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2015 RARES cards are not yet available

2014 RARES card will be honored until further notice. Please watch this page and @Rochester for updates!

Employee Discounts

The University of Rochester is a member of RARES - the Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association. As an employee of the University of Rochester you are a member of RARES and RARES offers you a unique way to obtain significant discounts as a benefit of your employment.

RARES is a not-for-profit organization chartered in 1983 to assist in offering employee benefits and discounts on area products and services to its membership. There are over 400 discounts available to you. Some local discounts, such as those available at the Genesee Country Village, Dunn Tire, Geva Theatre Center, RMSC and the George Eastman House are available just by showing the RARES ID.

Dozens of other discounts are available on amusement parks (Darien Lake, Roseland Waterpark, Sterling Renaissance Festival, Hershey Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, Cedar Point and over 65 others), car rentals, hotels, online shopping and more. For example, you can save 20% on Alamo rental cars and a discount at any day of the year. All you have to do is visit,, and enter the ID # on your RARES ID card to learn how to take advantage of these regional and national discounts. Your RARES ID card will often get you discounts greater than those offered at Wegmans and in many cases equal to or greater than AAA or AARP. And best of all, you pay nothing for the card.

Some discounts, such as many amusement park, Delta Sonic and Buckmans car wash & Cinemark and Lowes movie discounts are available through tickets that have to be purchased in advance. Tickets which you may have previously obtained at University locations (including movie tickets, car wash tickets, amusement park tickets, etc) are now available ONLY through the RARES office. Individuals as well as departments may order in any quantity. Order forms for ordering by mail are available on-line at the RARES web site. Checks or money orders are accepted for payment. Or you may also order on-line using RARES on-line web store and any major credit card. Just click on the ordering button you see at the top of any page for more information.

Visit the RARES web-site!

We encourage you to visit the RARES website for the latest information on available discounts. The University of Rochester has been assigned a unique membership ID# which allows UR employees to access the website and find out information about RARES, download forms, etc. Our ID# is 20148269. RARES cards with our ID number can be picked up at several University locations (see right hand side of this page). Visit the RARES website at and enter the UR membership # in the Membership ID box in the upper left of the home page. This will take you to a page designed for members only where you can search for discounts alphabetically or by category.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the RARES office at 585-789-0223, or email

The RARES Newsletter contains weekly updates of the savings and opportunities available.

Requests for tickets can be made directly to the RARES office at 585-789-0223 or

UR RARES Card Distribution Locations

    SMH Cashier’s Office
    Room 1-1399

College Town:
    44 Celebration Drive
    Suite 2300

River Campus:
    Human Resources Office
    Wallis Hall, Room 33A

Brooks Landing:
    HR Service Center
    Suite 100
    910 Genesee Street

Eastman School of Music:
    Information Window
    26 Gibbs Street

East River Road:
    Laboratory for Laser Energetics
    Administrative Suite

    271 - Facilities
    Marie Torrens - Room 218

    300 - Advancement
    Concierge Desk
    Ground Floor, AAC

Memorial Art Gallery:
    Administration – Ann
    500 University Ave., 2nd Floor

Cards can also be requested via e-mail by sending a request to:
They will be mailed to you via intramural mail. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR INTRAMURAL BOX NUMBER in your request and allow 7 business days for processing.

Print temporary cards from the RARES website