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University of Rochester

Student life

The student body at the University of Rochester is both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. There are over 200 active Students' Association recognized groups on campus, which range from cultural dance groups to comedy club.

There are constantly events throughout the weekend that offer various things to do. You can take the bus down to the plaza and still go shopping. The city is relatively close, so you can always go there. There are movies that play on campus every weekend. There is also a bit of a party scene on campus. There are parties almost every weekend, so if that is your thing then you are in luck. 

The Campus

The main River Campus is the center of the university's academic and administrative activities. It is located in a bend of the Genesee River about 3 km south of downtown Rochester. It is bounded by Bausch & Lomb Riverside Park, a 7.3 ha public park along the east bank of the Genesee River. 

The UR campuses have their own University-sponsored system of buses, or shuttles, which provide free transportation from the River Campus to the Medical Center, South Campus, Eastman Campus, and Riverview. There are also lines that run between the River Campus and local shopping and entertainment in Henrietta and Pittsford. On the weekends, a shuttle loops to the Rochester Public Market, a student favorite.


The majority of undergraduate students at the university live and take classes on the River Campus. Underclassmen are generally required to live on campus while upperclassmen have the option to live off campus. Some graduate housing is provided by the university, but a significant number also live off campus. Housing is provided at multiple locations spread across the several campuses.

Career services

Rochester Career Center works with local, regional, national, and international employers to help connect them with the University of Rochester’s best and brightest. The university offers numerous ways for students to find job.

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University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States
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The University of Rochester's campus was originally in downtown Rochester at the United States Hotel, which was located on Buffalo Street near Elizabeth Street, which today is West Main Street near the I-490 overpass. In 1853, the campus moved east to a then-suburban location on what is now University Avenue.