Dining & Housing

Ah, the twin cravings of life: the comforts of home and the stimulation of new experiences. We strive to help you strike the right balance—no matter your culture, your food preferences, or your best study environment. We have what you need to nourish the mind and the body.

lots of students sitting at tables in the big red barn, cornell's graduate student center
Graduate students gather in the Big Red Barn to eat and relax. The Big Red Barn hosts more than two hundred events per year, including T.G.I.F. (Tell Grads It's Friday), International Conversation Hour, Trivia Night, Speed Dating and more.

Your Hearth

We see dining as so much more than just putting food in front of students.

Vegetarian or Vegan? Locavore or farm-to-table gourmand? Need the flexibility to eat kosher, halal, gluten-free, or avoid specific allergens? We've got more than 30 dining facilities that include a la carte and all-you-care-to-eat, all across campus. You can keep it homey with House Dinners on West Campus or chat up Faculty Fellows as a first-year on North Campus.

Keep kosher or just enjoy a variety of ethnic and international options at 104West!, Cornell’s kosher dining room. Or you can take your taste buds for a special treat during one of our dining events, such as our Diwali dinner, or our annual sustainable food celebration, the Harvest Dinner.

When you’re on the go, you can see what’s open right now, near you, with the Cornell Dining Now mobile web app.

three women laugh while wearing bibs at a dining hall table - they have lobster and corn on their plates
Highly regarded for its commitment to diverse, healthy and sustainable cuisine, Cornell Dining creates culinary experiences rarely found on a college campus.

Your Home

Every housing option provides an opportunity for a strong and connected community.

First-year undergraduates live with their classmates on North Campus. The Tatkon Center for First Year Students serves as the hub of activity, Faculty Fellows seem to be around every corner, and residence hall advisors are never far away.

As an upper-level student, you can hone in on the communities you've found and thrive in most. Move to West Campus, a fraternity or sorority, or a co-op. You can even stay on North Campus in a themed residence hall, or venture off-campus to the apartments and rental homes in Collegetown or the greater Ithaca area.

A graduate or professional student? We have family-friendly apartments, shared apartments, and cooperative housing options to help you strike the right balance between campus and home.