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Housing Needs due to Chronic Health, Medical, or Disability Conditions

Cornell has a variety of housing options that vary in their physical location and environmental design (i.e., room types, elevator access, air conditioning, wheelchair accessible rooms, private vs. shared bathrooms, etc.). Cornell is committed to ensuring that residents with chronic health and/or disability conditions are able to live in residential communities that meet their access needs.

If you require accessible housing for a disability/chronic health related reason, you must register with Student Disability Services (SDS). If approved by SDS as being eligible for housing placement based on disability/medical needs, the Housing & Residential Life office will work with SDS to offer you a room that meets your needs.

Please note: seasonal allergies are not considered a disability.

Continuing and returning students who are requesting accessible housing should submit documentation as soon as possible. In order to ensure you are assigned to housing that is accessible to you, we recommend initiating the registration process with SDS as soon as possible to allow adequate time for SDS to review your request and determine if you are eligible for disability housing accommodations/placement.

For information on how to apply and what documentation to submit, please visit Questions? Contact SDS (phone 607-254-4545, email, or visit