Residential Life at Ithaca College

Ithaca College is a residential institution offering a variety of on campus housing options. Students are required to live on campus for their first year, sophomore, and junior years, in accordance with the Residency Policy.

Approximately 4,395 students live on campus in 27 residence halls and two apartment complexes. The residence halls are divided into four major residential areas: the Quads, the Towers, the Terraces, and Emerson Hall. The Quads and Towers house primarily the First-year Residential Experience (FYRE). Sophomore students live in Emerson, the Terraces, and a few Quad buildings. Housing offers a combination of single and double rooms and a small number of triples in the Terraces. Emerson Hall is comprised of double rooms and a limited number of triple and 4-person rooms, all with private bathrooms. Triple rooms in Emerson Hall are reserved for students with special needs.

The two apartment complexes are the Ithaca College Circle Apartments and the Garden Apartments. Both apartment complexes house returning students in apartments that can accommodate up to six residents.

The Office of Residential Life employs 25 professional staff members including 6 full-time Residence Directors (RDs) and one Community Director (CD) who live in the residence halls and apartment areas along with the students. We also employ 105 Resident/Apartment Assistants (RA/AA) (returning students who live on the floors and help to develop community, plan events/activities, answer questions, and generally serve as a resource for the residents living on their floor) and many student Office Assistants (OAs).

If you have any questions, please call the Office of Residential Life at (607) 274-3141 or e-mail us at For housing related questions or concerns, e-mail

For room rates, consult the Undergraduate and Graduate Costs information maintained by the Office of Student Financial Services.