Fall Opening Driving Directions

Getting Started:

No matter which direction you are coming from, the following routes were designed to get you to your residence hall quickly and easily. Do not rely on GPS once you arrive in Ithaca. Please follow signs and/or directions from traffic personnel.

North Campus

West Campus

Recommendations

Bus to New Student Check In

 

North Campus Driving Directions

If you are approaching from the south on NYS Route 96B:
Drive into Ithaca along NYS Route 96B (becomes Aurora St.). Turn left onto Clinton Street (Route 96B) and continue straight until you reach the junction with NYS Route 13. Drive straight up the hill along NYS Route 13. At the second exit after you drive up the hill, turn right onto Triphammer Rd. Continue along Triphammer Rd. until you reach a busy intersection opposite a small shopping center. Turn left onto Hanshaw Rd. and pass the shopping center on your right. At the gas station, turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. Continue on Pleasant Grove Rd. past golf courses and a large parking lot on your right. Follow yellow signs to your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the south on NYS Route 13, 96, 34:
Drive straight through Ithaca along NYS Route 13, at the second exit after you drive up the hill, turn right onto Triphammer Rd. Continue along Triphammer Rd. until you reach a busy intersection opposite a small shopping center. Turn left onto Hanshaw Rd. and pass the shopping center on your right. At the gas station turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. Continue on Pleasant Grove Rd. past golf courses and a large parking lot on your right. Follow yellow signs to your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the west or north on NYS Route 79, 89, 96:

  • Approaching Ithaca from Route 79: cross two bridges, drive along State St. past one traffic light until you reach the second light. Turn left on Meadow St. (NYS Route 13).
  • Approaching Ithaca from Route 96: cross two bridges, drive along Buffalo St. past two traffic lights until you reach the third light. Turn left on Meadow St. (NYS Route 13).
  • Approaching Ithaca from Route 89: cross one bridge until you reach first traffic light at Buffalo St. (Route 96). Turn left past one traffic light until you reach the second light. Turn left on Meadow St. (NYS Route 13).

Drive straight through Ithaca along NYS Route 13. At the second exit after you drive up the hill, turn right onto Triphammer Rd. Continue along Triphammer Rd. until you reach a busy intersection opposite a small shopping center. Turn left onto Hanshaw Rd. and pass the shopping center on your right. At the gas station, turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. Continue on Pleasant Grove Rd. past golf courses and a large parking lot on your right.  Follow yellow signs to your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the north on NYS Route 34 or 34B:
Drive into Ithaca on NYS Route 34 which is called East Shore Drive when you enter the city. After passing under the highway bridge turn left onto NYS Route 13. At the second exit after you drive up the hill, turn right onto Triphammer Rd. Continue along Triphammer Rd. until you reach a busy intersection opposite a small shopping center. Turn left onto Hanshaw Rd. and pass the shopping center on your right. At the gas station turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. Continue on Pleasant Grove Rd. past golf courses and a large parking lot on your right. Follow yellow signs to your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the north or east on NYS Route 13:
Drive into Tompkins County along NYS Route 13. Pass through the Village of Dryden, and pass through the traffic light at the intersection of Routes 366 and 13. Continue along Route 13. Take Triphammer Rd exit towards Shops at Ithaca Mall. Turn Left at Triphammer Rd. Continue along Triphammer Rd. until you reach a busy intersection opposite a small shopping center. Turn left onto Hanshaw Rd. and pass the shopping center on your right. At the gas station turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. Continue on Pleasant Grove Rd. past golf courses and a large parking lot on your right. Follow yellow signs to your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the east on NYS Route 79:
Drive into the Town of Ithaca along NYS Route 79. Follow the sign to Cornell University by turning onto Pine Tree Road. At the light, go straight through and continue on Pine Tree Road, turn right onto Route 366 at the flashing red light. Continue straight along NYS Route 366 until the second left, which is Tower Road. Continue on Tower Road. Turn right at East Avenue. Follow yellow signs to North Campus and your assigned hall.
 

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West Campus Driving Directions

If you are approaching from the south on NYS Route 96B:
Follow 96B down Aurora Street until you reach the intersection with Court Street. Turn right onto Court Street and continue up the hill to the intersection with Stewart Avenue. Follow blue signs to West Campus and your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the south on NYS Route 13, 96 or 34:
Drive into Ithaca along NYS Route 13 until you reach the exit for Route 34 North/Stewart Park/Auburn. At exit, turn right onto Lake St. Follow blue signs to West Campus and your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the west or north on NYS Route 79, 96 or 89:

  • Approaching Ithaca from Route 79: cross two bridges, drive along State St. past one traffic light until you reach the second light. Turn left on Meadow St. which is also NYS Route 13.
  • Approaching Ithaca from Route 96: cross two bridges, drive along Buffalo St. past two traffic lights until you reach the third light. Turn left on Meadow St. which is also NYS Route 13.
  • Approaching Ithaca from Route 89: cross one bridge until you reach first traffic light at Buffalo St. (Route 96). Turn left past one traffic light until you reach the second light. Turn left on Meadow St. which is also NYS Route 13.

Continue along NYS Route 13 until you reach the exit for Route 34 North/Stewart Park/Auburn. At exit, turn right onto Lake St. Follow blue signs to West Campus and your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the north on NYS Route 34 or 34B:
Drive into Ithaca on NYS Route 34 which is called East Shore Drive when you enter the city. Continue straight along East Shore Drive. After entering the city the road goes up a steep hill. At this point it is called Lake Street. Follow blue signs to West Campus and your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the north or east on NYS Route 13:
Drive into Tompkins County along NYS Route 13. About five miles after passing through the Village of Dryden, you will pass the headquarters of NYSEG (New York State Electricity and Gas). Immediately after this, turn left onto NYS Route 366. Continue straight along NYS Route 366. At the third flashing yellow traffic light, go straight onto Hoy Rd. Turn left at the four way stop at Campus Rd. Follow blue signs to West Campus and your assigned hall.


If you are approaching from the east on NYS Route 79:
Drive into the Town of Ithaca along NYS Route 79. Turn right at Stewart Avenue. Follow blue signs to West Campus and your assigned hall.

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Recommendations:

  • Do not rely on GPS once you arrive in Ithaca. Please follow the signs and/or directions from traffic personnel.
  • Please be sure to have your parking placard completed and on your dash when approaching campus and unloading.
  • The driver must remain with the vehicle during the unloading process. Do not leave your vehicle unattended.
  • After unloading, you will be directed to a parking area.
  • Driving on sidewalks is allowed only during the initial move-in period. At no other time are you allowed to drive on campus sidewalks.
     
Primary Contact Information:

Transportation Services

116 Maple Avenue
Ithaca NY 14850-4902
transportation@cornell.edu
t: 607-255-4600
f: 607-255-0257

Hours of Operation                
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F