing On Campus

Residence Hall Accommodations for Families and Guests Spring 2020

Degree candidates participating in Commencement may make reservations for up to two townhouses or two west campus suites, or ten (10) beds for family members or friends to stay in guest housing for Commencement weekend.

Accommodations are in Cornell's undergraduate residential buildings on North, South, and West campuses. Commencement Weekend dining hours can be found on the Cornell Dining website.

Please note: In light of the current situation, we are postponing Commencement Housing Room Selection until further notice. Please continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information regarding selection.

Accommodations

Accommodations are available in the following buildings (subject to change): 

Cornell's North Campus: 

All rooms are in climate-controlled buildings with the exception of Jameson Hall. Rooms in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls and Mews Hall/Loving House are clustered with shared bathrooms. Ecology House offers double rooms with private bathrooms. Jameson Hall offers four- to six-bed pods of rooms with en suite bathrooms. Townhouse Apartments have two double-occupancy rooms, a shared bathroom, living area, and kitchen. 

Cornell's South Campus:

Sheldon Court offers double and single rooms with shared bathrooms. Sheldon Court is not climate-controlled.

Cornell's West Campus: 

All west campus rooms are in climate-controlled buildings. Rooms are in suites with private bathrooms, or are corridor-style with shared bathrooms. 

Beds:
Because undergraduate residences are designed for single students, only twin-size beds are available. A single room has one twin bed, and a double room has two twin beds. 

Included:
Rooms are furnished with bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. Hair dryers are not provided. 

Bathrooms:
Many of the residence halls have common bathroom facilities. Some accommodations, such as the Townhouse Community or suites in the West Campus Houses, have bathrooms that are shared with other rooms within the townhouse or suite. Ecology House offers double rooms with private bathrooms. 

Air conditioning, air controlled:
Becker House, Ecology House, and the Townhouse Community offer air-conditioned accommodations. 

Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Mews Hall and Loving House, Cook House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House are air-controlled buildings, but do not have individual air vents in each room, nor thermostats. Of note, west campus rooms have ceiling fans to complement the building's fixed temperature setting. All air-controlled buildings have a temperature setting between 71 and 74 degrees. 

Jameson Hall and Sheldon Court are not air conditioned or air controlled. 

Disabilities:
Adaptive accommodations are available for those with disabilities. Please refer to the Disability Housing Requests section at the bottom of this page. 

Rates

Commencement guest housing offers three packages: 

North Campus Residence Halls, West Campus Houses: 
2020 rate: $220 (non-taxable) per person for three-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

South Campus Residence Hall:
2020 rate: $150 (non-taxable) per person for two-night stay (Friday-Saturday nights, May 22-23). No meals included.

Townhouse Community: 
2020 rate: $1,000 (non-taxable) per four-person townhouse for three nights (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

How to Make Reservations 

In light of the current situation, we are postponing Commencement Housing Room Selection until further notice. Please continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information regarding selection.

Payment

Payment:
If you are registered at Cornell for the spring 2020 semester, the charge for Commencement housing will go on your bursar account. If you are not currently registered during this time, you will be contacted for a credit card payment. No cash will be accepted. 

Cancellations and refunds:
Cancellations through Monday, April 6 will incur a $50 per bed cancellation fee. All cancellations must be in writing to the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at commencement_housing@cornell.edu. No refunds will be made after April 6, 2020.

Disability Housing Requests

Some residence hall space is adapted for people with disabilities. Because these facilities are very limited, we ask that anyone requesting accommodations for a guest who requires wheelchair accessibility do so by January 31, 2020 by emailing the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at commencement_housing@cornell.edu

Note: There are numerous options for accommodations in buildings with elevator access, except Ecology House and Townhouses.

Your disability housing request must include the following information: 

  • Name and gender of the guest and assistant (if needed). 
  • Description of the personal needs or limitations of the guest. 
  • Name, address, email address, telephone number of the guest. 
  • Name, address, email address, telephone number of the degree candidate. 
  • Total number of people in the group, to help us accommodate the rest of the group in close proximity. 

In order to best accommodate all requests, disability housing reservations are not confirmed until after the January 31 deadline. You will receive a reservation offer via email no later than February 15. 

After January 31, contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at 607-255-5582 or commencement_housing@cornell.edu to inquire about availability of disability housing.

Checking In

Check-in begins at 12:00pm on Friday, May 22, at the following service centers and house offices. Check-out is by 10:00am Sunday morning for guests staying in Sheldon Court and 10:00am Monday morning for all other guests/locations. 

Please keep in mind that the service center and house office hours listed below are subject to change. 

North Campus residence hall check-in 

Guests staying in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Mews Hall and Loving House, Jameson Hall, Ecology House, and the Townhouse Community should check in at the service center in Robert Purcell Community Center beginning at 12:00pm on May 22. 

The RPCC service center will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:  

Friday, May 22 – 12:00pm-2:00am 
Saturday, May 23 – 6:00am-2:00am 
Sunday, May 24 – 6:00am-8:00pm 
Monday, May 25 – 8:00am-noon 

RPCC service desk:  607-255-6214 

Outside of service center hours, you may contact your area's on-call staff person; contact information will be posted at the service center and at your building's main entrance. 

South Campus residence hall check-in

Guests staying in Sheldon Court should check in at the service center in Cascadilla Hall beginning at 12:00pm on May 22.

The Cascadilla Hall service center will be open for check-in - and guest assistance - during the following times:

Friday, Mary 22 - 12:00pm-2:00am
Saturday, May 23 - 6:00am-2:00am
Sunday, May 24 - 6:00am-12:00pm

Cascadilla service desk: 607-255-6216

Outside of service center hours, you may contact your area's on-call staff person; contact information will be posted at the service center and at your building's main entrance.

West Campus check-in 

Guests staying in Cook House, Becker House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House should check in at their building's House Office main desk beginning at 12:00pm on May 22. 

The House Offices will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:  

Friday, May 22 – 12:00pm-8:00pm (the Keeton House service desk will be open 4:00pm-2:00am) 
Saturday, May 23 – 7:30am-6:00pm (the Keeton House service desk will be open 6:00am-2:00am) 
Sunday, May 24 – 7:30am-6:00pm (the Keeton House service desk will be open 7:00am-8:00pm) 
Monday, May 25 – 8:00am-noon 

Becker House Office:  607-255-8495 
Bethe House Office:  607-255-7210 
Cook House Office:  607-255-9543 
Keeton House Office:  607-255-3195 
Rose House Office:  607-255-7752
 

Outside of service center hours, you may contact your building's on-call staff person; contact information will be posted at your building's main entrance. 

Guest Parking & Transportation 

Parking is free in the residence hall parking lots beginning at noon on Friday, May 22, through 9:00pm on Monday, May 25, on a space-available basis. Special parking permits are not needed for the weekend. However, you may not park in handicap spaces without an appropriate permit.  

Parking is available on Saturday and Sunday, but observe road closures and follow signs to available parking. 

There is free bus transportation from the parking lots to Schoellkopf Field and other locations on campus for college events. See parking and bus details on the Commencement website

If you need help locating places on campus, please look at the Cornell Maps & Directions page for assistance. 

Questions? 

Please refer to our Commencement Housing Q&As.

Or, please contact: 

Commencement Housing
Housing & Residential Life/Student & Campus Life
Email: commencement_housing@cornell.edu 
Phone: 607-255-5368 
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, EST