As the weather warms, I am reminded how much I love living in Rochester. The winters are long, but that makes Rochesterians appreciate the spring and summer that much more. Rochester’s walkable neighborhoods and beautiful parks make it easy to appreciate the wonders of spring, the long days of summer, and the stunning fall colors. When you are making the decision to move to Rochester, figuring out where to live is key to making the most out of your time here.
This is part one of a three part guide to living in Rochester.
Part One: University of Rochester Housing
Graduate University Housing Options
The University offers a limited amount of housing for graduate students: University Park, Whipple Park, and Goler House. Goler House is closest to the River campus – a 10-15 minute walk away. It includes studios, one and two-bedroom furnished and unfurnished apartments and is located within the Rochester city limits. University Park is a 15-minute walk from the River campus and has studio, one and two-bedroom unfurnished apartments within the Rochester city limits. The University Park complex is surrounded by lawns and adjacent to the Erie Canal. Whipple Park is across the canal and also in a wooded area, but is in the Rush-Henrietta school district. Whipple Park is best for families with its two-three bedroom townhouses.
Applicants must apply to a lottery for this housing by May 5, 2015, submitted with a non-refundable $40 application fee. Check out the website for more information: http://www.rochester.edu/reslife/graduate/index.html
Pros and Cons
Living in university housing is affordable and provides a safe environment for you and your family. The proximity to campus can’t be beat and the location near the canal and the Genesee Valley Park makes it perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Also, Graduate Community Assistants arrange group activities to help create a warm environment for students.
These housing complexes are relatively close to the new College Town development with lots of restaurants and retail. However, because of the somewhat overpowering presence of the Medical Center nearby, it can feel a little like you live in a university bubble and perhaps a bit disconnected from the larger Rochester community.