Rochester skyline.

Life in Rochester

The third most populous city in New York, Rochester sits on the Genesee River between Lake Ontario and the Erie Canal. With 19 colleges and universities and 62,000 college students, the Rochester region has a reputation for higher education, and is a natural center for college life.

Rochester, the third largest urban area in New York, is only six miles from campus – offering recreation, exploration, and fun!

Rochester, the third largest urban area in New York, is only six miles from campus – offering recreation, exploration, and fun!

Life at Fisher gives you easy access to life in Rochester, centered around educational, service, and career-building opportunities, along with a wide selection of cultural and recreational activities.

Recreation

Coffee houses, night clubs, movie theaters, and malls are only the beginning of the opportunities for adventure in Rochester. Take a ride around town and experience the parks, live comedy shows, and various small town shops that make Rochester unique.

Restaurants

If you get tired of the delicious all-you-can-eat buffet offered on campus, don't worry. Fisher is only a few miles away from some of the best restaurants in Rochester. From accessible fast food joints to fabulous gourmet dining, you will never have to worry about pulling an all-nighter on an empty stomach.

Grab some friends for a movie at the Little Theatre, enjoy live music at Water Street Music Hall,  or take your pick of local sports. All this and more is just minutes from campus.

Grab some friends for a movie at the Little Theatre, enjoy live music at Water Street Music Hall, or take your pick of local sports. All this and more is just minutes from campus.

Theatre and Music

Fisher is a short distance away from the famous Geva Theater, where you can enjoy performances such as "Death of a Salesman" or "Camelot." If you are a music fan and need somewhere to go after Fisher's on-campus open-mic-night, the Blue Cross Arena and the Rochester Auditorium Theatre are easy to get to from campus and host the big name bands that will keep you in tune.

Museums and Culture

Trace the historic landscapes around Fisher's campus and throughout the city of Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery or the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. Visit the Rochester Museum and Science Center or be a kid again at the Strong National Museum of Play. Walk in the footsteps of Susan B. Anthony, national crusader for women's rights.

Professional Sports

Rochester is the home town for various sports teams that compete all year long. Drive five minutes to Frontier Field, the Red Wings' ball park, or take a walk towards Fisher's football stadium and watch the Buffalo Bills prepare for their upcoming season during summer training camp. Head down to Sahlen's Stadium to cheer on the Rochester Rhinos soccer team.

If you like jazz, flowers, artwork, sidewalk eats, and fun crowds, Rochester has a festival for you. On the list - Park Avenue Festival, Jazz Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, and Lilac Festival.

If you like jazz, flowers, artwork, sidewalk eats, and fun crowds, Rochester has a festival for you. On the list - Park Avenue Festival, Jazz Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, and Lilac Festival.

Festivals

Take part in one of the many festivals Rochester offers. Enjoy outdoor activities that include jazz music, flower bouquets, or an assortment of art collections. Fisher is conveniently located close to the diverse activities in town.

Internships

As the home of such nationally known businesses as Wegmans, Bausch and Lomb, and Paychex, this city makes an ideal site for internships. Fisher students—often with the support of local alumni—connect with companies throughout Rochester to gain valuable experience. And students in nearly every discipline find service-learning opportunities that enhance their course work.

Area Hotels

Friends and family have numerous four-star hotels to choose from while they visit you in Rochester. From the quiet bed and breakfast to the luxury spa, your visitors will find exactly what they need close to Fisher's campus. Check out our Area Accommodations page for more information.