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Student Life

Your Rochester experience goes beyond the classroom

We’re here to help you make the most of your University of Rochester experience.

We’ve compiled some resources below that are focused on graduate students. However, you can explore a general overview of campus life, and discover what makes Rochester unique.

We also recommend downloading the UR Mobile app, which provides on-the-go access to the latest updates, events, resources like campus maps, and more.

Housing and transportation

There are on-campus solutions and off-campus housing support available for our graduate student community. And, if you need help getting around campus, we’ve compiled some helpful transportation and parking resources.

On-campus housing

The University maintains three on-campus apartment complexes that serve graduate students, medical students, and postgraduate trainees. These are Whipple Park, Goler House, and University Park.

Each complex is staffed with Graduate Community Assistants (GCAs) to assist new residents, provide activities, and to help foster a community atmosphere.

Visit the Office of Residential Life website, which is a helpful starting point to understanding your housing options. Or, if you need more assistance, contact the Office of Residential Life.

Off-campus housing

Visit the Off-Campus Living Program page for additional support, including getting help finding a home and finding roommates.

Parking and transportation

The Department of Transportation and Parking Management is your go-to resource for parking support on-campus.

Log into the Parking Portal to purchase a pass, view any citations, and change your vehicle details.

You can also navigate around campus using University shuttles and buses. See the shuttle schedule, and reference the City of Rochester bus services website.

If you’re planning on bringing a bicycle to campus, visit the biking page to see rules, access maps, understand where you can ride and park your bike, and more.

Health and wellness support services

The health and well-being of our graduate community is a crucial part of our mission. We know that there are unique stresses and challenges associated with graduate study. The University resources below are ready to help.

For general medical resources and care, you can visit University Health Services.

Emergency support

If you need emergency mental health support, crisis resources are available 24/7 through the University Counseling Center.

Public Safety can help in the event of a crime or other emergency.

Health insurance coverage for PhD students

In an update sent to our PhD students, University leadership announced that single-payer health insurance coverage has been expanded to all full-time PhD students across the institution. Explore our frequently asked questions to learn more.

Mental health support

The University Counseling Center many support services available, including

The CARE Network also lets you submit a support request, whether it’s for yourself or for a fellow peer that you think might be struggling with mental health issues, or academic, familial, financial, or other concerns.

Mindful University is a wellness initiative aiming to create a more mindful and compassionate community around campus.

International student support

Adjusting to academic life for international students can be particularly challenging. The International Services Office (ISO) has dedicated resources that can help, including cultural adjustment support.

Explore the ISO services that are available

Conflict management

The Center for Student Conflict Management can help students work through conflict resolution processes between students, providing facilitators if needed.

In addition, the University Ombuds office can also help resolve problems, including departmental and workplace-related issues.

Basic needs support

The Basic Needs Hub connects students with critical resources—like food, clothing, and housing—during urgent times of need.

Visit the Basic Needs Hub

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

There are a variety of departments and services whose goal is to ensure equal representation and access across all of our campuses. Learn more and find links in the drop-downs below.

Institutional Office of Equity and Inclusion (IOEI)

IOEI helps illustrate our commitment to creating an inclusive community. Specific resources provided by this office include:

Visit the IOEI website

Sexual misconduct and Title IX

The Title IX website provides support services and help if you have experienced sex or gender discrimination.

Disability resources

The Office of Disability Resources ensures equal access for students to academic content and program requirements.

Intercultural center

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center helps promote cultural awareness, and creates a collaborative and inclusive community.

Academic support

The Learning Center provides tutoring and academic resources to ensure a diverse and equitable learning community.

Diversity-related student groups
School-specific diversity, equity, and inclusion contacts
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