Campus Living

Cornell's Libe Slope from the bottom of the hill

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 (Donlon Hall). Room rates are $65 per night for "singles" (one person each bedroom) or $53 per person/per night for "doubles" (two persons each bedroom), plus a one-time administrative fee of $38 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 Wednesday, May 20, 2020. If you need to make any changes to your housing arrangements after submitting your application, please let us know by this date as well.

Housing check-in is no earlier than 2 p.m. on June 14, 2020, unless otherwise arranged (sorry, no early arrivals permitted). Check out time is no later than 10 a.m. on June 19, 2020, 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 - Cornell offers 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 stay 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 near the dorm, in A Lot, for $6.56/day.  Accepted applicants will receive a link that allows permits to be purchased in advance.  These permits should be printed and brought with you.

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 Donlon Hall and in the Conference Center Lot.

Please note that parking is the responsibility of the individual student.


We provide a continental breakfast each morning at the Conference Center, as well as dinner each evening. The covered meals include a picnic on Wednesday evening at Taughannock State Park on beautiful Cayuga Lake, and a graduation lunch on Friday afternoon. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at each meal. Lunch on Monday through Thursday is on your own at Central Campus dining facilities, for which we offer discounted meal cards. There are several on-campus dining facilities both near the dorms and the Conference Center that offer meals, including breakfast, on a cash basis. In addtion, there are many other on-campus food options and information about nearby local eateries can be found at 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, and shorts. To help us be environmentally responsible, please bring your own water bottle, which you can fill 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.