University Residence Halls
Accommodations for Families & Guests
Degree candidates participating in Commencement may make reservations for up to eight (8) family members or friends to stay in on-campus guest housing for Commencement weekend (Friday-Sunday nights, May 24-26, 2013).
Buildings: Accommodations will be available in the following buildings:
- North Campus: Akwe:kon, Anna Comstock Hall, Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Ecology House, Mews, Jameson Hall, High Rise 5, Holland Intl Living, JAMM, Low Rise 6. A limited number of units in the Townhouse Community may also be available.
- West Campus: Cook House, Becker House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House.
- Collegetown: Cascadilla and Sheldon Court.
Beds: Because undergraduate residences are designed for single students, only twin-size beds are available. A single room has one twin bed, and a double has two twin beds.
Furnishings: Rooms are furnished with bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels.
Bathrooms: Many of the residence halls have common bathroom facilities. Some accommodations, such as the Townhouse Community or suites in the West Campus Houses, have bathrooms that are only shared with other rooms in the townhouse or suite.
Air Conditioning, Air Controlled:
Ecology House, Becker House, and the Townhouses offer air conditioning.
Court/Kay/Bauer, Mews, Cook House, Bethe House, Keeton House and Rose House are air-controlled buildings, but do not have individual air vents in each room, nor thermostats. Of note, these rooms have ceiling fans to compliment the building's fixed temperature setting. All air-controlled buildings have a temperature setting between 71 & 74 degrees.
Cascadilla, Sheldon, Akwe:kon, Anna Comstock Hall, High Rise 5, Jameson Hall, Holland Intl Living, JAMM, and Low Rises are not air conditioned or air controlled.
Disabilities: Accomodations for those with disabilities are available. Some residence hall space is adapted for people with disabilities. Please refer to the Disability Housing Requests section.
Commencement guest housing is charged at a weekend 3-night package rate that includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The rate is the same for a l-, 2-, or 3-night stay, and includes a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
- Residence Halls:
$176 (non-taxable) per person for 3-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 24-26). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
- Townhouse Community:
$789 (non-taxable) per four-person townhouse for 3 nights (Friday-Sunday nights, May 24-26). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
How to Make Reservations
Only students may reserve guest housing for Commencement weekend.
Students may reserve accommodations for up to 8 family members.
Historically, everyone who participates in the lottery is able to reserve accommodations for their guests. The lottery merely determines the order in which students may select the buildings and rooms where their guests will stay.
Degree candidates living on or off campus may make reservations for commencement guest housing through the two-step housing lottery process below. (Degree candidates no longer living in the Ithaca area: please scroll down for specific instructions.)
Step 1: Enter the Commencement Housing Lottery (online)
When: Any time between 10:00am, February 1, 2013 and 12:00 noon, March 1, 2013.
Where: Sign up here!
Students may check here for their lottery information for Step 2.
Students (using their Cornell NetID) may enter the lottery any time during the time period above. This is not first-come first-served, so the timing of your entrance will not impact what sign-up time you receive for Step 2. Once you enter the lottery, you will receive an immediate electronic reply with your randomly selected sign-up time to make room reservations in person on Monday, March 11, 2013 (see Step 2, below).
Please print the email confirming your sign-up time and bring it with you when you make reservations.
Step 2: Reserve housing for your guests (in person)
When: Monday, March 11, 2013
Where: Robert Purcell Community Center, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Time: Refer to the confirmation for sign-up time* from Step 1
*Please arrive 15 minutes before the sign-up time you received when you entered the Commencement Housing Lottery (Step 1). You will be able to view the housing options still available to you, and at the start of your sign-up time you may make your reservations.
Note to Parents: Confirmation and reservation details are emailed to the student, so please ask your student to share those detailed emails with you.
Proxy forms are available online and at the Residential Services Office, 206 RPCC, if a student is unable to attend the sign-up time received for Step 2 of the process.
You may reserve housing, for any remaining spaces, starting Tuesday, March 12, from 9:00am-4:00pm at 206 Robert Purcell Community Center.
Degree candidates no longer living in the Ithaca area.
