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Commencement Housing

Residence Hall Accommodations for Families and Guests
Spring 2019


Please scroll to the bottom of this page for check-in instructions, details about parking and transportation, and other important information.


Degree candidates participating in Commencement may make reservations for up to eight (8) family members or friends to stay in guest housing for Commencement weekend (Friday-Sunday nights, May 24-26, 2019).

Accommodations are in Cornell's undergraduate residential buildings on North Campus and West Campus. Commencement Weekend dining hours can be found on the Cornell Dining website.


Accommodations are available in the following buildings (subject to change):

Cornell's North Campus:

All rooms are in climate-controlled buildings with the exception of High Rise 5. Rooms in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls and Mews Hall are clustered with shared bathrooms. Ecology House offers double rooms with private bathrooms. High Rise 5 offers four- to six-bed pods of rooms with en suite bathrooms. Townhouse Apartments have two double-occupancy rooms, a shared bathroom, living area, and kitchen.

Cornell's West Campus:

All west campus rooms are in climate-controlled buildings. Rooms are in suites with private bathrooms, or are corridor-style with shared bathrooms.

Beds: Because undergraduate residences are designed for single students, only twin-size beds are available. A single room has one twin bed, and a double room has two twin beds.

Included: Rooms are furnished with bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. Hair dryers are not provided.

Bathrooms: Many of the residence halls have common bathroom facilities. Some accommodations, such as the Townhouse Community or suites in the West Campus Houses, have bathrooms that are shared with other rooms within the townhouse or suite. Ecology House offers double rooms with private bathrooms.

Air conditioning, air controlled:

Becker House, Ecology House, and the Townhouse Community offer air-conditioned accommodations.

Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Mews Hall, Cook House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House are air-controlled buildings, but do not have individual air vents in each room, nor thermostats. Of note, west campus rooms have ceiling fans to complement the building's fixed temperature setting. All air-controlled buildings have a temperature setting between 71 and 74 degrees.

High Rise 5 is not air conditioned or air controlled.

Disabilities: Adaptive accommodations are available for those with disabilities. Please refer to the Disability Housing Requests section at the bottom of this page.


Commencement guest housing is charged at a weekend 3-night package rate that includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The rate is the same for a l-, 2-, or 3-night stay, and includes a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Residence Halls/Houses:
2019 rate: $220 (non-taxable) per person for 3-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 24-26). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Townhouse Community:
2019 rate: $990 (non-taxable) per four-person townhouse for 3 nights (Friday-Sunday nights, May 24-26). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

How to Make Reservations

Only students may reserve guest housing for Commencement weekend. Students may reserve accommodations for up to 8 family members or guests.

Historically, everyone who participates in the lottery is able to reserve accommodations for their guests.

STEP 1: Enter the Commencement Housing Lottery (online)

When: Any time between 10:00am EST, February 1, 2019 and 11:59pm EST, February 28, 2019
Sign up here 

You may enter the lottery by signing in with your Cornell NetID any time during the time period above. This is not first-come, first-served, so the timing of your entrance will not impact what sign-up time you receive for Step 2. Once you enter the lottery, you will receive an immediate electronic reply with your randomly selected sign-up time to make room reservations in person on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 (see Step 2, below).

STEP 2: Reserve housing for your guests (in person)

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Where: Robert Purcell Community Center, Wendy Purcell Lounge
Time: Please arrive 15 minutes* before your sign-up time

Forgot your lottery number / timeslot?  You can view this information by logging in to the Sign up here link.

*Arriving 15 minutes before the timeslot you received when you signed up for the Commencement Housing Lottery (Step 1) will enable you to view the housing options still available to you before your timeslot begins. The process begins at 2pm and ends with the last timeslot at 6:30pm.

Note to Parents: If you would like to be copied on reservations confirmation and details, please ask your student to add your email address to the contract list when enrolling for the lottery.  

Reservation Request forms: If you are unable to attend the housing selection event during your sign-up time, you may submit an online request form by completing Step 1 of the lottery process to receive a timeslot and lottery number. You may then return to the main page and select the online reservation request form. The deadline for submitting an online request is Monday, March 4, and must include the following information: number of spaces (beds) required, email, and daytime telephone number. A reservation will be made for you according to your lottery number during the room reservation process on March 6. We will do our best to accommodate your request for location. However, please understand that some locations sell out quickly. You will be notified by email on March 6 of your tentative reservation with a link to confirm your reservation. Your tentative reservation must be confirmed within 24 hours. Unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled after 24 hours following the email notification. Reservations for non-registered students will be confirmed by email upon credit card payment.

