My Favorite Places on Campus

Cornell has an enormous campus with so many things to do and therefore, it is really easy to settle into your own niche. Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite places on campus.


b1pThis is Johnson Museum of Art. It holds collections of art from around the world and across the time. It also holds a lot of fun arts and crafts workshops. Most of them are free to Cornell students. Moreover, you can have a breathtaking view of cayuga lake and the city of Ithaca from the top (fifth) floor. Above the mallin sculpture court (the deck you can see in the photo), there is also the famous “cosmos” light simulation by Leo Villareal. It was programmed to portray the “cosmos” illumination pattern and is visible day and night. There is also lounge chairs on the court, so it is a great place to lie down, enjoy the breezy air, stare at the ever-changing “cosmos” and meditate on life 🙂


This is Libe slope. I walk up and down it almost every day. It has a great view of the cayuga lake and west campus (where most sophomore students live). As you can see, it is a perfect place to enjoy the sunshine, relax or do homework. It is also where Slope day, a year-end celebration with live musical performance and food, is held. (Can you tell it was 30°F when I took the photo?)

On the top of Libe slope is the famous McGraw Tower and Uris library. There are tons of places to study in the Uris library, whether you prefer to study by yourself or study in group, you can always find a place. The Cornell Chimes is on the top of McGraw Tower. As it rings daily concerts, it is one of the largest and most frequently played chimes in the world. You can also climb to the top of the Tower to attend the concerts and have a wonderful bird’s eye view of the campus.




The A.D. White Library in Uris Library is the famous “Hogwarts Library”. Needless to say, it feels amazing to study in here.







Beebe Lake is beautiful all year around. A perfect place to canoe, paddle or even kayak. Outdoor club holds open paddling sessions really frequently during fall semester. Sometimes there is even free BBQ after paddling.


Open daily from dawn to dusk, the plantations with countless local and exotic specimens is a quiet and lovely place to run, walk and explore. The Plantations property consists of 25 acres (10 ha) of botanical gardens and 150 acres (61 ha) of the F.R. Newman Arboretum. Make sure you check out their website:

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