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Does anyone know much about graduate housing provided by Cornell? Sent my application off yesterday

It's a popular option for many grads. Probably Maplewood? It's fairly priced given its proximity to campus. After a year you'll probably be ready to find a nicer apartment somewhere away from the hill :-).

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Great! Thats what I went for. Living in communal housing/apartments seems much friendlier than the studios available so I went for that. Having had single accomodation in my first year at university I've found I much prefer communal kitchens etc (even if the pile of plates does mount up on occasion!).

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Hi!

I'm off visiting Cornell's Romance Studies dept. this weekend, and have largely made up my mind to go there. I had a great experience living off-campus (but within walking distance) during my M.A. at Dartmouth, living in a largish apartment with 2 other grad students, and always heard that grad housing was depressing and isolating, especially if you're surrounded by people not even remotely in your field. I'd love to repeat the experience - just sending out feelers at this point, but does anyone else think they might like the idea?

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I was an undergraduate at Cornell and am also from NYC. Ithaca is Gorges, if you're visiting for a day or two. If you're living there its another story altogether. To its credit Cornell is beautiful, one of the most beautiful campuses that I've ever seen, and the faculty that I knew there were some of the brightest people I've ever encountered, and I've studied at Harvard too, but the place is like a living hell. You begin to run out of places to go within the first two weeks and have to resort to excessive drinking and drugging like the undergraduates to get yourself through the weekend. Collegetown is a piece of shit, it's just two blocks with some lame ass bars and Collegetown Bagels, whose coffee tastes like someone ran through hot water through soil. The absurdly steep hills make it difficult to bike (or walk) to most places on campus (especially West campus). On the plus side there is a great supermarket there, Wegmans, but you need a car to get there unless you want to take a one hour bus ride. There's also a great restaurant called Maxie's on the outskirts of town that has super cajun food and local beers etc. If you're a granola munching nature lover, then you might enjoy Ithaca, at least when the nature is not covered in permafrost. As someone from NYC its really hard for me to imagine a place that I've liked less but hopefully, like me, you'll be too busy doing work to care about all this stuff anyway.

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Say all the bad things you want about Ithaca, but don't dis Collegetown Bagels. Ok, so I've never had their coffee, but why should that matter when their sandwiches are AMAZING. I spent a summer at Cornell and I ate lunch there pretty much every day. I'm living in a big city now, and there's no place quite like CTB here.

One of the things I liked about Ithaca is that it hasn't allowed itself to be completely dominated by Cornell, unlike some towns which are out in the middle of nowhere and essentially half college (I'm thinking of, say, Dartmouth). Of course, Ithaca does have a very tree-hugging/granola-munching vibe, so you have to be into that sort of thing at least a little bit.

And yeah, I'd say you need a car.

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My husband is in Ithaca right now, looking at different rental places along with Cornell's amazingly gorgeous campus. He says it's BEAUTIFUL, even in the winter! He even said that while it is currently 33 degrees with lots of snow on the ground, it is positively nice out, and that's saying alot, because he's in a jacket purchased here in the south where we both grew up!

Another reason to be excited about Ithaca--people are so nice (again saying alot, as we grew up in the polite capital of the world), there's mandatory recycling, and the whole idea of Ithaca Hours, the local currency, is just awesome. We're all about keeping the money local, due to the fact that we currently live in the artistic/music district of a major southern city, and we've seen corporate greed and gentrification slowly and steadily tear apart and deteriorate our community in recent years (although they claim they are "REVITALIZING" the area :evil: ). The unique vibe that we moved here for is disappearing before our eyes...soon to be cookie cutter urban chic. We're ready to be in a place that values the mom and pop shop, the indie scene, and academia in general. Ithaca is absolutely idyllic from our viewpoint. :lol: Whose with me?

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My husband is in Ithaca right now, looking at different rental places along with Cornell's amazingly gorgeous campus. He says it's BEAUTIFUL, even in the winter! He even said that while it is currently 33 degrees with lots of snow on the ground, it is positively nice out, and that's saying alot, because he's in a jacket purchased here in the south where we both grew up!

