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Community Centers & Student Unions

Life Beyond Your New Home

Cornell's residential communities are like villages unto themselves. You'll be a stone's throw away from world-class dining rooms and eateries, active community centers, and your pick of fitness and recreational facilities … not to mention the many outdoor spaces and quads that help make Cornell's campus so famously beautiful, perfect for studying on a blanket in the sun, playing Frisbee, having snowball fights, or even cross-country skiing.

Want to plunge into campus activities, hang out, or grab a cup of coffee? Robert Purcell Community Center, Appel Commons, Willard Straight Hall, and Noyes Community Recreation Center are hubs of activity around campus, especially for students living in Cornell housing. These centers are great places to meet people, get a bite to eat, experience Cornell's thriving social scene, find a place to study, or work out in a fitness center.

At the heart of the first-year experience is the Carol Tatkon Center - an intellectual, cultural, and drop-in center on North Campus. The Tat offers programs and services to ease the transition to Cornell, encourage student-faculty interaction, and support and inspire students.

North Campus:
Robert Purcell Community Center
Appel Commons
Carol Tatkon Center

Central Campus:
Willard Straight Hall Student Union

West Campus:
Noyes Community Recreation Center

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