Resident Life

Single Residents

It’s not Malibu, Soho, or South Beach. But Rochester (aka “The North Coast”) has plenty to offer the single person interested in a lively night life or an invigorating daytime getaway. Visit Park Avenue for trendy shopping, dining, and living. The East End is the place for coffee bars and live music. In fact the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theater are located in the East End and ensures an ample supply of exceptional musicians who perform regularly along with the Rochester Philharmonic on campus and at venues all around the city. The Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is the newly renovated home of the RPO. Name bands on tour regularly appear at the Water Street Music Hall, the Bug Jar, Harro East, and the Dinosaur Barbeque, as well as at the Blue Cross Arena, Frontier Field, the Canandaigua Performing Arts Center and local colleges. Rochester is home to the week long International Jazz Festival which takes place each summer at downtown venues and attracts well known jazz performers from all over the globe.

Like movies and live theater? An eclectic assortment of foreign and quirky American films is always the bill of fare on The Little Theater’s multiple “independent” screens. For classic or merely enjoyable old films, as well as an occasional appearance by a famous filmmaker or actor, the Dryden Theater at the George Eastman House simply has no equal anywhere. The Geva Theatre Center, including the Next Stage, The Blackfriars, The Downstairs Cabaret and the Rochester Broadway Theatre League provide live performances including drama, musicals and Broadway hits. Rochester and its environs are laced with bike trails and hiking paths, including the former mule trails along the picturesque Erie Canal. The community hosts several marathon-type runs every year. Lake Ontario, the idyllic Finger Lakes, the Genesee River, and a host of other waterways provide ample venues for water sports of every type. Within a short drive of the city you can find rock climbing, spelunking, snow skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, motor-cross, and skydiving. For long weekends, the Adirondacks offer an abundance of nature unspoiled, or the international allure of Lake Placid and its Olympic venues.

Some of America’s finest wineries are nestled among the rolling hills of Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, conducting tours and tastings less than an hour away from Rochester. A livelier experience can be found in Niagara Falls—with its famous thundering “wonder of the world,” its glimmering casinos, and a pleasing variety of other attractions. Breathtaking Letchworth State Park, “The Grand Canyon of the East,” is a short drive to the south of Rochester. And less than three hours away is the world-class City of Toronto - famous for its modernity, diversity, safety, and its stunning array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

Single in Rochester? You’ll have the time of your life.

Residents with Families

The question isn't whether you should bring your family to Rochester. The question is: "Why wouldn't you?" In so many ways, Rochester is made for families. Virtually every rating service and every major news organization that visits and evaluates this community says so. But the people who call Rochester home—who coach the youth teams, volunteer for community service, and actively support the schools—don't need the rating services. They've know it all along.

When it comes to finding an attractive, affordable home in a quality school district, you’ll have your choice. Good medical care, vibrant churches, effective law enforcement, numerous well-equipped parks and youth recreation programs, and plenty of shopping are easy to find both in the city and its surrounding suburbs. If your spouse would like to work, there are opportunities available close to home with an employment rate lower than the national average.

Rochester and Monroe County play host to an array of quality museums, including the acclaimed Strong National Museum of Play at “The Strong”, Seneca Park Zoo, Sea Breeze Water and Amusement Park, and Genesee Country Village and Museum, all of which are great values and capture an earlier, more innocent era. Family atmosphere extends to the city's professional minor-league sports teams, all of which play in modern, accessible facilities. The number and quality of educational and recreational options in and around Rochester belie its relative size. The annual Lilac Festival attracts international visitor and is held each May at Highland Park.

There are also plenty of opportunities for you and your spouse to call the babysitter and get away to enjoy a different side of Rochester. The local night life, both cultural and contemporary, is rich and varied. From the performing arts to neighborhood street festivals, from a day at the George Eastman House to dining at one of our fine dining establishments or sampling our world famous “white hot.”  Rochester puts its best foot forward for you and your family.

These are some of the reasons why enterprises like Child magazine, Partners for Livable Communities, Sperling's Best Places, the Places Rated Almanac, Newsweek, and many others consistently call Rochester one of the most livable cities in the nation.

Department Social Events

Residents in our program quickly become a close-knit group. They often get together to relax and have fun, taking advantage of the many natural and "night life" attractions the Rochester area has to offer. During the year, the Department of Dermatology sponsors an annual Holiday Party, a summer picnic, and also a graduation party to celebrate our residents' achievements.