We are so excited to welcome you to the University of Rochester community! This website is designed to give you the most useful and up to date information to help you prepare for your arrival in Rochester. Please check this site frequently for updates and important information.
Your International Student Mentor
All new international students and other students from abroad will automatically be matched with an international student mentor. You will be contacted by your International Student Mentor by email this summer. Your mentor is going to help you transition to the UR, Rochester and the U.S.! They will be like your big brother or big sister on campus. This summer please email any of the mentors with your questions or just to say “Hi!”. Meet our 2015 International Student Mentors >
International Student Move-in Day
August 23, 2015
Please arrive on Sunday, August 23, 2015 between 9am and 4pm to participate in all early arrival services. If you are unable to arrive during this time please see the Early Arrivals or Late Arrivals section below
Arriving by plane
Transportation will be provided from the airport all day on August 23. International Student Mentors will meet you in the baggage claim area to assist you. The shuttle bus will take you directly to your Area Residential Office for room check-ins.
Arriving by car, taxi or hotel shuttle
Please go directly to your Area Residential Office to check-in to your room. Please note that your Area Residential Office may not be located in your Residence Hall. International Student Mentors will be there to help you with your luggage and direct you to your hall.
After moving in to your room you will be guided by International Student Mentors to the "Mini-EXPO" to get your Student ID, meet University Health Services and visit other essential services. There will be a bus to take students shopping in the afternoon.
Move-in Day Events (August 23)
- Immigration check-in with International Services Office (ISO) in Rettner Hall
- Mini-EXPO - Obtain ID cards and other essential services
- Welcome Dinner for international students and families
- Reception for Parents and Families
- Meet your International Student Mentor
International Student Orientation (August 24)
- International Student Orientation with International Services Office (MANDATORY)
- Optional international parents programming (more information will be posted here closer to event date)
- Evening activities with International Student Mentors
International Student Orientation (August 25)
- Social Security Card Instructions & Procedures with International Services Office
Early Arrivals (BEFORE August 23)
If you are unable to arrive on August 23, please arrive a day early and make arrangements to stay at a local hotel. If you are interested in sharing a hotel room with another new student please contact your mentor. Many of the local hotels offer shuttle services from the airport and the University or can arrange a taxi for you to get to campus on August 23. Please see Arriving by car, taxi or hotel shuttle section above for further information. Please note: You are NOT permitted to move in to your room before August 23.
Late Arrivals (AFTER August 24)
Please go directly to your Area Residential Office to check-in to your room. Please note that your Area Residential Office may not be located in your Residence Hall. Join the orientation activities as quickly as possible. See Orientation section above.
Student Advantage Card - Many International Students have found this card useful to receive Amtrak (train) and Greyhound (bus) discounts! We recommend waiting until you arrive at UR to order your card so it will be shipped faster to your U.S. address on campus (CPU Box).
Order your dorm "pak" today through this link! Various paks include bed sheets, towels and more, all in one convenient package shipped directly to the University of Rochester. Because international students are traveling from overseas, your dorm pak will be delivered to your dorm room by our international student mentors before your arrival! We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful service so you won't need to shop for essentials during orientation.