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Housing and Community Resources

Before and after you arrive in Ithaca, there are a few things that you will need to help you get settled. You may be concerned about where to live or what bank you should use. Please use the following information as a reference guide as you transition to Ithaca and Cornell Law School.

Housing Options


For a complete list please visit the Chamber of Commerce page.

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Branch Location:
125 North Fulton Street, (607) 273-4611
7 ATM locations

Bank of America
(800) 841-4000
ATM Locations:
Cornell Student Agencies (Collegetown) – 409 College Ave
Noyes Rec Center (Cornell University) – 306 West Ave

CFCU Community Credit Union
Branch Locations:
1030 Craft Road, (607) 257-8500
99 Sheraton Drive, (607) 257-3011
1022 Ellis Hollow Road, (607) 277-1292
409 North Meadow Street, (607) 275-3322
ATM Locations on Campus:
Cornell Store, Statler Hotel and Schurman Hall
Plus 8 more locations

Citizens Bank
(800) 922-9999
Branch Location:
Tops Market
710 South Meadow Street, (607) 277-8500
ATM Locations:
Sunoco A Plus
210 South Cayuga Street

Elmira Savings Bank
Branch Locations:
301 East State Street, (607) 272-1111
2300 North Triphammer Road, Suite 5
(607) 257-8808
702 South Meadow Street, (607) 272-2211

First Niagara
(800) 421-0004
Branch Locations:
300 North Tioga Street, (607) 273-1431
2315 North Triphammer Road, (607) 257-3122
ATM Locations:
Willard Straight Hall (Cornell University)
Egbert Hall/Campus Center (Ithaca College)

M&T Bank
(800) 724-2440
Branch Locations:
118 North Tioga Street, (607) 274-8948
2248 North Triphammer Road, (607) 257-2224

Tompkins Trust Company
Branch Locations:
Cornell Campus Store, (607) 257-1909
1012 Ellis Hollow Road, (607) 277-2561
The Commons, (607) 273-3210
116 East Seneca Street, (607) 273-1060
775 South Meadow Street, (607) 273-5600
2251 North Triphammer Road, (607) 257-2656
701 West Seneca Street, (607) 273-6171
ATM Locations:
Bartels Hall (Cornell University)
Robert Purcell Center (Cornell University)
Student Center Vestibule (Ithaca College)
Collegetown, Corner of Dryden Road and College Avenue
Plus 4 more locations.

Cars and Parking

Many law students choose not to bring their cars to Cornell, and Ithaca maintains a comprehensive, reliable, and inexpensive bus service. Students who bring their cars feel that a car provides more flexibility.

Please consider the following before bringing your car to Ithaca:

  • Parking close to campus can be limited and expensive.
  • Parking in Collegetown is limited, and many students rent parking spots.
  • Apartments in Collegetown are walking distance to the Law School.
  • Apartments further from campus may be on a bus route and have unlimited parking, but it may not provide as much flexibility as living closer.
  • Most of Tompkins County is served by the excellent TCAT bus service and all new students automatically receive a free, one-year bus pass included in their Cornell ID card. 

Campus Parking Resources

Cornell Parking Services
116 Maple Avenue
(607) 255-PARK

Transportation and Mail Services
Anything you will need to know about mail on campus and transportation.

Public Transit Resources

TCAT (Tompkins Consolidate Area Transit) bus service
Site includes comprehensive maps and interactive route finders

Cars in New York

New York State DMV
301 Third Street
(607) 273-7187


In Ithaca, landlords determine which utilities are covered in your rent and which the tenant pays directly. There is no standard. Below is a listing of the local utilities, including phone and cable companies.

Gas and Electric

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG)
(800) 572-1111

Telephone Service

Verizon Communications
(607) 890-7100

Cell Phone Service

Check your current provider to be sure you have service. If you need new service, check with the following:

Cable Television

(607) 272-3456

Satellite Television


  • AT&T
    (888) 708-5183
  • Time Warner Cable
    (877) 313-2337
  • Verizon DSL
    (877) 483-5898
  • Computing at Cornell
    (607) 255-8990


Recycling in Tompkins County for new residences


Check with your landlord regarding which garbage collecting service picks up your garbage, and whether you will need to pay.

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