Ranked as one of the Northeast’s 10 “Best Places to Live in America” by Money magazine, Rochester has also been listed as one of the “Most Livable Cities” in America by Partners for Livable Communities, a rating based on Rochester’s education and technology-focused economy, recreational opportunities, and historic neighborhoods. There is a thriving arts and entertainment scene, fueled in part by the UR’s own Eastman School of Music and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. There is a wide variety of affordable housing within easy distance of campus, and the surrounding countryside offers great opportunities for recreation.
The greater Rochester area is home to 1 million people, including 80,000 students who attend its 8 colleges and universities. It is home to Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, and many other high tech companies. Housing is incredibly affordable, and many of its public school districts are among the best in the nation. It is easy to get to other places, too: Rochester International Airport has direct flights to major cities, including Boston, New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC, Tampa, and many others, and you can travel by car or train to Toronto in about 3 hours and to New York City in about 6 hours.