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Campus Life

The Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University offers apartment housing to all full-time students for the Ph.D. training period. Rents paid by students are subsidized and are considerably lower than those charged for comparable housing on Manhattan's upper East Side. Rents charged are very affordable in relation to stipend support awarded to each student, leaving a reasonable amount for comfortable living in Manhattan.

Students live within a few blocks of classrooms and laboratories, on a self-contained campus that is part of a safe residential neighborhood on the prestigious upper East Side of Manhattan. Numerous shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity lend this neighborhood an aura of a small, well-defined community. Student life is dramatically augmented by being located within one of the world's great cities - a metropolis that Weill Cornell students enjoy soon after their arrival on campus when they are taken on tour as part of their orientation program. New York City offers an unmatched range of cultural and recreational activities, many within walking distance of the campus and all readily accessible by public transport. Much of the world's best art, music, theater, ballet, cinema, and cuisine is concentrated on Manhattan island and therefore is practically at every student's doorstep. Our major museums are world-famous, ranging from the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street, and the Whitney Museum of American Art on nearby Madison Avenue, to the giants on Fifth avenue which include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. West of this area, across Central Park, are the American Museum of Natural History (with its famous dinosaur exhibit) and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts featuring the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Farther downtown, Carnegie Hall, renowned for its offerings of both classical music and jazz, is located amidst New York's most fashionable shops. On summer evenings, free concerts and opera are performed on the lawns of Central Park. Many of the cultural events, including Broadway plays, movies, operas and concerts, are provided to graduate students at ticket prices subsidized by the Graduate School.

For sports enthusiasts, there is Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks and Rangers. Magnificent Central Park, the East River Promenade near Weill Cornell, and the Hudson River Promenade near the World Financial Center are nearby for strolling, biking, jogging and roller blading. Subsidized admissions to a complete workout gymnasium, including swimming pool are available through the Graduate School. During the warmer months, street fairs are held in various neighborhoods of the city.

Immediately surrounding the campus, students' non-academic needs are met in a variety of ways. Free noon-time music recitals, featuring fine soloists and groups, are held on Fridays on the adjacent Rockefeller University campus. Students also participate in jogging, aerobics, weightlifting, basketball, and squash. Numerous international restaurants and first-run cinemas provide nourishment and entertainment for every taste. For food shopping, there are several supermarkets, and a small grocery or take-out deli is on nearly every street corner.

Those inclined to roam a short distance beyond the New York City boundaries can participate in student-organized hiking or skiing trips to the mountains north of the city. Also within easy reach, Long Island is surrounded by beautiful beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.

New York City is an unparalleled place to learn and to do science. Further excitement and enrichment are in store for the student who wishes to experience our great city. To help you on your journey to NYC, visit nycvisit.com, where they have extensive listings of everything that goes on in the city. Also, if you love discounts on tickets contact Chantel Gooding at chg2026@med.cornell.edu or Kerri McCabe at kem2020@med.cornell.edu from the Educational Events Office. Have Fun!!

NYC Snow Days 2017 - View from Weill Cornell

Students and seminars - 2016

Faculty at our seminars - 2016

Tavern on the Green, Central Park, New York City.

East River walk

Central Park

Central Park

Asphalt Green

Central Park

Intrepid Rainbow

The first Frank Gehry buiding in NYC, the IAC headquarters

Intrepid at night

World Trade Center

WCMC new research building

Zuckerman Research Center

Central Park

Boats and a paddle boarder on the Hudson River

Oysters at Chelsea Market in Manhattan

November 3, 2013: Our PhD students, Courtney Alexander and Natalya Gertsik from the BCMB Program, cheer the NYC Marathoners on!


Residence Halls

Sloan House, located at 1233 York Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, contains 33 studio and 29 one-bedroom apartments that are available only to graduate students. Single occupancy of studio apartments, and double occupancy of one-bedroom apartments are permitted. All apartments are air-conditioned , fully furnished, and have an outdoor balcony terrace. Building amenities include laundry facilities, front door security, easy access to graduate faculty laboratories at Weill Cornell and SKI, and a new lounge for social relaxation in a quiet upscale setting. Pets are allowed subject to housing restrictions.

Jacob S. Lasdon House, an apartment residence located at 420 East 70th Street between York and 1st Avenues, contains studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments for graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows. Apartments are fully furnished, include kitchens, and are centrally air conditioned. Building amenities include laundry facilities, front door security, recreation room and an outdoor terrace. These apartments are available as roommate shares or family housing only. Pets are not permitted.

303 E. 71st Street is an apartment building located between 1st and 2nd Avenues for graduate students. One and two- bedroom furnished apartments are available for double occupancy or family housing. Pets are allowed subject to housing restrictions.

Livingston-Farrand Apartments, located on East 69th St. between York and 1st Avenues, contain furnished studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with kitchen facilities. These apartments are available for families and for upper-class medical and graduate students wishing single occupancy accommodations. Pets are not permitted.

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