Off Campus: Rochester, NY
Discover. Explore. Relax. High-tech industry, history and culture, entertainment, recreation—you’ll find all of these and more in Rochester. Students from 11 colleges and universities, four of which are within five miles of RIT, add spirit and style to the area.
The RIT campus is about six miles from downtown Rochester—just minutes away if you want to explore and enjoy the city’s entertainment, cultural, and employment opportunities. If you’re seeking a dynamic environment, Rochester offers a perfect setting—it’s large enough to provide the dining and night life opportunities you might expect in a bigger city, yet small and friendly enough to be inviting and accessible. In fact, Rochester was rated sixth overall in the “best places to live” category by Places Rated Almanac.
High-tech, communications, optics, research, and manufacturing companies, including many Fortune 500 companies, choose Rochester as their base of operations. The city has more than 4,000 exporting companies. Xerox Corp., Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Paychex Inc., Frontier Corp., Eastman Kodak Co., and other national and international firms make Rochester a great place to learn about the world of business. In addition, these firms and other Rochester companies offer excellent co-op and permanent employment opportunities.
The Genesee River—one of the few north-flowing rivers in the world—cuts through the center of the city, where it tumbles 96 feet straight down at High Falls before continuing on to Lake Ontario, easternmost of North America’s Great Lakes. The greater Rochester area is home to more than 1 million people, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in New York state.
For $10 or less, you can:
- Catch five movies ($2 each) at Movies 10
- Have a cappuccino at Spot Coffee
- See a band at Water Street Music Hall
- Eat a “garbage plate” at Nick Tahou’s
- See a Red Wings baseball game at Frontier Field
- Enjoy some Abbott’s frozen custard
- See a CineMagic film at the Planetarium
- Order BBQ ribs at Sticky Lips
- Visit the Seneca Park Zoo
- Take a ride on the Erie Canal
- Eat a pizza at Brandani’s
- Watch a laser light show at High Falls
- Visit museums, galleries, and more
Plenty to do
Entertainment comes in many forms in Rochester. From a performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the fabulous Eastman Theatre to a poetry reading at Java’s Café to a soccer match at Sahlen’s Stadium, there’s sure to be something to suit you. Highlights for many students include visits to Seneca Park Zoo, Geva Theatre, Seabreeze Amusement Park, The Strong National Museum of Play, Memorial Art Gallery, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center, and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. You’ll find an exciting selection of art galleries, cinemas, theaters, comedy clubs, restaurants, concert halls, and nightclubs featuring live music and dancing.
With eight professional sports teams, Rochester has been rated the best minor- league sports market. The Rochester Americans (ice hockey), Red Wings (baseball), Knighthawks and Rattlers (indoor and outdoor lacrosse, respectively), Rhinos (soccer), RazorSharks (basketball), Rochester Raiders (indoor football), and Empire State Roar (Western New York’s only women’s professional football) are cheered on by their enthusiastic hometown fans.
Throughout Rochester you’ll find tree-lined streets; historic architecture; summer festivals; and plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options to fit a student budget. You also can experience some of the flavor of Rochester in the nearby villages and towns, many of which are located on the historic Erie Canal. Nature lovers will find parks, beaches, mountains, gorges, lakes, and streams that provide year-round outdoor recreation and sightseeing. And let’s not forget golf courses: Rochester is one of the Top 40 Best Golf Towns in America, according to Golf Magazine.
You’re within six hours by car of New York City, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Montreal, and much closer than that to Niagara Falls and Toronto.