International Students

Living in Ithaca

Ithaca is a beautiful, fascinating, and friendly city. Despite its small size, this thriving community is home to a diverse and multicultural population. Ithacans enjoy restaurant cuisine from around the world, a fantastic selection of visual and performing arts, and year-round outdoor adventure amidst some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the country. Of course, the city wouldn't be complete without the roughly 26,000 students who attend either Ithaca College or Cornell University; they make sure there's always something exciting going on!

Living costs

Your monthly expenses will vary based on your lifestyle. To get the most out of your experience at Ithaca, we strongly encourage all students to live on-campus. Room and board cost around $4750 per semester. Students who choose to live off-campus can expect to spend between $400 and $700 per month in rent; other expenses include food, transportation, and often utilities (heat, water, electricity).

While costs vary and depend on your major and course selections, on average Ithaca students spend approximately $450 each semester on required books.

Climate

Weather in Ithaca is never boring. Hot summers provide a great opportunity to enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in Cayuga Lake and the various streams and gorges around town. Snowy winters mean great skiing, skating, and ice climbing. Spring and autumn are incredibly beautiful, with mild temperatures and plenty of color. Visit the Weather Channel online for more detailed information.