If you’re imagining college life in your own apartment, then Cornell is not the place for you. Students are required to live on campus unless they win a slot in the senior lottery or have special circumstances, including being married or having children.
For those students who do live off campus, the selection of housing available is slim pickings, particularly since the Cedar Rapids flood in 2008. You definitely get what you pay for, and the cheaper places tend to be older, less clean and have landlords who don’t care as much about their tenants. However, compared to rent in a city, prices in small-town Iowa are definitely on the cheaper end of the spectrum. Most places are within walking distance, which is good because parking along the street or in visitors’ lots is limited.