Urban exploration 101

Welcome to college and a brand new city. Chances are you moved to Rochester and now have an opportunity to carve out a new home for the next four years — five years, if you're like me.

Scenic Rochester

Rochester can sometimes be a drab place. Our winters are incessantly cold, and the other seasons can certainly seem painfully short in comparison. But despite this, the area is also a place with a rich, unique history and landscape. In our warmer months, going off the beaten path a bit can offer some wonderful sightseeing. To get you started, here's some of the best and brightest spots to soak up some views during your time in Rochester.

Getting Off Campus

Every new student has heard college is the best four years of their lives. But a campus can soon begin to feel more like a prison than a place for growth.

Food, room, and attitude

The flat flavors and lack of autonomy inherent to campus dining is enough to deter some from the dorms and meal halls. But college can also be seen as an introduction to a smaller-scale, down-to-earth style of living.

Campus curiosities

With numerous area colleges, many of them more than a century old, it's easy to expect a few campus curiosities and legends to develop over time. Things like cavernous abandoned indoor pools, lucky albino rodents, and mysterious Underground Railroad tunnels have become part of the character of their campuses and the stories work their way into campus life.

Standing out

STEM majors still see a lack of female students
When Marissa Adams, a University of Rochester alumna, is asked to talk about her major, she's hesitant to answer. Adams graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and will return to UR as a graduate student this fall.

Upcoming events

College life will probably keep you pretty busy. But there's lots going on in and around Rochester all year long, so you'll want to put aside the books every once in a while and get off campus.


Beauty Gives Back! @ Scott Miller

Beauty Gives Back! @ Scott Miller

A portion of the evening's sales will be donated to Action Front...
EvenOdd Opening Party @ Hungerford Building

EvenOdd Opening Party @ Hungerford Building

Annual Bakery Open House @ Turk Hill Craft School

Sponsored by The Bread Bakers Guild of America...

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Popular Events

  • Xerox International Jazz Festival @ Downtown Rochester

    • June 23-July 1
  • 2017 Paws Under the Dome Dog Show @ Dome Fair & Expo

    • Fri., June 23, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., June 24, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., June 25, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Zoo Brew @ Seneca Park Zoo

    • Fri., June 23, 5:30-9 p.m., Fri., July 21, 5:30-9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 11, 5:30-9 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 8, 5:30-9 p.m. $8- $10
  • EvenOdd Opening Party @ Hungerford Building

    • Fri., June 23, 6-9 p.m.
  • Have a Ball Exhibit Opening Celebration @ The Strong National Museum of Play

    • Sat., June 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., June 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $14.50

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