Life in Rochester
With 19 colleges and universities and 62,000 college students, the Rochester region is a natural center for college life. Picture yourself catching a concert or Knighthawks lacrosse game at Blue Cross Arena, spending an afternoon at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, or meeting friends at one of the city's many coffee shops. Then ask yourself if you're ready to begin four years of exploration. It may be the best way to answer the question "Why Rochester?"
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.
- RockVentures Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
- Village Idiots Improv Comedy
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park and Ice Rink
- Clover Lanes
- Seabreeze Amusement Park
- Eastview Mall
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.
Theater and Music
Bravo, bravo! Rochester lifts up the red curtain, granting many opportunities for you and your friends to enjoy the finer things in life. 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.
- Geva Theater
- Rochester Auditorium Theatre
- Blue Cross Arena
- Water Street Music Hall
- Garth Fagan Dance
- The Little Theatre
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. Walk in the footsteps of Susan B. Anthony, national crusader for women's rights. And don't forget to share the exciting facts and colorful images you will gain from visiting the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
- Memorial Art Gallery
- Rochester Museum and Science Center
- National Museum of Play at The Strong
- International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House
- Susan B. Anthony House
Rochester is the home town for various sports teams that will keep you occupied year-round. If you don't feel like driving the five minutes to Frontier Field, the Red Wings' ball park, take a walk towards Fisher's football stadium and watch the Buffalo Bills prepare for their upcoming season during training camp. If soccer is more your style, head down to Sahlen's Stadium to cheer on the Rochester Rhinos soccer team or watch Pittsford native and gold-medal Olympian Abby Wambach hit the turf with her WNY Flash team.
- Buffalo Bills Training Camp (St. John Fisher College)
- Rochester Amerks Hockey
- Rochester Red Wings Baseball
- Rochester Rhinos Soccer
- Rochester Knighthawks Indoor Lacrosse
- WNY Flash Women's Professional Soccer
Not doing anything this weekend? Why not come 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.
As the home of such nationally known businesses as Wegmans, Bausch and Lomb, and Paychek, this city of 37 square miles and more than 210,000 people 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.
- Rochester General Hospital
- United Way of Greater Rochester
- The Center for Youth
- Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
- Insero & Company CPAs, P.C.
- Partners & Napier
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.
Rochester, the third largest urban area in New York, is only six miles from our suburban campus – offering recreation, exploration, and fun!
Why Rochester? Let two of our out-of-state students tell you!
Views of Rochester, NY
Students stroll the Erie Canal at Schoen Place
Rochester Skyline from the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge
View of Downtown Rochester
Main Street, Pittsford, NY
Canal Path at Schoen Place