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Just About Music (JAM)

Housing Location

Exterior of Just About Music (JAM) residence

Just About Music, Ithaca, NY 14850

Of the 166 students living in JAM, only a handful are music majors, but all share a passion or appreciation for music - whether they avidly listen to music or actively sing or play an instrument in a band.The house has a concert stage with lighting and sound, a well-equipped recording studio, 24-hour piano room/practice room, and practice instruments (guitar, piano, drums, etc.). Every third Sunday of the month JAM hosts an Open Mic that enables writers, musicians, singer-songwriters, and dancers to perform for the Cornell community. JAMmies (JAM Residents) and other students are welcome to participate and showcase their talents. On the quieter side, there are weekly student-organized Listening Parties, socials, painting events, craft nights and more! JAMmies have the power to and are encouraged to be active within the community to create an atmosphere that is home for them.

There are also many opportunities to perform with campus groups such as the Glee Club, Cornell Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, the Big Red Marching Band, and other musical groups throughout the Ithaca community.JAM's practice rooms and recording studio follow regular quiet hours to ensure that residents have an environment conducive to studying and other pursuits.

Explore the JAM community pages in CampusGroups.

Community features:

  • Open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students 
  • 166 residents 
  • Located on North Campus, near Robert Purcell Community Center and Appel Commons 
  • All student rooms are within clusters. Each cluster of rooms includes one double, one triple, two singles and a shared bathroom. Clusters are single gender; floors are mixed gender.

  • Several clusters make up a “unit.”  Each unit has a study room, social lounge and kitchen.

  • TV/social lounges, a computer room, study lounge, and a library, plus a concert stage, recording studio, and practice rooms 
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and floor carpeting 
  • Wireless Internet access

JAM rooms do not have air conditioning.

How to apply for residency: Rising junior and rising senior students may select to live in a program house as part of the fall Housing Selection process while rising sophomores can select during their General Room Selection process in the spring. New students can indicate their preference to live in a program house on their New Student Housing Application.

*Please note in some years when housing space is limited and there are available spaces in the Just About Music (JAM) residence hall, some students who did not preference housing in JAM may be placed there. While the JAM community is intended for all students who share in a passion or appreciation for music, all students of all identities and interests are welcome. Regardless of their housing preference, all students residing in JAM will have the opportunity to connect with each other, build community, and grow. Finally, given the theme of JAM, all residents are expected to be thoughtful of the intention of the space and engage with every student in a respectful and open-minded manner. 

Faculty Involvement: 
JAM has several Faculty and Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in your building, dining with students, and leading on and off campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts, and regional points of interest. 

Mail and packages:
Visit the Service Center website for student mail and package information.

Dining options:
Learn about Cornell Dining's meal plans.

For more information about JAM, email or call (607) 255-4645.