Graduate Studies

The Rochester Area

Ithaca Falls, about 40 minutes from downtown Rochester.

The greater Rochester Metropolitan area numbers nearly 1,000,000 people. This area includes many cinemas, a wide range of restaurants, local theater and dance groups, a Philharmonic Orchestra, several museums and art galleries, countless musical ensembles associated with the Eastman School of Music, numerous athletic facilities and sporting events, and ample shopping opportunities. Rochester's location by Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Finger Lakes region provides an excellent setting for winter and water sports and proximity to outstanding parks with forests, gorges, beaches and waterfalls.

One of the 40 most wired cities in America, Rochester is home to Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, and the Xerox Corporation.

An abundance of information about the Rochester area is available online.

In addition to online news and classifieds, the Digital Edition of Rochester's local newspaper, The Democrat and Chronicle, maintains a guide profiling various aspects of city living. There is also a section in partnership with, listing area rental information.

Quiet residential neighborhoods and a bustling nightlife can be found after dark.  Here, the University library stands in the foreground. is a local one-stop listing for events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs, and more.

For local government information, including pages about the area's parks, visit City of Rochester, and Monroe County, NY.

Other local guides include @rochester,, and Rochester Online.

See what our current graduate students think about Rochester.