Cornell is a residential college where students enjoy the values and benefits of community living. Students are required to live on campus in one of the traditional residence halls or in suite-style living unless they live with their parents in the Mount Vernon area; have completed eight semesters in residence; are married; have children; or are more than 24 years old. Permission for these exceptions must be obtained through the Director of Residence Life.
The various college residence halls, houses, and suites differ in size, architecture, style, and atmosphere. Some are coed and some are single-sex buildings. All are located within easy walking distance of the classroom buildings, the Library, The Commons, and the Small Multi-Sport Center. Although the oldest residence hall was built in 1885, Cornell’s older residence halls have been renovated. Each student room is wired for internet and cable television and every lobby or lounge has wireless access. A few single rooms are available and are assigned according to seniority. First-year students live together on first-year floors.
Social and educational activities in each building are coordinated by Hall Councils, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and the Resident Assistant (RA) staff. Student RAs live on each floor to help with building management and to offer assistance and direction to residents. The Director and three live-in Assistant Directors of Residence Life administer and provide leadership for the residence life program.