Life At RIT
Whether you're flying in for Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend or driving to campus for an informal day with your student, it's a good idea to plan ahead. RIT has many campus-wide events throughout the year that you might want to attend. However, if these don't fit into your or your student's schedule, don't worry—there are likely many things going on around campus or in Rochester any weekend of the year. Students are often happy showing parents their surroundings and getting off campus for a nice dinner, so there is not always a need for extensive planning. Be sure to talk to your student so you don't visit at a bad time (like the weekend prior to a midterm), and if you're coming over a major campus event, reserve a room ahead of time. Below are some resources that will help you plan your RIT visit.
Here is a convenient list of hotels near RIT and Rochester. All hotels marked with an asterisk have special rates for RIT visitors.
Parking on Campus
All visitors to campus must stop by Welcome Center (located on Lomb Memorial Drive past the round-about) to obtain a guest parking pass, which should be displayed on your dashboard. Visitors can park in any visitor space or general parking space not restricted by signs for other users. Parking lots are noted on the campus maps.
Find printable and interactive campus maps on the Facilities and Parking website.
Things To Do
The Center for Orientation and Transition compiled a list of local attractions, festivals, restaurants, outdoor recreation, and more for your visit. You can also browse non-RIT websites for things to do in Rochester, including Visit Rochester, I Love NY, City of Rochester events, and Trip Advisor.
Be sure to check out events happening on campus when you are planning your visit!