Ask Ambassadors #3: What’s your favorite place on campus?

This week our ambassadors will reveal their favorite place on campus. Watch out for both popular spots and hidden gems at Cornell, you might find your new niche or a cool location to look for when you arrive here.

Hollister hall is my favorite place on campus. As an environmental engineer, I spend a lot of time in the building, either doing homework in the computer lab taking classes taught by leading researchers in the field, and doing research with fellow students.

~Grace Zhang from China – College of Engineering ‘20

My favorite place on campus is Lounge 159 in Martha Van Rensselaer because in the weekends, it’s a super quiet study space with a beautiful view of Beebe Lake. Oh – and free unlimited printing.

~Brandon Mok from Hong Kong – College of Arts and Sciences ‘19


MVR Lounge (Photos by Paul Warchol)

Check out Temple of Zeus in Goldwin Smith! The soup is awesome! Remember to bring your own bowl for a discount J

~Shangdi from China – College of Engineering ‘20


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Temple of Zeus cafe in Goldwin Smith Hall’s rotunda (Source: Cornell University) 

My favorite spot on campus is the small bridge-like thing that connects Phillips to Upson. There are some very comfortable couches, perfect for napping when you are pulling an all-nighter at Duffield.

~Deniz Yilmazer from Turkey – College of Engineering ‘19

I love the little creek between Sage Hall and Day Hall, it’s a very beautiful space that somehow remains serene despite the busy surroundings. I love reading there in my hammock.

~Fanny – College of Engineering ‘18

My favorite place at Cornell is the rehearsal room at the basement of Lincoln Hall. We create music together every Monday and Wednesday, which are the best time.

~Jessica Wang from China – College of Arts and Sciences ‘19


outside of Lincoln Hall (Source: Richmedina)

My favorite spot in Cornell is the rooftop of Jameson Hall. Techinically students aren’t allowed up there, but it’s an awesome place to be. It’s very scenic and open – a perfect place to go when you’re stressed out or need time to think.

~Hee Jin (Sam) Jeon from South Korea – College of Human Ecology ‘18

The Library War: Olin vs. Uris

The two libraries on central campus seem to be the favorite spot of many students. So here comes the war.

What the Uris fans say….

My favorite location on campus is the Uris library. It’s not only a great place to study for prelims and finals, it also has the popular “Harry Porter’s Library” (A.D. White’s library inside Uris Library). Uris Library gives me a great mood for studying.

~Betsy Fu from Canada/China – College of Engineering ’20

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A. D. White Library in Uris Library (aka the Harry Porter’s Reading Room- an Insta-worthy spot on campus) Source: Tumblr 

Uris AD White

I really love the downstairs studying place in Uris Library. The 180o glass window gives you a great view of the slope. It is also a wonderful place to watch sunrise.

~Jilly from China/Canada – College of Engineering ‘20


The famous glass window with slope view

My favorite place in Cornell, besides my dorm room, is the Uris Library. The basement floor has a quiet study place, where you are able to see the slope view through the glass window. What a relaxing spot for studying and sleep!

~Vina Wong – College of Human Ecology ‘19

Uris Glass 2.jpgFavorite place has to be Uris Library and the café at the MVR building (so fancy, I can’t even remember the name). Uris is central to everything: classes, dining halls, etc. I also get to meet lots of people.

~Victoria Mutai from kenya – School of Hotel Administration ‘18

But Olin lovers have quite a lot to defend:

Olin Library is everyone’s favorite. People like pondering over Plato and talking about memes.

~Sun Shen from China – College of Arts and Sciences’ 18

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Olin in final season with a Snowman of books 

My favorite spot on campus to catch on work would be the Reading room in Olin library. It is a great spot to catch up on work between classes, or to have a little snack!

~Jesse from Ghana – College of Arts and Sciences ‘20


The Kroch library in Olin library (Source: Cornell Rare and Manuscript Collections)

3rd floor of Olin library! This is a great place to study with friends. They have sofas, big desks, and plenty of seats to study. Nice atmosphere!

~Anna Kang (Yein) from South Korea – School of Hotel Administration ‘20


Olin study space (Source: Holts Architects)

With 1 more vote than Olin, looks like Uris closely wins this war! This is the must-visit spot, prefrosh!

Crave for more scenic locations at Cornell? Check out this video

Collected and edited by: Sophie Ngan Le

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