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Life in Rochester NY

Be part of the University and the city it calls home.

Rochester is an active and vibrant city with a rich history of philanthropy, corporate development, and technological innovation. Once known as “the city that George Eastman built,” these days Rochester is better known for exciting startup opportunities that have sprung from the industry giants that started here—ones that offer tremendous growth and development potential for the leaders of tomorrow.

Fast Facts

Rochester Is:

Attractive and affordable. The cost of living is 20% lower than the U.S. average - 730 x 240

7th brainiest large metro in the nation - 730 x 240

3rd largest city in New York State - 730 x 240

Number 1 most livable bargain market by MSN - 730 x 240

Alive at night. Rochester boasts a number of concert venues, grand theaters, and a thriving club scene - 730 x 240

A dynamic culture that adds to your experience.

With cultural events like the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and the world-famous Lilac Festival, it’s no wonder why Rochester was named one of the top 10 most livable cities in America. Plus, our pristine lakes and mountains let you boat, ski, hike, and bike all year round.

A world-class complex in your backyard.

College Town enhances our University neighborhood with a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere complete with restaurants, retailers, housing and hotel space, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and much more – all within safe walking distance of Simon Business School.

A showcase of history and culture.

The University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery offers a collection of over 12,000 pieces, from the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements. The Gallery’s permanent collection has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City.

A big-city feel with incredible access.

As New York State’s third-largest city, Rochester offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan city. With hundreds of shops, museums, restaurants, theaters, sporting events, and nightlife venues, there’s plenty to explore.

Find out more at VisitRochester:

Driving Distances to Rochester - Boston is 390 miles or 6 hrs 15 min - Chicago is 600 miles or 9 hrs 45 min - Cleveland is 260 miles or 4 hrs 10 min - New York City is 330 miles or 5 hrs 35 min - Philadelphia is 340 miles or 5 hrs 30 min - Toronto is 170 miles or 3 hrs - Washington, DC is 400 miles or 7 hrs.

Local Resources

Greater Rochester Visitors Association

Includes detailed descriptions, maps, directions, and streaming videos of the Rochester area's experiences. Whether you're in the mood for museum hopping or antique shopping, cultural pleasures or sporting adventures, scenic cruising or bargain choosing, history, mystery, artistry...when you visit Rochester you'll discover an exceptional place to indulge all your senses! Visit the Greater Rochester Visitors Association Web site.

Democrat & Chronicle

Daily newspaper for the city of Rochester and the surrounding area contains local news, sports, weather, entertainment guides, and classified ads. Visit the Democrat & Chronicle Web site.

City Newspaper

Rochester's alternative news weekly offers coverage of local politics, film reviews, and guides and calendars for the local music and arts scene. Visit the City Newspaper Web site.

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Information about cultural events—including exhibits, concerts, lectures, and dance--throughout the Rochester area (available by type, date, organization), as well as general information arts and cultural resources for the local community. Visit the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Rochester City Hall

Services/Programs, From the Mayor, City Search, About Rochester, Rochester Sights, Rochester Public Library. Visit the Rochester City Hall website.

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