Financial Aid for Living Off-Campus
The cost of attendance includes an allowance for housing equal to a standard double room on campus, regardless of whether a student receiving aid lives on campus. Your aid will not be any different whether you live on or off-campus. The major difference when living off-campus is the charge for housing does not appear on the bursar bill. Students who receive financial aid and live off-campus will essentially have two bills: the Cornell bursar account and the landlord’s bill.
If a student's financial aid credits exceed their charges, the student would receive a refund from the Office of the Bursar to assist with housing expenses.
We encourage students to have good financial management skills when they decide to move off-campus, like creating and sticking to a budget. Personal finance information specific to Cornell students can be found here. More information on off-campus living and financial and packages can be found here.
Additional information can be found on the Off-Campus Housing website.