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Residence Halls

Residence Halls for First-Year Undergraduate Students

Cornell's residence halls are vibrant and diverse communities where our students live, learn, and pursue their passions. Each one is a center of activity, study, socialization, cultural exploration, and fun.

A network of staff members, upperlevel student RAs, and professors provide a built-in support system through the residence hall living-learning experience. Interaction with faculty members is nurtured through the Faculty-in-Residence and Faculty Fellows programs, among other opportunities for engagement.

Our residence halls are coed, except for Balch Hall, which is for first-year women only. All have single and double rooms; some also have triples and quads.Our housing options vary in physical location and environmental design. Please note that not every building has elevator access, air conditioning, wheelchair accessible rooms, and/or private bathrooms. Please see individual housing pages for more information, or contact the Housing & Residential Life Office at or 607-255-5368.

All first-year residences are grouped together on north campus, along with eight residential Program Houses, the Carol Tatkon Center for first-year students, two active community centers, three dining rooms, two cafes, a convenience store and grill, two athletic facilities, basketball and tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court.

Unless you're applying to live in a program house, the decision about which residence hall you'll be in is determined by a random auto-allocation process, based on your preferences. The timing of your application does not influence the selection process; the auto-allocation is conducted based on all the applications received by the May 10, 2020 deadline.