Local Atmosphere

Location
Rochester Hills, MI
Undergrads
696
Tuition
$20,010
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Rochester is full of interesting places to go but the only downfall is that almost every place costs money. Also, Rochester is a wealthy city so it isn't cheap.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I attend a CEL Program at Mott Community College. I do not attend the main campus. Mott does a fairly good job helping the students.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Somerset Collection – Rochester College is an awesome quaint city located not too far from Somerset mall on West Big Beaver Road in Troy, Mi. Which is probably about a 20 minute drive from Rochester College. I love that mall, it houses all the high end garment retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Saks, Chanel and many more. However, if you're not in the mood of traveling, Rochester offers the Village shops. The Village of Rochester is like something out of a movie, at night it looks amazing, the attractions are captivating. Many bargain shops like Parisian and also really nice restaurants like Bravo. It's simply "A Great Place To Be".

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Rochester is beautiful and attracts positive, caring people to its community.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is not really much to do off of campus. The downtown area of Rochester is readily available, but is mostly filled with boutiques, expensive restaurants, or bars. The only venue suited enough for fun is the Billiards on Main. This is open to everyone of every age. The food is reasonably priced, and even though there is a bar area, it doesn't interfere with the other parts of the restaurant.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Currie
Hometown
Gary, Indiana
Major
Mass Communications/Broadcasting
Grad Year
2012
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In the immediate area of Rochester Hills, downtown Rochester is a popular destination. Other cities included in the vicinity are Troy, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Orion Township, Bloomfield Township, Oakland Township, Washington Township, Sterling Heights, and Shelby Township. Among many of the cities there will be boutique shops, walkable shopping centers, and both indoor and outdoor shopping malls.

As much of these areas were once agrarian, restored mills and former farming facilities have been turned into tourist attractions. Biking and hiking trails are popular and available. Municipal parks are abundant in the metropolitan area. Each city has its own website with information on recreation. There are a number of city-sponsored festivals in downtown Rochester throughout the year, including Dancing in the Streets, Music in the Park, Art & Apples, Heritage Festival, and more. The farmers' market in Rochester is open every Saturday from May through October.

Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Alec Martinez - professional hockey player
  • Dita Von Teese - actress, model, burlesque dancer
  • Elmore Leonard - novelist
  • Jason Varitek - professional baseball player
Local Slang
  • The D: Detroit, Metro Detroit
  • Downriver: Suburbs following a southwestern path from Detroit, along the general pathway of the Detroit River
  • Eight Mile: Major thoroughfare that separates the city of Detroit from its northern suburbs.
  • The Joe: The Joe Louis Arena, an entertainment arena in downtown Detroit and home court for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Party store: A liquor store
  • Pop: Carbonated beverages
  • Ren Cen: The Renaissance Center, a series of office buildings in downtown Detroit situated along the Detroit River, currently the headquarters for General Motors
  • What up, doe?: What is happening (right now)?
  • Windsor ballet: Gentleman's clubs/strip bar establishments in Windsor, Ontario
Points of Interest
  • Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
  • Rochester Hills Public Library
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Rochester
  • Hampton Village Shopping Center
  • Rochester Hills Plaza Shopping Center
  • Village Rochester Hill Mall
  • Winchester Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Forum 30
44681 Mound Road
Sterling Heights
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Emagine Rochester Hills
200 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills
(248) 243-3456
Major Sports Teams
  • Detroit Lions: NFL
  • Detroit Pistons: NBA
  • Detroit Red Wings: NHL
  • Detroit Tigers: MLB
  • Plymouth Whalers: Ontario Hockey League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Ann Arbor, Mich.: : 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Detroit: : 35 minutes
Did You Know?
In its current incarnation, the city of Rochester Hills has only existed since 1984 due to a history of annexation and geographic conflict with surrounding communities.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 17% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 48% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 22% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 59% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 48% Totally.

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