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Room Selection

The following information is for all students who will be participating in room selection this week (or serving as a proxy for anyone who is unable to attend).  

Tuesday, March 29th:            Singles, Super Singles, Triples, Quads

Thursday, March 31st:          All Doubles


Approximate dimensions and floor plans are posted on the Residence Life website.  A binder of floor plans is also available in the Residence Life Office for students to browse.

We are again offering a real-time look at all available rooms.  The list of super singles, singles, triples and quads is now posted.  The list of doubles will be available Wednesday evening.  If you have access to a laptop, smart phone or tablet, you can bring that with you during room selection and see in real time the list of rooms still available.  Note, Super Singles are listed as “Super” in their Room Type.  The Super Singles are open to all genders.


We currently have more rooms than we need for the coming year.  Because of this, we are offering current students the opportunity for a “super single” option (a private double room).  We have reserved a limited number of rooms in Pfeiffer Hall (at this time, Pfeiffer Hall is the only building available for super singles).  A super single is $200 more per block than a standard double.  As a point of comparison, a regular single room is an additional $100 per block.  Students interested in a super single option will choose those at Tuesday night’s room selection.


  • Rooms are selected according to class standing, with next year’s seniors drawing first, juniors second, and sophomores third. Groups with a student or students who participated in Late Draw must wait until the end of room selection to choose rooms on Thursday (approximately 8:30 p.m.).
  • A student selecting a room may choose any person who has participated in numbers draw as a roommate(s).
  • The number of students drawing into a room must equal the capacity of the room as designated by the Residence Life Office (meaning you must have two people to select a double, three to select a triple, etc.).
  • If drawing into a double or larger, only one person from the room will be permitted in the Room Selection Area (Hall-Perrine Room, The Thomas Commons). This person MUST have the Cornell IDs (or photocopies) and Room Selection passes of all who will be living in the room.


  • Arrive at Hall-Perrine, The Thomas Commons at the time listed for the type of room, and, if appropriate, your class.
  • If you have access to a laptop, smart phone or tablet, monitor the real time list of available rooms.
  • When your number (or the lowest number for your group) is called, show your ID(s) and Room Selection Pass(es) to the checker in Hall-Perrine. You must have your student ID and Room Selection pass as well as those of your roommate(s) to participate in Room Selection.
  • Proceed to the table of the building you prefer.
  • Select a room and present your Room Selection Pass(es) to the person at the table. If your preference is taken, select another room or go to the table of your second choice building.
  • Proceed to the final check point where your selection will be recorded and the Room Selection Pass(es) collected.


 Tuesday, March 29

  • 7 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Triples and quads (all classes)
  • 7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Super Singles and Singles (all classes)
  • 8 p.m.: Roommate Social for those still looking for a roommate

Thursday, March 31

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Senior doubles
  • 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.: Junior doubles
  • 7:45 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Sophomore doubles
  • 8:20 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Students without roommates (all classes)
  • 8:30 p.m. – 8:35 p.m.: Late room selection (all classes) 


If you do not have a roommate for next year, contact the Residence Life Office immediately. We will invite you to complete a Roommate Request Form that indicates your building/roommate preferences. You can review any other Roommate Request Forms we have on file. We also encourage you to attend the Roommate Social immediately following the room draw for singles, triples and quads on Tuesday, March 29.  If either of these options fail to help you find a roommate, then Residence Life will assign you a roommate at the very end of general room selection.


A proxy is permitted to select a room for you provided the proxy has a copy of your ID and your Room Selection Pass. Other arrangements may be made with the Residence Life Office prior to Room Selection.


No room changes will be permitted for the first semester. Anyone moving into a room other than the room assigned at room draw will lose the privilege of living in that building, will be moved and may be fined.


Visit our room selection website for complete rules, guidelines, updates and frequently asked questions.  Anyone using a proxy should be sure to share this information with them.

Spring Break

Do you have questions about spending Spring Break on campus?

You can probably find the answer on our spring break web page HERE or contact the Residence Life Office at Res_Life@cornellcollege.edu!

For example, here’s the advised checklist of things to do before  leaving campus:

If you are leaving for break, we encourage you to:

  • Turn off and unplug appliances (refrigerators and aquariums may remain plugged in)

  • Remove all trash from your room and take it to a common area trash can in your building

  • Close and lock all windows (pipes could freeze and burst if windows are left open)

  • Close blinds

  • Turn off alarm clock

  • Turn off lights

  • Lock your door

Getting to Know Your Roommate

With rooming assignments coming out soon, it’s natural to be curious about who you’ll be sharing a room with during your first year at Cornell. Guest Blogger Ellie Burshtyn ’18, a PA, offers some insight and tips into getting to know your roommate to make you more comfortable with your roommate, res hall living, and transition to life at Cornell.

Some of you may have shared a room with someone before. However, there is probably one big difference: you most likely knew the person. Moving in with someone that you know nothing about can be stressful and result in a lot of anxiety, which is completely normal. So here are some suggestions on getting to know and getting along with your new roomie.  Continue reading Getting to Know Your Roommate

What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Your First Year at Cornell

Guest Blogger: Hope Cotter, PA from the class of 2018

New students, are you starting to wonder about what to bring to campus in the fall? Hope Cotter, a PA and sophomore student has compiled an insider’s list of all you could possibly need. The fun part–making your own list for what you want to bring from home, pick up at Target once you get here, and Jenga-into your family’s car for move in day. Read over Residence Life’s details on What’s Provided and What to Bring here. My recommendations are to consider what you will actually use, wear, and want on a daily basis. Talk to your roommate and really consider adjusting to sharing space and a new environment when considering any big ticket items. Everyone’s packing list is going to be different–if you’re filling up a minivan or have one bag off your flight in Cedar Rapids, remember that you will be able to get to a store if you forget something or decide you need something else–Target runs are a Cornell favorite pastime!–and your room will start to feel like home soon!  From three years of experience moving in and out of Cornell: I recommend packing the essentials first, then figuring out realistically how much else you want to pack, move-in, and unpack. The basics: beds are Twin XL, bring what you’ll use on a daily basis, a surge protector, a daily planner and Nalgene water bottle (Cornellian’s favorite accessories!) and you’ll figure it out from there!–Laura 

Here’s the list Hope (an admitted overpacker!)–compiled:
What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Your First Year at Cornell Continue reading What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Your First Year at Cornell

First-Year Housing Info

First Years! Remember to fill out your housing preference forms through the Admitted Students checklist! You can update your preferences through Sunday, July 5.

To learn more about the residence halls for first years and more Res Life info, check out the fall opening information on the Residence Life website and stay tuned for more posts regarding Res Life, recommended packing lists, move in day, etc! Incoming new and transfer students should check their emails frequently for more updates on NSO and fall info. Housing assignments will be distributed by email around mid-July.

Here are some highlights on the First Year housing options: Continue reading First-Year Housing Info