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Location, directions, lodging

Where is Ithaca, and what can I do there?

Before they arrive at Summer College, some students tell us that they're worried about missing life in the big city. When they get here, however, they overwhelmingly find that there's too much to do to be bored.

In fact, they say they appreciate Cornell's setting not only because it's gorgeous, but also because it allows them to focus on their courses, their friends, and their college experience, without the distractions of city life.

Located at the south end of Cayuga Lake in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca offers a breathtaking landscape of deep gorges and thundering waterfalls, rolling hills with farms and forests, and a lively community with shops, art galleries, and great places to eat (including the world-famous Moosewood Restaurant).

For information about things to do in the area—music, dance, cinema, sports, hiking, swimming, shopping, and so much more!—visit our Resources page or Cornell's Life in Ithaca pages.


Directions to Cornell

Note: If you're traveling alone, you'll need to schedule transportation to and from campus. Also, if you're traveling to Cornell from Syracuse Hancock International Airport, you'll need to call Ithaca Airline Limousine (800.273.9197) two days in advance to schedule a pick up.

By air:

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is a 10-minute drive from campus. Taxis are available at the Ithaca airport to bring students to campus. Drop off is on north campus at Robert Purcell Community Center. Cab companies include

  • Yellow Cab (607.277.2227),
  • University (607.277.7777), and
  • Cayuga Taxi (607.277.8294).

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is about an hour from campus. Ithaca Airline Limousine (607.273.3030 or 800.273.9197) offers transportation from the airport to campus for $85 per person, one way; $130 round trip. You must call two days in advance to schedule a pick-up. It also offers transportation to, but not from, the Ithaca airport with special arrangements, for $20 per person. Fees are subject to change without notice.


By bus:

The bus terminal, in downtown Ithaca, is served by Coach USA Shortline (607.277.8800 or 800.631.8405) and Greyhound (607.272.7930 or 800.231.2222).

If you live in the New York City area or plan to fly into New York City from abroad, check out the Campus-to-Campus (C2C) express bus service.

The taxi companies listed above are available at the bus station to bring students to campus. Drop off is on north campus at Robert Purcell Community Center.


By car:

For driving directions to the Ithaca campus, see the university’s Maps page.

Once you’re on campus, signs will direct you to the North Campus residence halls. Summer College staff members will be at driveway entrances to assist with details and directions.

Please note that Summer College Program students may not bring cars to the program. You and/or your parents are responsible for making your travel arrangements to and from Cornell.


See also Directions to your residence hall.


Lodging

We encourage you to call as soon as possible to make reservations if you and/or your parents will be staying in Ithaca before, during, or after Summer College is open—summer is a busy time in the Finger Lakes.

For information about local bed and breakfasts, hotels, and motels, we suggest you consult the following sources:

Please note:
Summer College has arranged to have some rooms set aside at the following hotels:

  • The Best Western University Inn in Ithaca (607.272.6100, 800.528.1234) has set aside 20 rooms for families arriving on June 20. Call by May 22 to make reservations. It also has set aside 20 rooms for families arriving on July 12. Call by June 9 to make reservations.
  • Courtyard Ithaca (607.330.1000, 585.586.3121) has set aside 10 rooms for families arriving on June 20. Call by May 30 to make reservations. It also has set aside 10 rooms for families arriving on July 12. Call by June 21 to make reservations.
  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a room, call the hotel directly and mention the "Cornell University Summer College Programs." Rooms are not set aside for the closing days of any programs, so we recommend you reserve rooms now for that time. (This listing is provided as a directory resource and does not represent an endorsement of the establishments listed.)

    You may also wish to consider staying at the beautiful Statler Hotel, located on the central Cornell campus. For reservations, call 607.257.2500 or 800.541.2501, e-mail statler_reserve@cornell.edu, or visit the Statler Hotel website.