Housing and Transport


Once summer scholars are accepted to the institute, we will ask them to tell us their housing preferences. We have multiple options that can accommodate different personal and family needs.

  • Townhouses: One option is for summer scholar to live in the townhouse dorm community on North Campus, which features shared apartment-style set ups with a kitchen, a common space, and a bathroom. The townhouses are a short and easy walk from our daily meeting room, but much farther from downtown. More information can be found here: https://living.sas.cornell.edu/live/wheretolive/residencehalls/Townhouse... 
  • Rented Houses: Another option is for summer scholars to stay in groups in rented houses in downtown Ithaca. The walk from downtown to campus, where our daily sessions will be, is about 30 minutes uphill. There is a bus that runs to campus every 10 minutes on weekdays.

We will put summer scholars in contact with each other so they can coordinate housing together, but it is up to them to find houses to stay in. Some options for finding rentals in Ithaca are Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com), Sabbatical Homes (https://www.sabbaticalhomes.com) and VRBO (http://www.vrbo.com).

Ithaca Commons


Ithaca is located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. It can be reached by plane, bus, or car.

  • Plane: The nearest airport is Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (http://flyithaca.com). Direct flights are available from New York, Philadelphia, and Detroit. Other nearby airports include Binghamton, Elmira, and Syracuse, but are a longer drive from Ithaca.
  • Bus: Multiple bus companies offer regular service to Ithaca:

    Cornell Campus-to-Campus Executive Coach Service (http://transportation.fs.cornell.edu/coach/)

    Greyhound (https://www.greyhound.com)

    Coach USA/Shortline (http://www.coachusa.com/shortline/)

    Big Red Bullet (http://bigredbullet.com)

  • Car: Ithaca is about a 5 hour drive from NYC or Boston.

Maps of the Cornell campus and surrounding area can be found here: https://www.cornell.edu/about/maps/