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New Undergraduate On Campus Housing

First-Year Undergraduates

As a first-year student, you'll be part of a community of more than 3,000 new Cornellians living in residence halls and Program Houses on north campus.

First-Year Residence Halls:  Cornell's first-year residence halls are friendly and supportive communities where residents live, learn, socialize, and study together. All are coed with the exception of Balch Hall, which is open to first-year women only. 

  • Balch Hall
  • Clara Dickson Hall
  • Court-Kay-Bauer Hall
  • High Rise #5
  • Jameson Hall
  • Low Rise #6 
  • Low Rise #7 
  • Mary Donlon Hall 
  • Mews Hall
  • Townhouse Community

Program Houses:  Program Houses are themed residence halls celebrating a special interest or cultural background. These communities are open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel men and women. 

  • Akwe:kon 
  • Ecology House 
  • Holland International Living Center (HILC) 
  • Just About Music (JAM) 
  • Latino Living Center (LLC) 
  • Loving House 
  • Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU) 
  • Risley Residential College 
  • Ujamaa Residential College 

Both options offer live-in staff support, opportunities for faculty interaction, cultural and educational programming, and social activities. 

As a part of your new north campus neighborhood, you'll also find 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. And all within a short walk to academic buildings on central campus!

On-campus housing is GUARANTEED for all incoming first-year students.

Transfer Undergraduate Students

As an incoming transfer student, you are in a unique position at Cornell: you benefit from the same orientation programs as incoming first-year students, while your age and experience are more similar to those of Cornell's upperlevel students. 

To help your transition into Cornell's upperlevel community, most transfer students are placed in West Campus Houses or in residence halls for upperlevel students. Whenever possible, transfer student rooms are grouped together to facilitate friendships with other new students. 

South Campus 

  • Cascadilla Hall 
  • 112 Edgemoor 
  • Schuyler House 
  • Sheldon Court

West Campus

  • Alice Cook House 
  • Carl Becker House 
  • Flora Rose House 
  • Hans Bethe House 
  • William Keeton House

Other transfer students choose to live in Program Houses (themed residence halls) for first-year and upperlevel students, or in cooperative houses (co-ops), home to upperlevel students only. 

Program Houses 

  • Akwe:kon 
  • Ecology House 
  • Equity & Engagement Living-Learning Community (EEC) 
  • Holland International Living Center (HILC) 
  • Just About Music (JAM) 
  • Language House 
  • Latino Living Center (LLC) 
  • Loving House 
  • Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU) 
  • Risley Residential College
  • Ujamaa Residential College 

Co-op Housing 

  • Prospect of Whitby 
  • 660 Stewart 
  • Triphammer Cooperative 
  • Von Cramm Hall 
  • Wait Avenue Cooperative 
  • Wait Terrace 
  • Watermargin 

Cornell's West Campus Houses, residence halls, and Program Houses all offer live-in staff support, opportunities for faculty interaction, and cultural and educational programming. Co-ops are led and governed by their student residents, offering a more independent living environment. For incoming Transfer Students, every effort will be made to accommodate applicants for on-campus housing on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.  

Note: In limited situations, transfer students who qualify as first-year students are placed in first-year residences. 

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