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On 1/29/2018 at 3:32 PM, Excelsior! said:

Hello guys! I have an offer from Cornell and I wanted to know more about life in Ithaca. Is it expensive? I have heard that it is a small town so it can get boring. Is that true?

Ithaca is less boring than you'd think, although it's by no means a big city. There is always something happening on the Commons.

Housing in Collegetown (mostly undergrads) can be expensive but otherwise the price of living is a lot less than living in a large city. 

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On 2/17/2015 at 12:59 PM, WalterSobchak said:

I lived in Ithaca from fall 2003 - spring 2008 (undergrad at Cornell). I loved it. 

 

 

Wegmans >>>>>>

WEGMANS <3 

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21 hours ago, madamoiselle said:

I just got an offer from Cornell for an outstanding program, and am looking for graduate housing suggestions if anybody has any! :)

Congrats! Downtown and Fall Creek are where most grad students live. Starting rent for a studio is $1100. Roommates can get your housing costs down to $600 roughly. Avoid Collegetown at all costs because its mostly undergrads with a heavy frat culture. There is also the option of graduate housing on North campus, which will save you a bit of money but is not located near a bus stop with a bus that runs as frequently as Downtown or Fall Creek. For property companies I recommend Travis Hyde Properties.

You can always message me if you have more specific questions about grad student living in Ithaca. 

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@Assotto Thank you so much! That's interesting that the bus doesn't run as frequently to graduate housing haha. Is there one that seems to be preferred over the other? I'll also give Travis Hyde a gander. :)

 

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Wanted to ask again, how necessary a car is in Ithaca. Talking with grad students, it seemed as if there were several who didn't have a car, or didn't use it to get to the university on a daily basis. 

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Looks like they tore down the old maple wood and are in the process of building a brand new community. After making 9 calls to the leasing office, I decided that they offer better housing options than the listings on Craigslist for an international student like myself. The reasons include: late lease starting date (8/20), utilities included in the rent, close to bus stops to campus and Wegman's, grad student and staff only community, and a roommate pairing system called RoomSync where you can find a roommate if you want to co-rent but don't know anyone. They are also pet-friendly and provide parking for a relatively low cost. I talked to a friend already attending my program and she agrees that's a good deal. 

If anyone is interested, here are the links:

http://www.livemaplewoodapartments.com/

https://maplewoodithaca.com/

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On 3/11/2018 at 4:18 PM, hurryskurry said:

Wanted to ask again, how necessary a car is in Ithaca. Talking with grad students, it seemed as if there were several who didn't have a car, or didn't use it to get to the university on a daily basis. 

Talked to some graduate students at my visit today and the one who does have a car mainly uses it when traveling out of town to visit his partner. Other than that, the others prefer to bike or walk. They did say a car is useful for groceries, but Uber does exist in Ithaca now. Ridesharing (Ithaca's version of zipcar - don't remember the name) is also an option.

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40 minutes ago, collegesista said:

Talked to some graduate students at my visit today and the one who does have a car mainly uses it when traveling out of town to visit his partner. Other than that, the others prefer to bike or walk. They did say a car is useful for groceries, but Uber does exist in Ithaca now. Ridesharing (Ithaca's version of zipcar - don't remember the name) is also an option.

Thanks for the info. How about traveling to New York City, or Boston from Ithaca? Any public transportation?

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7 hours ago, Informat said:

Thanks for the info. How about traveling to New York City, or Boston from Ithaca? Any public transportation?

Yes, Cornell has a bus from Ithaca to NYC campus and there are other companies with buses and shuttles to those areas.

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On 3/11/2018 at 4:18 PM, hurryskurry said:

Wanted to ask again, how necessary a car is in Ithaca. Talking with grad students, it seemed as if there were several who didn't have a car, or didn't use it to get to the university on a daily basis. 

So, I grew up near here, and lived in Ithaca for fun for a while.  You don't NEED a car.  The TCAT is the bus transportation service (you can see their schedules on their website).  It runs a ton to Cornell campus.  BUT!  It's not like a large city where you can have groceries delivered, and you'll have to deal with bus schedules to get groceries.

 

So, in short, you don't NEED a car.  But it is actually helpful here.   Check out the TCAT.

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Hi everyone! I just accepted a PhD offer, and was wondering if anyone knew of good, quiet places for grad students to live? I do have a car, but don’t know if I’ll be bringing it. My stipend is $26,426 for the year, with an added $5,568 for summer support. A studio or 1-bedroom apartment would be ideal! When I visited campus, current students in my program suggested using Craigslist..does anyone know if this is a good option?

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On 3/29/2018 at 9:59 AM, Saltshaker said:

Hi everyone! I just accepted a PhD offer, and was wondering if anyone knew of good, quiet places for grad students to live? I do have a car, but don’t know if I’ll be bringing it. My stipend is $26,426 for the year, with an added $5,568 for summer support. A studio or 1-bedroom apartment would be ideal! When I visited campus, current students in my program suggested using Craigslist..does anyone know if this is a good option?

I'm also an incoming Cornell student who was looking for housing! People in my program also recommended Craigslist. I've found a place, but I was looking and it looks like there are still places being advertised. I was advised by literally every single person I asked to stay away from Collegetown, if that helps you any!

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7 hours ago, medievalbotanist said:

I'm also an incoming Cornell student who was looking for housing! People in my program also recommended Craigslist. I've found a place, but I was looking and it looks like there are still places being advertised. I was advised by literally every single person I asked to stay away from Collegetown, if that helps you any!

I actually just secured a place in Fall Creek via Craigslist! Yeah, most people told me to stay away from Collegetown, too, because of the frat parties. 

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