City of Rochester
Looking for choice? We've got it. Lots of it. And we have all the stuff you're used to in your own town. A handful of malls, grocery stores, and hundreds of restaurants. We're also no stranger to recognizable names like Hollister, Best Buy, Target, H&M, and Starbucks.
But what makes Rochester unique? Amongst those household names above, Rochester's marketplace offers smaller, eclectic entities that define the commerce and culture of the city—shops like The Record Archive (indie/punk/metal/hip-hop/pop on CD and vinyl, and tons of used CDs and DVDs), Parkleigh (an outrageous amount of unique gifts from local and international artists), Nick Tahou Hots (home of the original Garbage Plate; you have to see it to understand it), and Video Barn (an overwhelming selection of indie, foreign, horror, anime, arthouse, and more—right near campus!).
Like music? Rochester's music scene is highlighted by countless hardcore, hip-hop, metal, and jazz acts. With venues (from basements to arenas) all over the city bringing in area and national artists, there's never a shortage of live shows. One recent show brought Gym Class Heroes and Cute Is What We Aim For to the Water Street Music Hall.
How about film? This town is the birthplace of film. And rightfully so, filmmakers from every part of the globe come here for visiting-director series and film festivals. With unique and celebrated events ranging from the High Falls Film Festival (showcasing the work of established and emerging female filmmakers) to the ImageOut Festival (bringing films from gay and lesbian directors), Rochester never lets film lovers down. Thanks to The Little Theatre, just a short distance from campus, you won't miss the best of today's world and independent cinema. The Cinema Theater offers the only double-feature in town, at super-cheap prices.
As you can see, there's always plenty to do in Rochester. And we're just scratching the surface! Learn more from the brochure linked at the top of this page.