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What's Included in Your Housing Contract

This information is relevant to all residence halls, Program Houses, West Campus Houses, and graduate/professional student communities. Amenities in Cornell's cooperative residences may vary by community. Please contact the co-ops directly for more information about the amenities offered in each house.

Air Conditioning 

Undergraduate residences: As a general rule, student rooms in the undergraduate residences are not air-conditioned. However, some residents who require adaptive housing for health issues or allergies are provided with air-conditioned rooms. 
Graduate / professional student residences: Hasbrouck residents may purchase window air-conditioning units that meet university guidelines, but there is a fee to cover installation and removal, plus additional utility consumption. Please visit your Service Center for more information. Air conditioning is not available in Thurston Court. 

Electrical Usage 

PLEASE NOTE that hand-held hair dryers often exceed the power limit in bedrooms and should be used in bathrooms only. In the older buildings on campus, using multiple appliances at once in your room (particularly if you have a mini-refrigerator or micro-fridge) may result in your room's electrical circuit tripping. 


Undergraduate Communities: 

Student rooms have an extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair, desk lamp, bureau or wardrobe, and wastebasket for each occupant. The windows have drapes, shades, or blinds. Buildings have shared kitchens containing a refrigerator, stove, and microwave. 
Each Townhouse apartment has its own kitchen with a refrigerator and stove (no microwave), and a dining/living room with a table and chairs, loveseat, two cushioned chairs, coffee table, end tables, and lamps. The suites in the newer West Campus House System buildings each have a sitting room with a sofa, chair, end tables, and coffee table. Most rooms across campus are fully carpeted. 

Graduate / Professional Student Communities:

Graduate units are rented furnished, except for a limited number of units in Hasbrouck, which can be rented unfurnished. 

Single-student housing units:

Bedroom furnishings in Hasbrouck and Thurston Court include an extra-long single bed, nightstand, desk with a chair and a lamp, chest of drawers, bookshelf, waste basket, and draperies or window shades. Apartment living rooms typically have a two-seat sofa, end table, coffee table, and one or two chairs. 

Hasbrouck family / partner units:

Furnishings at Hasbrouck vary slightly between the one- and two-bedroom apartments and the studio apartments. In a typical two-bedroom unit, the living room has a two-seat sofa, two side chairs, a coffee table, end table, TV table, and lamp. The dining area has a table with four chairs, and the kitchen has a refrigerator and stove (no microwave). The large bedroom has a queen-size bed, five-drawer dresser, nightstand, and lamp. The small bedroom has a single bed (an additional single bed can be "bunked" above it, to accommodate two children), a three-drawer dresser, nightstand, desk with a chair, bookshelf, and lamp. The one-bedroom apartment has a queen-size bed, five-drawer dresser, nightstand, and lamp. The studio apartment is furnished with a refrigerator and stove in the kitchen area, and in the living quarters a futon/convertible sofa, two end tables, coffee table, TV table, lamp, three-drawer dresser, and a dining table with two chair.

Internet Service  

Cornell's wireless Internet service is available in all rooms and apartments with the exception of Ecology House student rooms. Please refer to the IT@Cornell Wi-Fi webpage for assistance in connecting to Cornell's secure wireless (Wi-Fi) network. Ecology House residents without wireless access in student rooms may connect to Cornell's wired network through a wired data jack (one per occupant per student room or apartment). The service includes activation of the network jack, cable, software, and phone support. You must supply a computer with Internet capabilities and Ethernet hardware. 
All other residence halls will not have access to Cornell's wired network. Residence halls are Wi-Fi communities. Wi-Fi is available in most University residences. Students should connect to eduroam or RedRover network.

If you are experiencing connectivity issues with wireless service, please visit the IT support webpage for assistance. You are also able to visit to fill in the signal strength field at the bottom of the page. This will help IT to identify Wi-Fi strength in your room/area.

The first 250 Gigabytes (GB) per month of Internet use is included in your room fee. Internet use beyond 250 GB per month incurs a network usage-based billing (NUBB) fee. Please visit the IT@Cornell NUBB webpage for more information.

Phone Service

Undergraduate communities

Common-area phones are available in all residential buildings for emergency, campus, local, and toll-free calls (long-distance calls may be made on common phones with the use of a phone card or Cornell PIN number.) You may also have a phone jack activated in your room for a fee if you want to bring a landline phone with you. To inquire about phone jack activation, fees, and billing, visit Cornell Information Technologies. 

Graduate/professional student communities

For residents of Hasbrouck, local telephone service is included in the housing rate. Residents of Thurston Court must request telephone service from Cornell Information Technologies, and are charged activation and deactivation fees, plus a monthly charge for local service. All students are billed monthly on their university bursar accounts for long-distance service and toll calls. Other long-distance or international phone services may be obtained by using telephone cards.

*SmartPhone phones and services are available for purchase at The Cornell Store

Television Service  

All community TV lounges have wide-screen TVs with either cable or satellite television service. Residents of the Townhouse Community and Hasbrouck can subscribe to Spectrum Cable TV in their own apartments. Other residents should use an online option available to them to view their favorite programs using their computer. Please be aware that Internet use beyond 200 GB per month incurs a network usage-based billing (NUBB) fee.