An on-campus housing reservation may be made by completing Step 1 of the lottery process to receive a timeslot and lottery number. The candidate may then return to the main page and complete the online reservation request for out-of-town students. The request must include the following information: number of spaces (beds) required, email and daytime telephone number. A reservation will be made for you according to your lottery number during the room reservation process on March 11. We will do our best to accommodate your request for location; however, please understand that some locations sell out quickly. You will be notified of your tentative reservation by March 12, via email. Your reservation will be confirmed by email upon payment.
Payment: If the degree candidate making the reservation will be registered at Cornell during the Spring 2013 semester, the charge for Commencement housing will go on the bursar account. If not currently registered during that time, credit card payment is required. No cash will be accepted.
Cancellations, Refunds: Cancellations through March 31 will incur a $50 cancellation fee.
All cancellations must be in writing to the Housing Office at email@example.com.
No refunds will be made after March 31, 2013.
Disability Housing Requests
Some residence hall space is adapted for people with disabilities. Because these facilities are very limited, we ask that anyone requesting accommodations for a guest who requires wheelchair accessibility do so by February 8 by emailing the Housing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There are numerous options for ground-floor accommodations as well as buildings with
elevator access. If you simply need a room where a guest will not have to negotiate steps, please
make that request when making the room reservations, in Step 2 of the process, above.
Your disability housing request must include the following information:
- Name and gender of the guest and assistant (if needed).
- Description of the personal needs or limitations of the guest.
- Name, address, email address, telephone number of the guest.
- Name, address, email address, telephone number of the degree candidate.
- Total number of people in the group, to hlep us house the rest of the group in close proximity.
In order to best accommodate all requests, disability housing reservations are not confirmed until after the February 8 deadline. You will receive a reservation confirmation via email no later than February 15.
After February 8, contact the Housing Office at 607-255-5368 or email@example.com to inquire about availability of disability housing.
Check-in begins at noon Friday, May 24, at the following service centers and house offices. Check-out is by 10:00am Monday morning, May 27.
Please keep in mind that the service center and house office hours listed below are subject to change.
Guests staying in North Campus residence halls
(Akwe:kon, Anna Comstock Hall, Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Ecology House, Mews, Jameson Hall, High Rise 5, Holland Intl Living, JAMM, Low Rise 6, Townhouse Community) should check in at the service center in Robert Purcell Community during service center hours:
Friday, May 24: Noon - 2:00am
Saturday, May 25: 6:00am-2:00am
Sunday, May 26: 6:00am - 8:00pm
Monday, May 27: 8:00am - Noon
Guests staying in West Campus Houses
(Cook House, Becker House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House (limited availability)) should check in at their building's house office main desk during the following hours:
Friday, May 24: Noon - 8:00pm*
Saturday, May 25: 7:30am - 6:00pm*
Sunday, May 26: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Monday, May 27: 8:00am - Noon
*After-hour check-ins: The Bethe House Office will be open noon to 2:00am on Friday, May 24, and 6:00am to 2:00am on Saturday, May 25, for West Campus guests.
Guests staying in Collegetown residence halls
(Cascadilla Hall, Sheldon Court) should check in at the service center in Cascadilla Hall during the following hours:
Friday, May 24: Noon - 10:00pm
Saturday, May 25: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday, May 26: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Monday, May 27: 8:00am - Noon
Parking is free in the residence hall parking lots beginning at noon on Friday, May 24, through 9:00pm on Monday, May 27, on a space-available basis. Special parking permits are not needed for the weekend. However, you may not park in handicap spaces without an appropriate permit. Helpful maps and directions can be found on the Maps page.
On Saturday, free bus service on campus will be available beginning 7:00am until 9:00pm. Buses will stop at all parking and bus stop locations noted on the campus map. Visit our Parking & Seating page for information.
On Sunday, Commencement day, free bus service will be available beginning 7:00am until 5:00pm. Buses will stop every 10-15 minutes at locations noted on the campus map.
If you need help locating places on campus, please look at the Maps & Directions for assistance.
Please review the FAQ page first.
Still have questions? Please contact:
Office of Residential and Event Services
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, EST