The medical college guarantees us housing as long as we are in attendance – a very fortunate and essential resource for a student living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thus, because of cost and proximity, most of us opt to live on campus. However, pet lovers (no pets allowed on medical school property) or long time NYC residents (lucky enough to either own a place or have rent control) will commute. Brooklyn seems to be the most popular borough. As first year medical students we live in Olin Hall, a dormitory-style building. We get a private room and share a bathroom with another dorm-mate. Each floor has a lounge and a kitchen. The second year, we select our roommate(s) and move into studios, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments in one of two buildings: Lasdon House or the 77th Street Residencies. If we are married or have filed for NYC Domestic Partnership, we can live in an apartment from the beginning.
For those of us who like to exercise, there are workout rooms with aerobic machines and free weights at both Olin and Lasdon. We also have a basketball court and a squash court.
If you want to see pictures and read more information on our housing options, please go to www.med.cornell.edu/housing/student.