With over 250 student-run clubs, an extensive athletic center, and nightly events, Rochester’s campus rarely slows down. Most students love it so much that they decide to live on campus all four years.


Aside from its proximity to classes, the library, and University events, campus housing gives students the chance to meet others and participate in school-sponsored activities.

Affinity Housing
Affinity themes include quiet-study, substance-free, co-ed by random room (male and female rooms on the same floor with separate bath facilities), etc.

Special Interest Housing
For upperclassmen seeking to integrate their interests with their daily lives, this housing includes the Music Interest Floor, Drama House, Computer Interest Floor, and the Tiernan Project (community and University service).

Greek Housing
Fraternity and sorority membership is a lifestyle option for undergraduate students. Approximately 22% of the students at the University of Rochester belong to Greek-letter organizations and have the option of living in chapter houses or special interest residential areas on and off campus.


The dining options on campus truly fit the college lifestyle. Whether you’re grabbing a cup of coffee on the way to class, eating a slice of pizza after a late-night study session, or catching up with friends at Sunday brunch, Rochester has many options to suit your needs. All these different dining options are included in a comprehensive meal plan, which can be accessed with a swipe of your ID card. Learn more about dining services.

The Commons
The Commons in Wilson Commons offers a variety of lunch and dinner options, ranging from sandwiches to sushi, pizza to pulled pork, and bagels to burritos.

If you’re looking for a traditional, buffet-style dining hall, Danforth is the place for you. It’s conveniently located in one of the freshman dorms, Susan B. Anthony Hall.

Douglass Dining Center
Douglass Dining Center offers a rotating daily menu and gluten-free breads and kosher items.

Hillside Market
Right next door to Danforth is Hillside Market, offering an espresso shop, grocery items, hot food, and much more. It’s open late for students up late studying or hanging out with friends.

The Meliora Restaurant
Students and professors alike enjoy the atmosphere at the Meliora, where you can enjoy a classy sit-down meal. Not only do they have great daily specials for lunch, but real tablecloths and silverware.


Rochester participates in Division III of the NCAA and is in the University Athletic Association and the Liberty League. The University has a wide variety of varsity, club, and intramural sports, giving students the opportunity to compete against other schools, improve their skills, and build lasting connections with other students. The main athletics facilities on campus are the Goergen Athletic Center and Fauver Stadium.

Varsity Sports
The following sports are offered at the varsity level:

  • Baseball (men’s)
  • Basketball (men’s and women’s)
  • Cross-country (men’s and women’s)
  • Field hockey (women’s)
  • Football (men’s)
  • Golf (men’s)
  • Lacrosse (women’s)
  • Rowing (women’s)
  • Soccer (men’s and women’s)
  • Softball (women’s)
  • Squash (men’s)
  • Swimming & diving (men’s and women’s)
  • Tennis (men’s and women’s)
  • Track & field (men’s and women’s)
  • Volleyball (women’s)

Club Sports
Club sports allow athletes to compete against other schools without the pressure of conference competition.

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Ice Hockey (men’s and women’s)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men’s)
  • Outing
  • Quidditch
  • Recreational Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rugby (men’s and women’s)
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Soccer (men’s and women’s)
  • Squash (men’s and women’s)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men’s and women’s)
  • Volleyball (men’s and women’s)
  • Wado Ryu Karate
  • Water Polo

Intramural Sports
For those athletes who want to play for the sheer love of the sport, intramurals provide a great opportunity to get exercise and to compete in a more casual environment.

  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Futsal
  • Kickball
  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & Culture

With music from a cappella to orchestral, dance groups from ballet to hip-hop, and a wide variety of theatre and visual arts, Rochester has an exciting arts and culture scene.

Students interested in dance and performance can take advantage of many opportunities at Rochester in addition to watching dancers and performance groups that visit the University. The following student organizations focus on dance:

Students have many opportunities to enjoy music at Rochester. The Eastman School of Music has community and student events and offers private music and voice lessons, and the River Campus hosts many student music groups, including:

The International Theatre Program aims to offer students a comprehensive introduction to the performance aspects and technical demands of theatre by producing four major productions every year. There is a campus theatre and several campus student organizations focused on theatre:


Part of what makes the Rochester experience so fun and memorable is the host of rich campus traditions here.

Boar’s Head Dinner
Modeled on a celebration held at Queen’s College in Oxford. Costumed faculty, administrators, and student leaders as well as University-wide participants enjoy a medieval-style celebration and meal just before winter break.

Dandelion Day
Held at the end of spring classes, Dandelion Day is a day for students, faculty, and staff to bring their entire families to this on-campus carnival. Aside from rides, games, and food, the Campus Activities Board schedules a performance from a major music group.

Meliora Weekend
This tradition arose following the University’s highly successful Sesquicentennial celebration in 2000. The annual event combines Homecoming, Reunion, Family Weekend, and the Stonehurst Capital Regatta with activities that include top-notch entertainment, a festive atmosphere, and informational seminars by both University and outside experts speaking on a variety of topics,

Wilson Day
A University-wide community service project, more than 900 freshmen, staff, faculty, and alumni go into the Rochester area on the Friday before classes and perform a variety of community service projects. The day was named Wilson Day in memory of late Joseph C. Wilson, the president of Xerox, a University graduate (Class of 1931) and trustee, and one of the University’s greatest benefactors.

Green Campus

The University of Rochester is committed to supporting sustainability initiatives that promote green living on campus and in the community. Students interested in green issues will find lots of ways to get involved at Rochester. Learn more about student sustainability groups on campus!