After the housing selection event: You may reserve any remaining spaces starting Thursday, March 7, from 10:00am-4:00pm at 206 Robert Purcell Community Center.


Payment: If you are registered at Cornell for the spring 2019 semester, the charge for Commencement housing will go on your bursar account. If you are not currently registered during this time, a credit card payment is required. No cash will be accepted.

Cancellations and refunds: Cancellations through Monday, April 1 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be in writing to the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at No refunds will be made after April 1, 2019.

Disability Housing Requests

Some residence hall space is adapted for people with disabilities. Because these facilities are very limited, we ask that anyone requesting accommodations for a guest who requires wheelchair accessibility do so by January 31, 2019 by emailing the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at

Note: There are numerous options for accommodations in buildings with elevator access, except Ecology House and Townhouses. If you simply need a room where a guest will not have to negotiate steps, please make that request when making the room reservations, in Step 2 of the process, above.

Your disability housing request must include the following information:

  • Name and gender of the guest and assistant (if needed).
  • Description of the personal needs or limitations of the guest.
  • Name, address, email address, telephone number of the guest.
  • Name, address, email address, telephone number of the degree candidate.
  • Total number of people in the group, to help us accommodate the rest of the group in close proximity.

In order to best accommodate all requests, disability housing reservations are not confirmed until after the January 31 deadline. You will receive a reservation confirmation via email no later than February 15.

After January 31, contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at 607-255-5582 or to inquire about availability of disability housing.

Checking In

Check-in begins at 12:00pm on Friday, May 24, at the following service centers and house offices. Check-out is by 10:00am Monday morning, May 27.

Please keep in mind that the service center and house office hours listed below are subject to change.

North Campus residence hall check-in

Guests staying in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Mews Hall, High Rise 5, Ecology House, and the Townhouse Community should check in at the service center in Robert Purcell Community Center beginning at 12:00pm on May 24.

The RPCC service center will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times: 

Friday, May 24 – 12:00pm-2:00am
Saturday, May 25 – 6:00am-2:00am

Sunday, May 26 – 6:00am-8:00pm
Monday, May 27 – 8:00am-noon

RPCC service desk:  607-255-6214

Outside of service center hours, you may contact your area's on-call staff person; contact information will be posted at the service center and at your building's main entrance.

West Campus check-in

Guests staying in Cook House, Becker House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House should check in at their building's House Office main desk beginning at 12:00pm on May 24.

The House Offices will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times: 

Friday, May 24 – 12:00pm-8:00pm (the Cook House service desk will be open 4:00pm-2:00am)
Saturday, May 25 – 7:30am-6:00pm
(the Cook House service desk will be open 6:00am-2:00am)
Sunday, May 26 – 7:30am-6:00pm (the Cook House service desk will be open 7:00am-8:00pm)

Monday, May 27 – 8:00am-noon

Becker House Office:  607-255-8495
Bethe House Office:  607-255-7210
Cook House Office:  607-255-9543
Keeton House Office:  607-255-3195
Rose House Office:  607-255-7752

Outside of service center hours, you may contact your building's on-call staff person; contact information will be posted at your building's main entrance.

Guest Parking & Transportation

Parking is free in the residence hall parking lots beginning at noon on Friday, May 24, through 9:00pm on Monday, May 27, on a space-available basis. Special parking permits are not needed for the weekend. However, you may not park in handicap spaces without an appropriate permit. 

Parking is available on Saturday and Sunday, but observe road closures and follow signs to available parking.

There is free bus transportation from the parking lots to Schoellkopf Field and other locations on campus for college events. See parking and bus details on the Commencement web site.

If you need help locating places on campus, please look at the Cornell Maps & Directions page for assistance.



Please refer to our Commencement Housing FAQs.    

Or, please contact:

Housing & Dining Contracts Office
Office of Residential and Event Services
Phone: 607-255-5368
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, EST

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