City of Rochester

Just over 1,000,000 people live and play in the metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs. With the entertainment and culture of a big city, you’ll have no trouble finding a place that suits your interests, no matter how narrow.

Avant-garde jazz performances, international cinema, cooperative markets, art galleries, independent record stores, boutiques, big box retailers, and ethnic eateries—it’s all here.

Places Rated Almanac ranked Rochester one of the “Top 10 Places to live in the U.S.”

Rochester Every Day (RED)
An entrepreneurial project by UR students, RED not only encourages you to get into the city, but also offers discounts at over 150 local businesses. Here are a handful of student favorites.

• Aaron’s Alley
• ABVI Goodwill Stores
• Abbott’s Frozen Custard
• Absolute Yoga Services
• Abundance Cooperative Market
• Bowl-A-Roll Lanes
• California Rollin’ Sushi Bar
• Clover Lanes
• Complete-Paintball, Inc.
• Computers, Etc.
• Freewheelers Bike Shop
• Godiva’s Clothing Store
• Lakeshore Record Exchange
• Little Theatre
• Mark’s Pizzeria
• Men-tality Clothing
• Mercury Posters & Framing
• Michelina’s Italian Eatery
• Ming’s Noodles
• Rochester Americans (Amerks)
• Rochester Knighthawks
• Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
• RockVentures
• Salena’s Mexican Restaurant
• Savory Thyme Catering & Takeout
• Thai Taste
• ZipCar

Where do Rochester students hang out?
Among many others…
• Jines Restaurant
• Charlie’s Frog Pond
• The King & I Cuisine of Thailand
• Java’s Cafe
• Spot Coffee
• Summer festivals
(Park Ave, Corn Hill, Lilac Festival)
• Memorial Art Gallery
• Eastman Theatre
(Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
• Golden Port Dim Sum
• Alexandria’s Mediterranean Cuisine
• Aladdin’s Natural Eatery
• Little Theatre
• Strong National Museum of Play
• Seabreeze Amusement Park
• Seneca Park Zoo
• Trips to Canada
• The Finger Lakes
• Farmers’ Markets/Rochester Public Market