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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Cold. CollegeTown is new, but only convenient to get to on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Some activities & restaurants, expensive

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Haven't been anywhere except school.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The campus is bordered by a river and park, so scenery is great. Shopping is a free shuttle away, though the ride is pretty long.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The River Campus is not in downtown Rochester; however, I usually go downtown every week for lessons at Eastman or to hang out with friends. There are always events and concerts to go to on and off campus as well. UR provides transportation to Marketplace Mall/Wegman's, as well as Pittsford Plaza, so getting groceries or going shopping is quite feasible. Public Safety (campus police) doesn't do much, though. They seem to be bored and too quick to assume things about what people are doing (smoking, drinking, etc.). All in all, it's a beautiful campus and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

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Considering the enormous amount of college students in the area, there isn't a specific area where you will find a concentration of college students. The city of Rochester is 5 or 10 minutes away from campus, and 20 by bus, so having a car comes in handy. Eastman School of Music students have the city at their fingertips, and there are some good coffee shops and restaurants there, but for the most part the city is fairly quiet; everything tends to close early. East Avenue and the Gibbs Street area have the coffee shops and theaters, and down Alexander Street are some nicer restaurants and bars. Down in the St. Paul area are some clubs as well.

There are about seven suburbs of Rochester that surround the campus and the city. Henrietta in particular has tons of stores, malls, and restaurants as well, but they tend to be more of the franchised businesses, which is convenient if you need big-box outlets like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or mall stores. A lot of the suburbs outside the campus are just quiet residential. If you go a few hours in any direction, however, you can find some fun. Niagara Falls is only an hour and half away, and Toronto is a few hours away. Students tend to like going up to the Falls for a night-it's a fun day or night trip. Being in upstate New York with lots of colleges around also has its advantages. If there are concerts or people you know, you can hop down and visit easily as well.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Twelve days after the famous Seneca Falls women's suffrage convention, the group came to Rochester where Susan B. Anthony became the movement's voice. Rochester is thus known as the birthplace of the women's rights movement.
  2. In 1998, Rochester was one of only 10 communities nationwide to receive the All-America City Award in recognition of its status as a great place to live.
  3. Rochester is known as the "Flower City," and its symbol is the lilac flower, which is abundant in Rochester, along with a water wheel, representing continual progress and vitality.
  4. More than 40 percent of the workforce in Rochester is made up of people in technical, scientific, professional, or precision occupations.
  5. There are 3,112 parks, malls, and green areas in Rochester and 537 miles of streets.
Notable Natives
  • Taye Diggs
  • John Lithgow
Local Slang
315er: Person from outlying, rural areas of upstate NY named for their telephone area code; somewhat derogatory
Points of Interest
  • Alexander Street
  • Downtown
  • Eastman House
  • Memorial Art Gallery
  • Public Market
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
Shopping Centers
  • Eastview Mall
  • Marketplace Mall
  • Pittsford Plaza
Movie Theaters
Cinemark IMAX
2291 Buffalo Rd.
(585) 426-2629
Movie Theaters
Marketplace Cinema 7
1100 Miracle Mile Dr.
(585) 272-7420
Movie Theaters
Movie 10
2613 W. Henrietta Rd.
(585) 292-5840
Major Sports Teams
  • Rochester Americans: minor league hockey
  • Rochester Razorsharks: basketball
  • Rochester Redwings: minor league baseball
  • Rochester Rhinos: soccer
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 6 hours
  • Toronto: ON: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 67 responses

Very poor
  • 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 68 responses

  • 15% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 10% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 56% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 67 responses

  • 49% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 51% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 67 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 60% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 21% No way.



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