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Housing in Rochester

There are a lot of choices for housing in the Rochester area. University options range from single or shared rooms on a floor with shared facilities to full apartments equipped with bath, kitchen, and living areas. Beyond the University, the housing options vary dramatically by type, location, and other arrangements. You may choose to rent a house or part of a house from a private landlord, or a single apartment unit through a formal complex, or even purchase a home of your own. Finding the right place to live will take some research and an understanding of the area. It is important that you feel comfortable in your decision, by considering all factors such as location and facilities, along with cost and contractual terms. For this reason, the University recommends that you look at potential living arrangements for off-campus housing in person, before making your choice. You may want to begin your search with the information here and plan some time to visit your options and choose one that suits your needs and budget.


Residential Life & Housing Services

Your on-campus and off-campus housing needs can be addressed through the University's Office for Residential Life and Housing Services. They can assist you with applying for on-campus housing, meal contracts, and preparing for living in a University dorm. Their office also has staff available to help with off-campus housing.


Off-Campus Housing

Students who will not live on campus have plenty of options to choose from in looking for convenient, affordable housing. The University's Off-Campus Living Programs has several resources available to help you locate rental housing, understand the leasing process, and negotiate a rental contract. Such services include:  

  • Off-Campus Living Advising, by appointment or posted walk-in hours
    For guidance on off-campus housing options, lease issues, & more!

    Located in 020 Susan B Anthony Hall, River Campus 1-585-275-3166
  • Property Visits, available during peak summer periods
    Free transportation & assistance in looking at local rental properties!

Advice for Renters
Know your rights!  The New York State Attorney General's Office publishes the Tenant’s Rights Guide to help renters in New York. This document outlines your rights and the landlord’s responsibility to provide you with clean and safe housing, including functioning heat and hot water facilities (Real Property Law §235-b). If you are unable to resolve issues with your landlord and feel that they are not fulfilling their obligations as outlined in the Tenant’s Rights Guide, please make an appointment with the ISO to discuss your situation, especially if you feel you are being taken advantage of or being treated unfairly.  Also, be sure to read and understand your lease agreement before you sign it. If you break a lease it could affect your future plans to return to the U.S. and ruin your credit.


Purchasing a Home

There are several neighborhoods surrounding the University and in the Rochester area where many students and employees choose to purchase their own home, rather than leasing a rental property. This decision is often based on long-term plans, access to necessary funding, and lifestyle. As a general rule, it is not advised to purchase a home if you plan to be there for less than 5 years, since you are not likely to get a good return on your investment over a relatively short period.

As an international student, scholar, or employee, the purchase of a house does NOT contradict your status as a non-immigrant. This information should not be a factor in terms of a future visa application or maintaining valid US immigration status. The New York State Attorney General's Office offers tips and educational materials to consider when buying a home.