As New York’s third most populous city and one of America’s first “boom” towns, Rochester boasts a metropolitan atmosphere that’s ripe with innovative spirit. Top research centers at the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology keep the city on the cutting edge of new developments. Nearby Lake Ontario and the Genesee River set off the beauty of the Rochester skyline. With the lowest real estate prices in the state of New York, Rochester has an abundance of options for the discerning university student looking for a place to call home.
Since the University of Rochester is located near the artsy district of the city, students don’t need to look far to find accommodations they love that bring together the best of university and city life. Reliable campus shuttles, reasonable pricing, and convenience are three more reasons many UR students look to off campus housing.
The closest area for students is in the 19th ward and PLEX, two neighborhoods next to campus just across the Genesee River. Both communities are student dominated and affordable, making them particularly appealing to upperclassmen who are familiarized with the city. The distance is walkable in good weather, although shuttles also run back and forth from campus daily.
Also nearby is the Strong Memorial Hospital neighborhood, where students and hospital staff often live.
Others choose to live downtown, where prices are higher but nightlife, dining, and shopping are more readily available. It’s important to secure parking and/or shuttle passes however, as frosty winters make walking and biking seasonal ventures in Rochester.
The College Town development area offers a nice in-between for students who want a youth culture in their facilities but still desire nearness to the amenities of downtown.
With so many options to choose from, students should plan to shop around, and expect to find a living situation tailor-made to suit their needs.