Campus Living

Getting Here

Visit Ithaca provides various options on how to get to Ithaca. Please note nearby airports include Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse as alternatives to the Ithaca airport. Taxi information can be found on the Visit Ithaca site as well. For bus transportation check out Shortline and Cornell’s campus to campus bus. Additionally, Group Carpool will allow those of you driving to Ithaca or renting cars from the same airport to connect in order to save on transportation expenses. 


Students can stay in a residence hall on North Campus (High Rise 5). Room rates are $54 per night for "singles" (one person each bedroom) or $40 per person/per night for "doubles" (two persons each bedroom), plus a one-time administrative fee of $36 per person. Beds are made on arrival and linens and towels are provided, but there is no daily housekeeping service.  It is important to note that this is dorm housing and the rooms are not air conditioned  - those traveling by car may want to bring a fan. Room reservations must be confirmed by Friday, May 10, 2019. If you need to make any changes to your housing arrangements after submitting your application, please let us know by this date as well.

For more information about the dorms, see the North Campus High Rise 5 website

Housing check-in is no earlier than 4 p.m. on June 9, 2019, unless otherwise arranged (Sorry, no early arrivals permitted). Check out time is no later than 10 a.m. on June 14, 2019, 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 completing group work, almost all participants stay in the dorms.  If you opt not to stay in the dorms, Visit Ithaca and the Statler Hotel (Cornell University's hotel and only union housing accommodations in Ithaca, besides dorms conveniently located across ILR School) provide more options.

Transportation & Parking

Once here, there are many options for getting around campus. 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 so 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 or use the complementary hotel shuttle services, if available. For further information regarding on-campus bus transportation, visit Cornell's Parking & Transportation website

Parking is available at the dorm for $6/day via the Parkmobile app. The lot is CC Lot (North Campus), Zone 4104. More information about parking with Parkmobile can be found on the Parkmobile FAQ page. 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 Cornell's Short-Term Parking webpage.

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 class sessions begin. 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 evening sessions, either by group take-out orders accommodating all dietary needs, or by bringing their own meal.

There are many on-campus food options and information about nearby local eateries can be found at Adventures on the Gorge, Visit Ithaca, and Ithaca to Go


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. To help us be environmentally responsible, please bring your own water bottle which can be filled at water fountains available throughout the campus.


The ILR Conference Center building and all classrooms are handicap-accessible on all floors. Please let us know if there are any other accommodations you may need, including any dietary restrictions.