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Cornell Housing Costs

$9,962 On-Campus Room Typical Cost
$6,434 On-Campus Meals Typical Cost
$1,000 Books & Supplies Typical Cost
$1,876 Other Living Expenses Typical Cost

What are the Cornell University Living Expenses?

Knowing the many expenses associated with attending college will enable you to make the best financial decision. The costs of housing, food, and supplies add up quickly!

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Cornell Housing and Meal Plan Costs Cornell offers students separate housing and dining options. The on-campus housing charge for an average student was $9,962 in 2021, and the price of an average meal plan was $6,434.

Learn Cornell University housing expenses for both on-campus and off-campus, along with meals and other expenses in the the next table.

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
Room and Board$16,396$16,396
— Housing      $9,962
— Meals      $6,434
Other Living Expenses$1,876$1,876
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,000

Over Four Years You Could Pay About $83,614 for Living Costs

For the past five years, Cornell housing and dining costs have changed 3.6% per year on average, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. Incoming freshmen in 2022 can expect to spend roughly $19,901 for room, board and other costs based upon existing trends. Those students would end up paying roughly $20,553 for their 2nd year, and $21,929 for their 4th year.

Four-year students will end up spending a total of approximately $83,614 in housing and dining expenses by the time they finish, while associate degree students will pay a total of about $40,455.


* estimated

How to Finance Your Cornell Education?

More Details on Living and Dining On Campus

Are you wondering whether you may be required to live on campus? If you are a first-time full-time student, some schools may require it. See the table below to find out whether Cornell does or not, as well as the on-campus housing capacity.

Schools may offer meal plans where the number of meals per week can vary, for example, the student receives a meal card and charges meals against the card. Then there are schools like Cornell that offer meal plans based on the number of meals per week. See the table below to find out the number of meals per week in the maximum meal plan offered at Cornell.

Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?No
On-Campus Housing Capacity7,422
Meals Per Week Included in Max Meal Plan14

Room & Board Costs Higher Than Average

Students at Cornell pay $19,272 to stay on campus, however the average student nationwide pays just $15,282.


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