Community Resources and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Every year, family members ask many of the same questions about community and campus resources. The following material provides information designed to help you support your student through the transition to college and campus life.

Banking and ATMs

Numerous financial institutions serve the Ithaca community. Ithaca College does not endorse any particular bank.

Note for students who are employed by Ithaca College: Paychecks may be direct deposited to any bank in the United States, including those listed below. See the student employment website for instructions.

Alternatives Federal Credit Union (NYCE, Cirrus) 607.273.4611
CFCU Community Credit Union *+ (NYCE) 607.257.8500
Chemung Canal Trust 607.737.3711
Citizens Bank 607.277.8500
Community Bank 607.272.4880
Key Bank 607.273.1431
M & T Bank 607.274.8948
Tompkins Trust Company * (NYCE, Plus, Cirrus) 607.273.3210

* ATM on campus       + Branch office on campus


Internet:    (607) 274-1000

Students must set up an Apogee account in order to access the residence hall computer network (ResNet). Basic service is free of charge; an upgrade is available for a fee. Apogee accounts are created the first time a student connects to the network jack or wireless network on campus.

Telephone:    (607) 274-1000

Ithaca college provides on-campus, local, toll-free, and 911 telephone service to students in the residence halls on an opt-in basis at no charge. Students can request phone service when they arrive on campus by contacting the IT service desk. Telephones are not provided, and a calling card is necessary to place long-distance phone calls.


See the Information Technology website for information about setting up student accounts, purchasing computers, using the educational discount, and accessing on-campus support services.


(607) 274-3007

ID Express is a debit account accessed via a student’s ID card. Deposits to ID Express can be made by mail, online, or in person. ID Express can be used for purchases at a variety of locations on and off campus:

  • All dining halls and retails food outlets on campus
  • Mac’s General Store and the campus store
  • Mail services
  • Hammond Health Center
  • Stadium concessions
  • Center for Print Production
  • Parking Services
  • Vending machines and copiers


(607) 431-9525

Students often find it convenient to rent a refrigerator or micro-fridge from the Refrigerator Leasing Company, which serves Ithaca College. We recommend checking out IC's Refrigerator and Microwave policy prior to making any purchases, as it has recently changed. Click here to learn more.



Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from campus (seven miles). American Airlines, United, and Delta Airlines provide direct or connecting flights throughout the United States.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes’ drive (65 miles) from Ithaca College and is served by seven airlines.


Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) serves Ithaca College on the hour and the half hour. Buses stop near the entrance to campus, at the Towers, and at Park hall and have connecting routes throughout the city as well as to Cornell University, the Greyhound bus terminal, Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, the Shops at Ithaca mall, and the airport.

College-subsidized bus passes may be purchases at the campus store.

OurBus offers bus service between Ithaca and New Jersey/New York City/Queens/Long Island and other major cities.

Greyhound offers daily bus service to New York City and many major cities in the Northeast.

(607) 272-7930

ShortLine’s Ithaca Platinum Express has nine daily schedules to New York City and four daily to Westchester, Long island, Queens, and the Hudson Valley for $50 one way.

Campus-to-Campus (C2C) express bus service provides transportation between Cornell University’s New York City and Ithaca campuses. C2C operates seven days a week, years round.

(607) 277-8747

Cars and Ride Sharing

Ithaca Carshare is a community membership service offering 24/7 access to fuel-efficient cars, a minivan, and a pickup truck.

(607) 277-3210

Finger Lakes Rideshare helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If you have a car, offer rides. If you don’t have a car, find rides where you need to go.


Syracuse (approximately 60 miles away) is the city nearest Ithaca that offers train service.

(800) 872-7245