http://www.visitithaca.com/travel-tips/getting-around provides various options on how to get to Ithaca.
Please note nearby airports include Elmira, Binghamton, Syracuse as alternatives to Ithaca airport. Taxi information can also be found on this site. For bus transportation check out, Shortline https://web.coachusa.com/info/shortline/ss.cornellcollegediscounts.asp and Cornell’s campus to campus bus: http://transportation.fs.cornell.edu/coach/. Additionally, Group Carpool will allow those of you driving to Ithaca or renting cars from the same airport to link up in order to save on transportation expenses. Please see the link provided https://www.groupcarpool.com/
Students can stay in a residence hall in North Campus (High Rise 5). Room rates are $52 per night for "singles" (one person each bedroom) or $38 per person/per night for "doubles" (two persons each bedroom) plus a one-time administrative fee of $32 per person. Beds are made on arrival and linens and towels are provided, but there is no daily housekeeping service. Please note this is dorm housing! It is important to note the dorms are not air conditioned so those traveling by car may want to bring a fan. Room reservations must be confirmed by May 19, 2017. If you have any changes to your housing arrangements indicated on your application, please let us know by this date as well.
More information about the North Campus High Rise 5 residence can be found here.
Housing check-in is no earlier than 2 pm on June 11, 2017 unless otherwise arranged (Sorry, no early arrivals permitted). Check out time is no later than 12 pm on June 16, 2017 unless otherwise arranged.
Students can make their own arrangements to stay outside the dorms, but it is worth noting that any other lodging you find will be much more expensive and in terms of socializing and doing group work almost all of the students stay in the dorms. If you opt not to stay in the dorms, here are some sites that might be useful:
http://statlerhotel.cornell.edu/ (Cornell University’ hotel and only Union housing accommodation in Ithaca besides dorms conveniently located across ILR School)
Transportation & Parking
From the dorms at North Campus to the classrooms of the ILR Conference Center you may walk (about 15 minutes), bike (5 minutes - please ask us about bike rentals!), or use the campus shuttle bus service (bus passes provided free to ALL students). Please note our picturesque Cornell campus is situated on a hillside and you will find yourself going up or down a hill or stairs quite a bit!
If you are housed off campus, we strongly encourage you to use the bus. Check out the city bus guide here http://tcatbus.com/content/uploads/2016/01/Winter2016Spring.pdf or use the complementary hotel shuttle services if available. For further information regarding on-campus bus transportation, visit https://ipp.cornell.edu/parking-and-transportation
Parking is available at the dorm for $6/day via the Parkmobile app. The lot is CC Lot (North Campus), Zone 4104. For information on parking with Parkmobile, please visit https://ipp.cornell.edu/content/parkmobile-faq. If you will need parking, but are unable to use the parkmobile app, please let us know.
On-campus parking (other than dorm resident parking) is severely limited, expensive, and discouraged. Further campus parking information can be found on: https://ipp.cornell.edu/content/short-term-parking-options.
There is disabled parking at both High Rise 5 and in the Conference Center Lot. Please note parking is the responsibility of the individual student.
Included in the registration fee is a picnic on Wednesday evening at Taughannock State Park on beautiful Cayuga Lake, and the graduation lunch on Friday afternoon. We will also be providing a continental breakfast at the conference center each morning before the program begins. We always include vegetarian and vegan options. Meals, including breakfast, are available at several on-campus dining facilities on a cash basis both near the dorms and near the conference center. We offer students discounted meal cards to use on and off campus. On Tuesday and Thursday night students will eat dinner during the session through group take-out orders that will accommodate all dietary needs, or by bringing their own meal.
Please check out this site for on-campus options: http://living.sas.cornell.edu/dine/wheretoeat/
For nearby local eats: http://gorgedining.com/ & http://www.visitithaca.com/dining/ & https://www.ithacatogo.com/
The climate in upstate New York in June can be quite variable, ranging from a rainy 40 degrees to a humid and hot 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, we suggest you bring clothing suitable for both, including a rain jacket, sweaters, shorts, and a swimming suit. Please help us save us protect natural resources and please bring a personal water bottle. There are water fountains throughout the campus.
The ILR classrooms are handicap-accessible. Please let us know about any other accommodations you may need including dietary.