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Living in Rochester

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  • Named #10 on the list of America's Favorite Cities by Travel + Leisure for 2017.
  • Popular neighborhoods include the South Wedge, Park Avenue, and the white coat neighborhood just south of the Medical Center.
  • The city is home to the country's premier Supermarket (Wegmans), popular sports teams (Red Wings baseball, Amerks hockey), art (The Memorial Art Gallery) and music (Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Annual Jazz Festival), as well as professional local and national programs on stage (GEVA Theatre).
  • Rochester is located an hour away from 2 “natural wonders of the world”…Niagara Falls  and Letchworth State Park (the Grand Canyon of the East). 
  • The region’s spring and summer are beautiful, with the summer months kicked off with the annual Lilac Festival and subsequently dominated by a variety of festivals almost every weekend. The fall is also picturesque, drawing travelers to the region from across the country for the turning of the leaves. The winters are snowy, and are great for skiing, ice skating, and other such activities.
  • Numerous unique venues
  • Low cost of living

The University

  • The University of Rochester is the city’s largest employer, with the Medical Center providing the lion’s share of the University’s jobs.
  • The Medical Center is nationally ranked in many specialties and is the only academic medical center in the Greater Rochester area, serving as a tertiary and quaternary referral center for Western and Central New York and beyond.
  • The School of Medicine & Dentistry is highly ranked in both research and primary care, and also provides many opportunities for our students to become extensively involved in community service on campus and in the community.

College Town

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College Town is an exciting new mixed-use, close-knit district providing the broader Rochester community, University of Rochester and University of Rochester Medical Center students, faculty and staff a one-of-a-kind, vibrant 24/7 environment to live, learn, dine, shop, work and play.

Strategically located at the intersection of Mount Hope and Elmwood Avenue, College Town features 125,000 SF of street level retail, including a two-level Barnes and Noble university/community bookstore; a 136-room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel; 50,000 SF of new class A office space; and, 150 new high end apartment units known as Mount Hope Lofts.

College Town is perfectly positioned to bring Rochester’s booming higher education and medical community together with a 5-county population of over 1 million people to enjoy new-to-market retail and restaurant options to meet every taste and style, as well as family-oriented and other programming for gathering and recreating. 

College Town Website



University of Rochester's Office for Residential Life

  • houseMaintains six apartment complexes that serve graduate students, medical students, and postgraduate trainees, including residents and fellows of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. 
  • Options for Families in University Park, Whipple Park and Graduate Living Center Maisonettes
  • For people who prefer a more urban and amenity rich setting, Goler House (a high-rise apartment building) and University Towne House (a low-rise, corridor-style building) provide a more urban atmosphere, and they are closer to stores, restaurants, and public transportation.
  • The University also maintains an Off-Campus Housing Database. It includes available properties, contact information for local real estate agents, and other pertinent information. You must register, create an online account, and log in to gain access to the database. Off Campus Housing

Community Living Program

  • For students, faculty, and staff seeking housing in the Rochester community. CLP provides a variety of referral and apartment-hunting services for members of the University who cannot be accommodated in University housing or who prefer to live elsewhere in the community
  • Comprehensive computerized index of apartments, rooms, and homes for rent—including both advertised offerings and listings placed with the office particularly for University people. Many landlords in the Rochester community use CLP as their exclusive means of advertising.
  • The office has locator maps, local bus schedules, and telephones for inquiring about apartments and houses for rent.



Visit Park Avenue for trendy shopping, dining, and living. The East End is the place for hip coffee bars and terrific live music. In fact, the Eastman School of Music, which happens to be in the East End ensures an ample supply of exceptional musicians at venues all around the city. Musicians on tour regularly appear at the Blue Cross Arena, the Rochester Philharmonic, Milestones, and the Dinosaur Barbeque, as well as at Frontier Field, the Canandaigua Performing Arts Center, and local colleges.

Theatre, Stage and Screen

Like movies? 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 operates two locations downtown and offers a wide variety of stage plays.


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, moto-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. 


The city is home to many popular sports teams (Red Wings baseball, Amerks hockey, Rhinos soccer), art (The Memorial Art Gallery) and music (Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Annual Jazz Festival), as well as professional local and national programs on stage (GEVA Theatre).

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.