Housing & Move Out
What is the plan for Move Out?
Students who have not requested housing for extenuating circumstances should plan to check out of their rooms no later than 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Students have received an email with detailed instructions. For more information, please visit Residential Life
What time do I need to check out of my room?
Please be sure to return your room, suite and/or mailbox key(s), using the key envelope that you will receive from your residential staff. All keys must be returned to your Service Center/House Office – or deposited in your building’s key deposit box – by 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 to avoid key/lock replacement charges.
What is the process for parking loading/unloading?
Due to construction and the need to restrict vehicle access from our fire apparatus roadways and sidewalks, current parking and loading changes remain in effect for your upcoming move-out. It is important that you adhere to these loading locations and do not drive on any pedestrian walkways not designated for these locations. Please refer to your email communications from our Housing & Residential Life team and visit Important Loading and Parking Information for detailed instructions.
How do I forward my mail? Will mail currently en route be returned/forwarded?
Be sure that you leave an accurate forwarding address so that mail can be appropriately handled. Forwarding addresses may be updated through the housing portal. First class mail will be forwarded. International mail will be returned to the sender with a forwarding address attached. Residents must make arrangements with publishers to redirect newspapers, magazines and periodicals. Be sure to also change your address for the 2020-2021 academic year online in the Cornell University directory.
What if I can’t move my belongings now? Is there free storage?
Student and Campus Life has secured two options for storage for on-campus residents departing between now and March 29. Visit Residential Life for details on storage, boxes and shipping.
Are there items that you don’t want to take with you? Look for Dump and Run donation and drop off collection sites in residence halls.
Can I get a refund for room and board for the remainder of the semester?
If you are living on campus and are leaving, you will receive a rebate on your housing and dining (if applicable). Those who continue to live on campus after March 29 will not be eligible for a rebate.
What about students in off-campus housing (private apartment) who decide to stay in Ithaca?
Students living in off-campus (private) housing may stay in their apartments through the end of their lease periods, though all classes will move to virtual instruction for the rest of the semester. Those students are responsible for fulfilling the lease that they signed.
Does my Greek house have to close?
Some sororities and fraternities have decided to close their facilities for the rest of the year. If there are students who need to remain on campus – and qualify to remain on campus - they are eligible to apply for on campus housing if their chapter house is closing. Each individual sorority and fraternity is working through their process now.
Wouldn't it be safer to stay in Ithaca rather than go home?
The answer is different for every student. But the nature of universities, with many people coming and going and with many large events, and students living in close quarters, does pose an inherent risk. And that risk would greatly increase were thousands of students to go off for spring break and then return to Ithaca from destinations around the country, and possibly the world.
Where should Cornell students be counted for the U.S. Census?
The U.S. Census bureau counts students at their on- or off-campus residence, not their permanent home address. If you live in off-campus housing that is not owned or managed by Cornell, you should respond to the census online at 2020Census.gov. Make sure you and your roommates submit only one response that includes everyone who lives at your off-campus residence. If you live on campus, you do not need to do anything. You will be counted through the “group quarters” enumeration process created by the Census bureau in cooperation with the university. For additional information, please visit scl.cornell.edu/2020census or contact Kate Supron in Cornell’s Office of Community Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.