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Trainee Handbook—Living in Rochester

Find answers to many of your questions about living in Rochester on the following websites:

The third-largest urban area in the state of New York, Rochester is a port city on Lake Ontario, situated in Western New York. The greater metropolitan area has about 1.1 million residents. Rochester is located within a 400-mile radius of 14 northeastern states, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Toronto. It is the western gateway to the Finger Lakes region, and part of the country’s longest scenic byway, the Seaway Trail.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Rochester is a stimulating and progressive metropolitan community. Because of its moderate size and friendly people, it is easy to live, work and play here. Throughout our four seasons, Rochester offers a full array of cultural, outdoor and spectacular sports options, including:

Rochester is also known for its:

  • Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding
  • Nationally ranked golf courses
  • Professional baseball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams

Rochester is also a remarkably affordable place to live and offers a wide variety of housing options. You can choose to live in a neighborhood right next to the University or in a nearby suburb or small town. Visit our Housing Information page to learn more.