In a place where the average temperature for the year is 47 degrees, you can't expect a Bahamas climate when you come to the University of Rochester. The biggest complaint is the cold, but Rochester is indeed located by the Great Lakes, just an hour or two away from our frozen neighbor to the north, Canada. The changeability of the weather can be annoying, with a large amount of variation in the temperature from one day to the next sometimes. There are beautiful days in the summer and fall, but once the winter descends upon Rochester, it seems as though it will never end. A lot of students from upstate New York are used to it, but those unfortunate few from Florida or Texas have quite an adjustment to make.
If you compromise on anything, the weather is it. Students have the tunnels to escape into and people hibernate for a good portion of the winter months, but you get used to the cold. The campus is actually quite pretty under a blanket of snow. Come April, you're pretty tired of the white stuff and the perpetual "Rochester gray" sky, but you learn to deal. There's a saying here: "If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes, it'll change," and that's the truth.