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Holland International Living Center (HILC)

Housing Location

Holland International Living Center

Holland International Living Center, Ithaca, NY 14850

Students from all over the world form a global community at the Jerome H. Holland International Living Center. One hundred sixty-eight students, international students as well as non-international students with a passion for cross-cultural exchange -- all with an interest in international issues -- share their cultures and traditions at HILC, and provide support and assistance to Cornell's international undergraduate students.HILC is a home away from home for its residents, offering friendship, support, and a respectful community. To accommodate the needs of international students, HILC is the only undergraduate residence hall that remains open during winter break for residents who need to stay on campus.

Political, economic, social, and cultural events and discussions are common at HILC, but students also take time to relax and have fun. With a student-run Council, there is always something fun and exciting to do at HILC.

Founded in 1970, HILC was renamed in 1985 in honor of distinguished alumnus Jerome H. Holland and his commitment to global understanding, respect for human rights, and the pursuit of education.

Explore the HILC community pages in CampusGroups.

Community features:

  • Open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students 
  • 168 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. 
  • Large community lounge with TV and ping pong table
  • 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

HILC rooms do not have air conditioning.

Faculty involvement:
HILC 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.

How to apply for residency:
Application instructions and links can be found at Application Process: New Undergraduate Students and Application Process: Current Undergraduate Students. You will be asked to answer brief essay questions for each community to which you apply.

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