Another reason to be excited about Ithaca--people are so nice (again saying alot, as we grew up in the polite capital of the world), there's mandatory recycling, and the whole idea of Ithaca Hours, the local currency, is just awesome. We're all about keeping the money local, due to the fact that we currently live in the artistic/music district of a major southern city, and we've seen corporate greed and gentrification slowly and steadily tear apart and deteriorate our community in recent years (although they claim they are "REVITALIZING" the area :evil: ). The unique vibe that we moved here for is disappearing before our eyes...soon to be cookie cutter urban chic. We're ready to be in a place that values the mom and pop shop, the indie scene, and academia in general. Ithaca is absolutely idyllic from our viewpoint. :lol: Whose with me?

That sounds great! I am also all for supporting local business.

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How is the housing for graduate students? How are the studios to be more specific?

I'm not sure about the studios, we're looking at off-campus two-bedroom units. Those seem doable to those on the 5 year humanities fellowship--they run about $800-$850 a month. The website on housing for graduate students attending Cornell and living on-campus seems pretty informative, though. Have you checked there?

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Hello:

I'm visiting Cornell for a campus visit; can anyone offer advice on flying in? I know there's a regional airport there but it seems prohibitively expensive. Will it be cheaper to fly into, say, JFK, and bus upstate? I'm flying in from California (San Francisco) and the travel stipend is $375 so I'm really trying to stretch the dollar. I also would like to visit NYC if possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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You get $375? The department at Cornell who accepted me is only giving us $300...not fair.

I just sucked it up and bought the ticket to Ithaca, although I'm flying from the east coast and $300 still doesn't cover it. I have taken Greyhound from NYC to Ithaca - it's not fun, but doable.

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My husband flew into Syracuse--he paid about $330 for the ticket. We live in the south, too, so it was a good deal! Hotwire is the site to use--we found it through cheaptickets.com. They don't give you the specific times until you have paid, but it's same day travel. The drive from Syracuse was about an hour. Oh, and we bought the ticket 3 days before he was scheduled to leave. Hope that helps! :)

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How do you get the car to drive from Syracuse to Ithaca? I'm not sure how old you are, but for us under-25ers flying to Syracuse and renting a car would be basically as expensive as flying straight to Ithaca (although I suppose I could have just rented a car and driven the 4-5 hours from here...oh well).

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Hello:

I'm visiting Cornell for a campus visit; can anyone offer advice on flying in? I know there's a regional airport there but it seems prohibitively expensive. Will it be cheaper to fly into, say, JFK, and bus upstate? I'm flying in from California (San Francisco) and the travel stipend is $375 so I'm really trying to stretch the dollar. I also would like to visit NYC if possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I am also visiting Cornell at the end of the month. Do you mind if I ask you how much it costs to fly from California to Ithaca?

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How is the housing for graduate students? How are the studios to be more specific?

The one I visited (Maplewood) is the ugliest grad student housing I have seen in my entire life. In general, it seems that living oncampus is not convenient. My understanding is that a nice studio downtown would be around 700$ a month...

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I just visited last weekend. Splitting a house is the best option-- my host had a three-bedroom, giant, beautiful, hardwood floored house and the whole rent (total, for 3 people) was around $1200 (so 400/person). There are also one-bedroom apts for around 600...

I think what I'm going to do is to try to join an apt or to take over the lease for a faculty member who may be on leave or something. And then make friends my first year and find a real house to be in for the next 5 yrs.

unless there are people who are looking for a roommate now??! I would love to split a 2 or 3 bedroom place with someone...

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okay i generally think that meeting people online is umm.. creepy?, but id be down for splitting a house between a few new grads and i guess this is the same as hanging a flyer up.... what program are you all in?

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hey!

when i visited my friend told me to be wary about getting a place w/o seeing it first, bc there can be some crappy places-- mice, hot water problems, bad heating, etc. Things that you may not be able to see from photos... my friend has a GORGEOUS house (a real house!) but she said she looked at some 20 places first.

I think i may just try to live in a 1 bedroom place and then move second semester or the next year...

bc I'm iffy about going to look for a place...

hmmmm

J

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yea that's a good thought..

im planning on heading up to look for a place in two or three weeks... ill probably post here and craigslist once i find a place or two that is respectable since i think id rather split a place with a few people...

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I have been looking on craigslist for a while but the housing situation seems a bit slow in Ithaca... :(

It'll start to pick up soon. There are a few management agencies whose properties I'd avoid, best to check with someone in town and see if people have heard anything. If you know any current grad students in your program at Cornell/IC you might ask if they know of someone moving out of town.

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