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Old 06-22-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Ithaca, NY
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Hi all,

I've searched the forums, and I don't think anybody has asked this exact question; which apartment complexes are the nicest? I'm a new female graduate student who will be attending Cornell, and I would like to line up some apartment choices before the good ones all get taken. I looked at the websites often linked to in previous threads, but I really can't tell much about the places from those listings.

About me; I would really prefer an apartment with no roommate. Money is not my first consideration. An apartment building or complex that isn't run down or depressing is what I would like, and it would be best if it was mostly other Cornell graduate students renting there. I don't want to live in a place with very many undergrads. But I don't want it to be deserted, if only for safety's sake. Maybe someplace that is kind of social?

If it is close to Cornell, that would be a bonus, but I would like to hear about the ones further away, if they otherwise are for graduate students. If there are any complexes or buildings to avoid, please tell me about them too.

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Ithaca, NY
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Thank you for those links, but does anybody have personal experience with apartments in Ithaca?
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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I did... 20 years ago...
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Ithaca NY
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I'm a postdoc here, I also went to IC as an undergrad, so I have a fair sense of what the grad students do. For the most part, you will mainly want to avoid the areas directly around campus if you want to avoid undergrads. The apartments right in Collegetown are fairly expensive and nice, but it's undergrad central.

There aren't a large number of complexes around. It's a small town, so a lot of the apartment stock is comprised of large old Victorians that have been split into smaller places. These can be really great or really awful, and it's hard to know which without actually being here to look. If you're doing things long-distance it can be a pain, though landlords who take care of their apartments are usually happy to send more detailed pictures and information if you explain your situation. If you don't have a chance to come up for a visit, or if you definitely want to live in a larger complex, you will probably want to check out the apartments up behind the Triphammer Mall, about 4 miles from campus. (I know that specifics usually get removed by moderators here so I'll pm you with specific names and reccs.) They're a bit soulless, but they're also consistently clean, and are where a LOT of grad students, post docs, and young professionals working at CU live. Very quiet, but not in a way that feels unsafe.

If you are able to come to town and visit, I'd recommend looking downtown as well, either right on the Commons or the area directly north. That's a livelier area, while still weeding out undergrads who don't want to walk up the hill. As I said, the apartments you'll see in that area are more inconsistent in quality, mostly just a few units in older houses, but there are definitely gems to be had.

Just one word of warning--if you are currently looking for a place to move into in August, it's already very late in the game to be looking. Many of the more desirable places will already be taken. Folks in town mostly have signed leases by March, and I think most of the new grads will have accepted by the end of April and signed leases in May. Doesn't mean there's nothing out there, as there are always things that fall through at the last minute. But there may not be a whole lot at this point.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Ithaca, NY
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Well, I'm here now. How much is too much to pay in rent for a one br in a complex that isn't within walking distance from school?
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Ithaca NY
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There are way too many factors to say. From which direction? And how far from the university? Downtown would be very different than a 20 minutes' drive down Rt. 79. Heat included? Parking? Your previous description indicated that you were looking at more luxurious places, for which I'd give a cutoff of about 900/month if heat's included. I believe an average 1 br in town would be somewhere in the 600-700/mo range.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Ithaca, NY
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Thanks.
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