Cornell University

Cornell Housing Costs

What are the Cornell University Living Expenses?

Knowing all of the expenses related to going to college will enable you to make a good college choice. These extra costs of housing, food, and supplies add up quickly!

On this page you will find:

Cornell Housing and Meal Plan Costs

Housing and meal plans are priced out separately at Cornell. The typical student spent $9,152 for housing and $6,094 for dining in 2020.

Discover Cornell University costs for both on-campus and off-campus housing, in addition to meals in addition to other expenses in the table below.

Expense On Campus Off Campus
Room and Board $15,756 $15,396
— Housing       $9,152
— Meals       $6,094
Other Living Expenses $2,964 $2,964
Books and Supplies $990 $990
Total $19,710 $19,350

Expected Total of $91,728 in Room & Board Over Four Years

In the past five years, Cornell meal plans and housing costs have adjusted 3.2% per year on average, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. If today's developments in housing and meal expenses carry on, we predict incoming first years in 2021 to spend about $20,848 in their first year of college. In their last year an undergraduate might spend approximately $22,124 for a two-year degree, and $25,191 for a four-year degree.

The complete degree (assuming you graduate on-time) the total will come to close to $91,728 for four years or $42,973 for a two-year stay.


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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.

Question Answer
Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus? No
On-Campus Housing Capacity 7,200
Meals Per Week Included in Max Meal Plan 14

Room & Board Costs Higher Than Average

Cornell room, board, books, supplies and other expenses cost students $19,710, which is over the average of $14,951.


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