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During summer 2022 the College will offer a limited number of on-campus housing spaces.  Tentative plans are to use Dows Hall.  All rooms are double occupancy. Other amenities include a community kitchen on first floor, a lounge area with a large screen TV, group study room, air-conditioning, vending, wi-fi, microwaves on each floor, laundry and an aerobics room.

Who can live in summer housing?

Though we anticipate being able to house all students who are interested in living on campus for the summer, priority will be given in the following order:

  • Current Cornell students who are enrolled in a summer block course
  • Current Cornell students who are working for or doing on-campus internships with the College and current Cornell students who are doing research with a Cornell faculty member
  • Current Cornell students who are doing internships not through the College
  • Other current Cornell students
  • Spring 2022 Cornell graduates who are doing research with a Cornell faculty member
  • Students from other institutions looking for summer housing in the area

Rates and options for length of summer housing

Students can choose between three options for lengths of summer stay:

  • A full summer (16 weeks) agreement at $1216.00 per person in a double room: Students here all summer will stay in their current housing assignment through the afternoon of Friday, May 13 and then will transition into their summer housing assignment; students are expected to be out of their academic year housing assignment by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 (learn more about residence hall closing). Full summer students will move to their 2022-2023 academic year room on or around the afternoon of Friday, July 29, and must be completely out of their summer housing assignment by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Residents who do not have a fall on-campus assignment will need to vacate summer housing at that time. The College reserves the right to amend these dates should the need arise.
  • A partial summer (8 weeks) agreement at $608.00 per person in a double room:   This option is intended for students participating in the Cornell Summer Research Institute (CSRI), but is available to all students. Housing will be from Monday, May 16 through Friday, July 8.  Students here for 8 weeks are expected to move out of their current academic year housing assignment by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 (learn more about residence hall closing). They may move into summer housing between 1:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, and will be expected to completely move out of their summer assignment by 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.  Students on this plan may request to add an additional week at the beginning of their contract to stay in campus housing during the week between the end of Block 8 and the start of CSRI.  The cost for the week will be $76.00.  This amount will be at the student's expense and must be paid prior to the summer housing payment deadline.
  • A variable (minimum 4 weeks) agreement at $76.00 per person per week in a double room: This option is intended for students participating in short-term courses, internships, jobs or other opportunities that don't align with the full or partial summer dates.  Students must stay and pay for housing for a minimum four-week period.  Dates selected for the variable option must also be consecutive.  Students may leave and then return to campus, but they will be expected to pay for their room while they are not here. Students here for variable contract lengths will have their move-in and move-out dates determined when they submit their contract. 

Summer residents should expect to check-in or check-out on the dates listed above.  If extenuating circumstances exist that the student believes would warrant an exception for earlier check-in or a later check-out, or if the student is participating in research that does not align with the dates above, then the student should discuss that with the Office of Residence Life prior to applying for summer housing.  Potential adjustments to dates are at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.  If adjusted dates are approved, the student's summer housing rate would be adjusted accordingly.

Students who do not move out within the appropriate timeframe will be assessed a $25.00 fine for failing to follow checkout procedures and an additional $25.00 fine for each hour they remain past the deadline.


Dows rooms are double occupancy and students can preference a roommate during the application process.  Students must live with a roommate on the same length of stay (for example, a student here the entire summer can only room with another student here all summer; a student here for 8 weeks can only room with another student here for 8 weeks). Students who select the variable option will room with someone on a similar length of stay.  Students in summer housing are eligible for all-gender housing (space permitting) (learn more about all-gender housing).

Application process

Students will need to complete a summer housing application (PDF). Applications will be available and start to be accepted from Monday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 20 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Residence Life Office (first floor, Old Sem). You may also scan the completed application, save it as a PDF, and email it to as an attachment.  Applications received by this deadline will receive priority in summer housing. After that date, any student requesting summer housing will be housed only if there is space available.

Billing process

Students will be expected to provide payment for summer housing in full by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25 unless they complete a Financial Agreement through Student Accounts to establish a payment plan by that date.  Students who sign-up for a variable date option and stay less than eight weeks are not eligible for a payment plan and must provide payment in full by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25. Variable date options of eight weeks or more are eligible for a payment plan and should be discussed with Residence Life when submitting the summer housing application.

The Financial Agreement for Summer Housing (PDF) can be downloaded here beginning on Monday, April 11; copies are also available in Old Sem in Residence Life and/or Division of Business and Enterprise Services.

Summer residents who elect to stay the entire summer and are approved to return early in the fall and/or whose early arrival housing costs will be covered by a department or organization will receive a partial room refund at the conclusion of the summer. Students with questions about that refund should contact our office.

Students with additional questions about summer billing should contact the Student Accounts office.

Meal plans

The last meal for students on the meal plan is breakfast on Thursday, May 5. Meal plans for returning students begin in the fall with the lunch service on Saturday, August 27. The Hilltop Café will remain open for limited hours through graduation weekend to accommodate graduating seniors and then close for the summer. It will reopen in mid-August to accommodate early arrivals. Summer residents' meal plans do not include graduation weekend or early arrival meals; however, summer residents may purchase a meal with a credit or debit card at the door whenever the dining hall is open.


If they haven't already done so, summer residents should contact the Mail & Service Center to ensure that their mail continues to be delivered to their campus box.

R.A.M. (Rapid Alert Messaging) emergency system

Cornell College has established the R.A.M. (Rapid Alert Messaging) Emergency System to assist in campus-wide notification in events of safety concern. Refer to the R.A.M. Emergency System website for more information and to register. All students are encouraged to register for this service. Any student who is already registered for this service will continue to receive alerts over the summer.


All residence life and College policies remain in effect for students in summer housing. Refer to the Policies for Residential Students for a complete listing of those expectations.


Students who find themselves locked out of their room should first try to contact their roommate. If their roommate is not available, then they can call Campus Safety to let them in (but will be charged for this service). All money collected for lock-outs is used to enhance residence hall programming initiatives.


All students with a vehicle staying on campus over the summer must have their vehicle registered with Campus Safety. Visit Campus Safety's website to learn more about summer parking.

Fitness Center

The fitness center in the Thomas Commons will not be available over the summer.