A new West Campus housing initiative has built five dorms for returning Cornell students, each with a dining hall, common spaces, and a live-in professor to create a communal feeling, similar to that of North Campus. These dorms are much-desired for those who wish to live on campus past freshman year. Some lesser-known options are the themed program houses, and the cooperative houses, where students share in the responsibility of the taking care of the house. These smaller units often create a more familial living environment. Many students choose to live in a fraternity or sorority house on North or West Campus, some of which are owned by Cornell. The quality of these houses varies, although all usually include laundry, a meal plan, and common areas, as well as, of course, access to social activities.
The biggest complaints about on-campus housing are the price of the dorms and the meal plans that are sometimes required to live in certain dorms, like the West Campus housing system. However, such expenses are common at Cornell, and most students agree that living on-campus, especially freshman year, can be an easy way to meet other Cornellians and remain connected to the campus scene.