Dining & Housing

Ah, the twin cravings of life: the comforts of home and the stimulation of new experiences. We strive to help you strike the right balance—no matter your culture, your food preferences, or your best study environment. We have what you need to nourish the mind and the body.

lots of students sitting at tables in the big red barn, cornell's graduate student center
Graduate students gather in the Big Red Barn to eat and relax. The Big Red Barn hosts more than two hundred events per year, including T.G.I.F. (Tell Grads It's Friday), International Conversation Hour, Trivia Night, Speed Dating and more.

Your Hearth

In the top 10

Cornell Dining is ranked in the top 10 university dining experiences in the country. We see dining as so much more than just putting food in front of students.

Vegetarian or Vegan? Locavore or farm-to-table gourmand? Need the flexibility to eat kosher, halal, gluten-free, or avoid specific allergens? We've got more than 30 dining facilities that include a la carte and all-you-can-eat options, all across campus. You can keep it homey with House Dinners on West Campus or chat up Faculty Fellows as a first-year on North Campus.

You can stop by our vegetarian cafe or the kosher dining hall. Or you can take your taste buds for a special treat during one of our dining events, such as our Diwali dinner, or our annual sustainable food celebration, the Harvest Dinner.

three women laugh while wearing bibs at a dining hall table - they have lobster and corn on their plates
Don't take our word for it: Cornell Dining is top-ranked according to the Princeton Review, Time, the Huffington Post, Fox News and others. We've also recently landed on USA Today's Top 10 Healthiest Colleges and got a great review on Peta2's list of Vegan-Friendly Colleges.

Your Home

Every housing option provides an opportunity for a strong and connected community.

First-year undergraduates live with their classmates on North Campus. The Carol Takton Center serves as the hub of activity, Faculty Fellows seem to be around every corner, and residence hall advisors are never far away.

As an upper-level student, you can home in on the communities you've found and thrive in most. Move to West Campus, a fraternity or sorority, or a co-op. You can even stay on North Campus in a themed residence hall, or venture off-campus to the apartments and rental homes in Collegetown or the greater Ithaca area.

A graduate or professional student? We have family-friendly apartments, shared apartments, and cooperative housing options to help you strike the right balance between campus and home.