The ISO has tried to collect information and contacts for several common resources that may help you in getting settled in the Rochester area. These listings are many and varied, but not comprehensive! Since contact information and web links may change over time, please notify the ISO if you find that our information is out of date.
Rochester International Council (RIC)
RIC is a community-based volunteer organization that offers services to international students, scholars and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The group's goal is to provide educational and social programs and services that promote understanding among people and showcase the richness and diversity of other cultures. They have many programs designed to build community connections and give opportunities to participate in American life, including their Friendship Volunteers and International Wives Group. We hope you will take advantage of this valuable resource!
If you are living in University housing, you will likely build connections with many of your neighbors in that area. For graduate students, there are established communities for each area: Whipple Park, Goler House, University Park and Towne House. Each of these has a neighborhood association or representatives who work to create a supportive environment and to coordinate activities, many of which include children. Beyond residential areas, many University departments and student groups also plan organized events that appeal to their membership. Ask around your area of campus or visit the Campus Club Connection for details. Again, we hope you will be involved!
For individuals living beyond the University's campuses, you will find that Rochester is a city of vibrant neighborhoods and residential communities. Many areas have developed official associations to organize events, to inform residents about issues and policies, and to address concerns of their community. Feel free to become involved in these activities! A list of different areas is online at Rochester Wiki's Neighborhoods page. Beyond the city limits, there are plenty of nearby towns in our area as well.
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Rochester has many faiths represented in the area, with active congregations and centers for people to worship together. The University's Interfaith Chapel, located on River Campus, offers various religious services each week and welcomes different faiths from around the world. For other local places of worship, there is an unofficial list, sorted by denomination, on the Rochester Wiki for Spiritual Organizations.
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