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Housing Arrangements

Rochester is a great place to live. Finding a suitable home is probably one of your primary concerns.

The University does not guarantee housing for visitors, nor does it provide placement services. But we’ve compiled resources to help you explore housing options in Rochester for the duration of your visit, including information about:

Below you will find more detailed information about housing options in the Rochester area. This list is a resource and guide for acquiring housing, but these are not recommendations.

Additional notes:

  • The distance and time from campus listed in the charts is based on the Regional Transit Service (RTS) route.
  • Housing costs vary depending on the neighborhood, residence condition, and amenities included. The cost of rent per month usually does not include utility expenses (i.e., electricity, heat, hot water, gas for cooking, telephone charges, parking, or furniture).
  • Most apartments are unfurnished, but there may be exceptions. Always ask the landlord to clarify.

Online Databases for Housing

Housing databases allow users to input housing specifications and then generate apartment, home, and rental property listings that match the indicated criteria.

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services maintains information on graduate student housing in addition to a self-serve housing database that offers students the convenience of searching for suitable off-campus housing opportunities. Students can also search for roommates on this search under “shared housing.”

Other Rochester-area housing databases include:


Apartment Complexes & Long-Term Housing

An apartment complex is a building or multiple buildings divided into several apartment units. Apartment complexes and townhome units are typically rented for longer periods of time.

Apartment ComplexPrice Range/MonthDeposit# of Bedrooms# of BathroomsDistance from River CampusTransportationLease Terms
Mt. Hope Lofts$1450 - $2040$500Studio – Two1 - 21.6 Miles12 min walk +
7 min bus
12 Month
Elmwood Manor$795 - $14651 Month’s RentOne - Two1 – 21.1 Miles8 min walk
+ 17 min bus
12 Month
The Button Lofts$765 - $26001 Month’s RentOne - Two1 – 1.51.9 Miles4 min walk
+ 46 min bus
6 – 18 month
Clintwood Apartments$810 - $10201 Month’s RentStudio - Two11.4 Miles5 min walk
+20 min bus
12 Month
Erie Harbor$1100 - $2100$500
($99 for Town Houses)
One - Two1 - 21.6 Miles11 min walk
+16 min bus
12 Month
Rustic Village$895 - $11101 Month's RentOne - Two1 - 23.5 Miles5 min walk
+ 24 min bus
Month to Month
Cornhill$830 - $1290$500One - Three1 - 21.8 Miles5 min walk
+ 16 min bus
12 Month

Short-Term Housing & Hotels

Short-term housing options are typically furnished and offer tenants the option of short-term housing arrangements or leases.

Short Term HousingPrice Range/ Night# of Bedrooms# of BathroomsDistance from River CampusTransportation
Staybridge SuitesAvg $150Studio - Two1 - 2.05 Miles
10 Minutes
10 min walk
No bus
Hilton Garden InnAvg $149One11.6 Miles
27 Minutes
13 min walk
+ 14 bus
Courtyard MarriottAvg $164One13.4 Miles
30 Minutes
15 min walk
+ 15 bus
Hyatt RegencyAvg $131One - Two1 - 22.7 Miles
26 Minutes
12 min walk
+ 14 min bus
Strathallan DoubleTree HotelAvg $214One - Two13.3 Miles
44 Minutes
4 Min Walk
+40 min bus

Additional Housing Options

David Knoll manages 32 properties (50 units) in the Rochester area, often rented to international visitors. He offers short- and long-term leases on apartments, homes, and room rentals. Room rentals start at $375, with all-inclusive rent and utility fees.

For more information, contact him at rental.property.management@gmail.com or +1 (585) 235-6385.


Questions To Ask the Landlord or Property Manager

  • How long is the lease and what is the penalty for breaking it?
  • Are utilities included in the rent? How do I transfer them to my name?
  • How is the apartment heated? How much is the average heating bill?
  • Does the unit have existing Internet access? If not, which company is the recommended provider for this area?
  • Does the kitchen have a stove and refrigerator?
  • Where are the nearest laundry facilities?
  • Is the neighborhood noisy? Where is the best place to park?
  • Does the house contain lead paint (a danger to children under 6)?

Know your rights! The New York State Attorney General’s Office publishes the Tenant’s Rights Guide (PDF) to help renters in New York.


Housing Questions or Concerns?

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services for Off-Campus Housing can help you with:

  • Understanding the rental process in the U.S.
  • Locating and touring suitable neighborhoods
  • Advising services

Contact the coordinator for off-campus living at offcampus@resslife.rochester.edu or +1 (585) 275-3166.

View more information on off-campus housing in Rochester, including tips and guides for living off-campus and a housing safety checklist.


Glossary of Housing Terms

Amenities
The conveniences offered by a landlord to a tenant, usually a desirable or useful feature.
Application Fee
A fee charged to process an application. Paying the application fee does not guarantee approval.
Condo/Condominium
An apartment that is owned by an individual(s) in a building where the shared or common parts of the property—such as the grounds and building structure—are owned jointly by all the individual apartment owners in the building.
Co-Signer
A co-signer agrees to share responsibility for the lease. A co-signer might be the person you’re sharing the apartment with or a family member who agrees to co-sign to help your rental application get approval from a prospective landlord. If you have bad cr