9 Top Rated Ithaca Landlords – Cornell University Off-Campus Housing

Collegetown, Ithaca. (Flickr)

Perhaps this is your first year of college, and you chose to opt out of on-campus living. Or maybe you’re finally getting ready to leave your dinky dorm room behind! Whatever your situation may be, looking for Cornell off-campus housing can be as much of a pain as a pop quiz.

After an entire school year of guessing on your exams, let Rent College Pads take the guesswork out of where you’re going to live. We read through countless reviews and compiled a list of options students can’t stop raving about. Here are our top five picks for Cornell University and Ithaca landlords.

Ithaca Renting Company

The Ithaca Renting Company provides students with a wide range of off-campus housing options both near the Cornell campus and Downtown Ithaca. Students have the option to choose from studios to six-bedroom units, and each of their Collegetown properties comes furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, and more! Most of their places include utilities like heat, hot water, and trash removal, and many complexes even have a fitness center!

Our favorite review:

“The Best location in CollegeTown, 5 minutes from Cornell. Great Costumer service. The building is well maintained. I will highly recommend.”

Travis Hyde Properties

Whether you want to live in Collegetown, Downtown, North Campus, or Cornell West, Travis Hyde has you covered. From studios to eight bedroom units, Travis Hyde offers a variety of options near campus with some noteworthy perks. The apartments come fully furnished—some even include a TV—and residents also get heat and hot water bundled into their rent. As if there wasn’t enough of an incentive to rent with Travis Hyde, many apartments even include free high-speed internet.

Our favorite review:

Iacovelli Properties

Specializing in residential and student housing, Iacovelli Properties does it all; the company develops, owns, and manages each of their units. They have properties scattered all over Ithaca, both Downtown and near the University. Each of their properties offers a range of amenities, including fully furnished apartments, laundry on-site, private balconies, and lawn care/snow removal. Living in an Iacovelli unit, you’ll be close to shops, restaurants, the Ithaca bus lines, or just a short distance to campus, making your commute to class a breeze!


West Shore Apartments

West Shore Apartments, a family owned and operated business, began in 1967 when Bob and Linda Terry purchased a three-unit apartment building and rented out two units while they lived in one. As their family grew, so did their company. One of their daughters, Karla, graduated from Cornell University and now serves as the primary property manager. Reviewers make frequent mention of Karla, commenting on her friendly service and understanding nature.

The majority of their apartments are walking distance to the Cornell campus (or just a short commute away) and include amenities like fully furnished apartments, convenient parking, online rental payments, dishwashers, laundry, and WI-FI!

Our favorite review:

“Karla is a fantastic landlord, really terrific. -responds to emails very quickly and resolves problems in under 24 hours usually -very understanding about accidental late rent and other similar minor issues -very pleasant to interact with, not rude or aggressive. honestly, my roommates and I agree that this is probably the best experience one could have with a college landlord.”

Collegetown Terrace
The folks over at Collegetown Terrace have been bringing great off-campus living to Cornell University students for over 25 years! With a mix of houses and apartments for rent, any student is sure to find a place to suit their needs at Collegetown Terrace.

The rooms come newly furnished and sport a modern vibe, complete with granite countertops, limestone floors, and custom cabinetry. Tenants also receive a free gym membership and access to their private shuttle to the Cornell campus. Talk about a sweet deal.

Our favorite review:

“Of all the nice developments this is the best value for your money especially if you have a car and require parking. The parking is great, it’s covered and secure. The management office deals with hundreds of students so they have thick skin but they’re amazing…All my interactions with the management were great, they’re honest and reliable. If they’re at fault they work on it right away.”

Urban Ithaca Real Estate

Urban Ithaca Real Estate develops, owns, and manages over 120 different units in Collegetown. From studio apartments to eleven bedroom homes, undergrads and graduate students can be sure to find something to fit their style.

Their units come fully furnished with things like high-speed internet, granite countertops, and more! Another great perk is that each of their properties is a just a one to five-minute walk to the Cornell campus, meaning you can roll out of bed and still make it to class on time!

Our favorite review:

Lambrou Real Estate

Located in the heart of Collegetown, Lambrou Real Estate is a family owned and operated business that has been around for over 50 years. More than 400 Cornell students live in their wide variety of apartments and rental houses. The rooms are spacious and tenants even get assigned parking spots! The Lambrou family has a high focus on tenant satisfaction and seem to live up to this claim.

Our favorite review:

Cayuga Place Apartments

Cayuga Place Apartments is located in Downtown Ithaca just a block south of the Ithaca Commons. They pride themselves on being a green community, which is great for the Earth and your utility bills. The building is pet-friendly, offers onsite laundry, has large closets, and is walking distance to shops and restaurants. Another great perk is that there is a bus stop in front of the building which will take you directly to Cornell!

Our favorite review:

“I had a great experience at this apartment building. From the very beginning to the very end, everything went super smooth. Office communication is very adequate and keeps the residents informed of community goings on. I am also very impressed with the value for the money. The quality of the building was phenomenal.”

312 College Avenue

The apartments at 312 College Avenue are located in the heart of Collegetown, just one block away from Cornell University. As one of Collegetown’s newest and most modern off-campus student housing community, 312 College offers furnished studio to three-bedroom apartments with a few added amenities. The building offers residents a study lounge, garage parking, bike storage, dry cleaning services, free high-speed Internet, and a library!

Our favorite review:

“I have nothing to complain about the building; it has everything you need and more. Trash shoots are the best, laundry room is fine, theater room is FANTASTIC. Elevators work fine, mail is easy to get. Parking is convenient if you can afford it. To sum it up the building and the location is absolutely amazing, I would recommend it to anybody.”

Chips and salsa aficionado, Ali Bartmer joined the Rent College Pads team in the fall of 2016 as the Operations Assistant and has since become a Content crafter. Cat mom of one, Ali prides herself in being a Bloody Mary connoisseur and with her Masters from Hogwarts there’s nothing Ali can’t do.

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