Campus Life at Rochester
Make the most of your Rochester experience

Students, faculty, and staff hail from across the globe and every state in the United States to create an inspiring place to grow and learn. Rochester’s tight-knit campuses are connected to a city where creativity and ingenuity thrive.

Student life

Most University of Rochester students live on campus for all four years of their college experience, and take full advantage of the more than 275 student clubs and organizations.

Eastman School of Music move-in day


Whether they live on campus or off, our students make Rochester their home. Campus accommodations include residence halls, sororities and fraternities, apartments, and townhouses.

Artist painting a mural at University of Rochester

Organizations and clubs

Rochester students are bound to find the club, group, team, ensemble, kindred spirits, or common purpose that makes their time outside of classes meaningful.


Health and wellness

It’s important for our community members to look after their health and well-being, and have access to facilities and experts to help them achieve their goals.

Women's rowing team carrying boat to Genesee River at University of Rochester

Athletics, fitness, and recreation

We have a variety of sports leagues, athletic facilities, and fitness classes that can help you stay active.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion

We strive to live our values by ensuring all members of our community feel safe, respected, included, and valued.

Meliora signage at University of Rochester

Our Meliora Values

There are many resources available to students, faculty, and staff for support, intervention, training, and education.


The Rochester Yellowjackets

Our 23 varsity teams compete in both the Liberty League and University Athletic Association at the NCAA Division III level.

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Students, faculty, staff, and visitors have access to a wide range of dining options on our campuses and in nearby neighborhoods.

Students walking in front of Free dining hall food choices at University of Rochester

Locations, menus, and meal plans

From campus coffee shops to full-service restaurants, we believe in eating local whenever possible. That’s why more than 60 percent of items sold or served on campus are grown, raised, processed, or wholly manufactured within New York State. Check out our locations, menus, and meal plans.


Music, arts, and culture

We believe the creative, visual, and performing arts are integral to a well-rounded education and life.

Student band on stage performing

From classroom to stage

Rochester has a thriving arts and culture scene. From music and museums, to readings and productions, there’s so much to experience.


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