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Overview of Ithaca

Nestled in the heart of upstate New York, Ithaca combines the academia of a college town with the pristine surroundings of a remote area. Ranked as the No. 1 college destination in the country by the American Institute for Economic Research, Ithaca is a haven for open-minded individuals from all backgrounds who are looking for exciting new experiences. The city has approximately 30,000 permanent residents who enjoy a strong sense of community outside of the university atmosphere. Search for Ithaca apartments for rent and experience one of the northeast’s most vibrant and interesting cities. 

Living in Ithaca, NY

In the 1820s, the Ithaca and Owego Railway connected the town of Ithaca to cities further south. The city emerged as a small manufacturing and retail center by 1888 before becoming an important center for education and the silent film industry in the early 20th century. Today, Ithaca is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, and residents here enjoy the spirited atmosphere brought by students during the school year. The local community celebrates the city’s distinction as the official birthplace of the ice cream sundae, which was first created here in 1892. Ithaca is fueled with creativity, academia and culture, allowing residents of all ages to feel constantly stimulated. Couples, families and students live in Ithaca apartments to take advantage of the college town’s exceptional public services and the surrounding beauty that generated the slogan “Ithaca is Gorges.”

Ithaca Attractions and Special Events

Ithaca is home to many of the finest attractions in upstate New York. There are many pristine natural parks in Ithaca, including Sapsucker Woods, Cayuga Lake, Robert Treman State Park, the Cornell Plantations, and Buttermilk Falls State Park. Visitors can tour Cornell University and the many buildings and museums that showcase the university’s prestigious history. The city also hosts many events throughout the year, including the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca Festival, Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, and Ithaca Scottish Games and Celtic Festival.

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Ithaca, NY 14850

From $1253

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths


Ithaca, NY 14850

From $1115

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath


Ithaca, NY 14850

$895 - $1450

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths


Cortland, NY 13045

$680 - $950

1-2 Beds1 Bath


Horseheads, NY 14845

From $700

2-3 Beds1 Bath


Romulus, NY 14541

$790 - $1020

2-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Horseheads, NY 14845

$1010 - $1650

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths


Owego, NY 13827

$615 - $795

1-2 Beds1 Bath


Cortland, NY 13045

$860 - $950

2 Beds1 Bath