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Moving off campus freshman year?

1234412344 Posts: 26Registered User New Member
edited January 2011 in Cornell University
Is this possible for spring semester of freshman year? I know a couple people who have moved from north campus dorms to cornell-owned co-ops for second semester, but I was wondering if it is possible to cancel your on-campus housing entirely as a freshman?
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  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    yes, you can move,
    some freshman commute and live in Ithaca,
    some freshman live off campus from the start,
    most live on campus
  • 1234412344 Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    really.... i haven't heard of any freshman coming from off-campus
  • YunsangYunsang Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    As far as I know, it is mandatory for freshman to live on campus.
  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    mandatory? where do you get that from
    what about the people that commute from Ithaca for their classes, one of them was a tour guide when I toured the school last summer
    Yunsang, have you ever heard of any school in the states that is mandatory residential??
    If yes, let me know which ones.
    some students commute to every school from Community colleges to Yale and in between
  • TskDbxTskDbx Posts: 371Registered User Member
    Mandatory for freshman. As far as I know, tour guides aren't freshman.
  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    mandatory?? its a college, not confinement. There are threads all over cc about kids that commute to the ivys and schools across the country. Cornell has several students that live in Ithaca and commute to classes every day. My cousin commuted to Brown.
    Mandatory residence makes no sense. Where did you get that from?
    - the tour guide had finished her freshman year.
  • cornellpezracornellpezra Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    It's not mandatory. But freshmen receive guaranteed housing, that's the difference.
  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    cornellperza, that is correct, there is guaranteed housing.
    and of course, it is not mandatory to live on campus.
    probably not mandatory at any college in the whole country.
    in fact, a lot of internationals who have lived on their own or at boarding school, etc, and have the money, would not put themselves in a dorm environment and often rent off campus. Harvard and Yale (and cornell) also have students that live locally and commute starting with freshman year.
    Can you even think about a school telling an adult that thay are forced to live somewhere and getting away with it? Maybe at communist U, not any american college. It is a college, not confinement. Most students are adults. Many have lived on their own and at boarding schools before going to college.
    If I had the money and could rent something real nice, I would think about living off campus starting freshman year, it is still easy to make friends and also easier to XXXX when you have your own off campus apartment.
    can't argue with that. but don't have the money.....
  • usafa2011dadusafa2011dad Posts: 542Registered User Member
    Can you even think about a school telling an adult that thay are forced to live somewhere and getting away with it? Maybe at communist U, not any american college.

    Have you ever heard of Duke University? Pretty sure they aren't communists there?

    This is a direct quote from their campus life and activities page
    All students are required to live on campus for their first three years, with freshmen living in residence halls on East Campus and sophomores living in residence halls on West Campus. Juniors must choose to live either in West Campus residence hall rooms or in Central Campus apartments, space permitting. Seniors are free to reside on campus, space permitting, or off campus in one of the numerous private housing options available near campus

    So not only are freshman required to live on campus, but so are sophomores and juniors.

    Having worked in off-campus student housing for almost 10 years, I can assure you there are numerous colleges and universities all over the US that require freshman to live on campus. Trust me, we in the "off-campus" student housing business don't like the policy at all.
  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    usafa, I do stand corrected, with regard to Duke.
    I know none of the ivys have that policy (Harvard, Penn, and Columbia even have a large amount of commuters starting freshman year as they are in the middle of cities,
    but what schools aside from Duke have that kind of requirement? It just seems a little weird, given that a lot of people start college later in life and many of the internationals with big money who have lived on their own (and some americans) who could afford their own off campus place, want that, even for their first year,
  • usafa2011dadusafa2011dad Posts: 542Registered User Member
    but what schools aside from Duke have that kind of requirement?

    I don't have the information at hand. But I think if you do a quick search on google, you will be quite surprised at the number of colleges/universities that actually require at least the freshman to live on campus.

    As an off-campus student housing developer, we run up against this all the time. Of course, our attitude is that schools should build classrooms not dorms. Especially since most of the time, off-campus communities are far superior to dorms, have more amenities and are usually much less expensive. Of course, that is a generalization. Ithaca is a bit of a different beast because of the lack of space to build.
  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    ok, I know there has been a lot written about freshman having much better experiences living off campus at Harvard, Penn and Columbia. yeah those schools are in major cities, but if I had the money, living off campus as a freshman could be good.
    the info seminar person at cornell said that not many freshman live off campus,
    the off campus freshman are basically made up of commuters living in and around Ithaca and some freshman who are older, and some freshman who have real big money and want their own place.
  • YunsangYunsang Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    englandern wrote:
    cornellperza, that is correct, there is guaranteed housing.
    and of course, it is not mandatory to live on campus.
    probably not mandatory at any college in the whole country.
    in fact, a lot of internationals who have lived on their own or at boarding school, etc, and have the money, would not put themselves in a dorm environment and often rent off campus. Harvard and Yale (and cornell) also have students that live locally and commute starting with freshman year.
    Can you even think about a school telling an adult that thay are forced to live somewhere and getting away with it? Maybe at communist U, not any american college. It is a college, not confinement. Most students are adults. Many have lived on their own and at boarding schools before going to college.
    If I had the money and could rent something real nice, I would think about living off campus starting freshman year, it is still easy to make friends and also easier to XXXX when you have your own off campus apartment.
    can't argue with that. but don't have the money.....
    Calm down, I stated, "As far as I know." There's no need for you to get all worked up over a policy that I wasn't even sure was in place. Obviously, I stand corrected, but there's no need for you to go all out to prove your point. And there are colleges where it is mandatory for freshmen to live on campus. That I am 100% sure of.
  • englandernenglandern Posts: 276- Junior Member
    yunsang, just relax, no big deal at all.
    makes no sense to get worked up over this kind of stuff
    no big deal here
    I do think that schools like Harvard and Penn and Columbia have a nice mix of students, mostly in college housing, but basically because of their many commuters. it makes for a nice mix. a lot of kids going to cornell have already lived on their own, some of which go to prep high schools here in the states where they allow students to live off campus and share apartments. for those kids, and a lot of others, getting put in a dorm with kids who have never lived outside of their house and basically are wild just because they suddenly have freedom, is something they don't want to live with. they've been there done that. my honest opinion ... thanks for your imput
    p.s. not a big deal, but as "far as you know" where did you get info that it is mandatory? maybe it is....
  • usafa2011dadusafa2011dad Posts: 542Registered User Member
    to answer the OP question
    but I was wondering if it is possible to cancel your on-campus housing entirely as a freshman?

    The way you have your question phrased, i'm not sure if you are asking if you can cancel your housing contract or simply not have one in the first place.

    The one thing that might be tricky. Unless you already know someone is coming in as a freshman and even finding housing. Remember a lot of people already have the off campus housing locked up for next year.

    As for the contract. once you sign it and submit it. I don't think there is anyway to cancel it.

    I guess what I am saying is you run the risk of having no housing unless you take the freshman housing.
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