Rochester, New York Newcomer's Guide

In this guide, you will learn about many of the neighborhoods through photos, narrations and quotes from actual residents. Some of the areas represented include:

Newcomer's Guide To Rochester, New York: Feeling at Home in the Greater Rochester Area

  • Brighton
  • Brockport
  • Charlotte
  • Chili
  • Fairport
  • Gates
  • Highland Park
  • Irondequoit
  • North Winton Village
  • Park Avenue
  • Pearl Meigs
  • Penfield
  • Pittsford
  • Upper Monroe

This guide focuses on daily life in the Rochester area – where to shop, where to live, and how to prepare for the Rochester weather!

This guide is particularly helpful for the following groups of people:

1. International Students

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • Nazareth College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • University of Rochester (U of R)
  • Monroe Community College (MCC)

2. Foreign scholars, researchers, post-docs, and other working professionals at the U of R or other Rochester area colleges and hospitals, including Highland Hospital.

3. Professionals working onsite at various companies in Rochester such as:

  • Bausch and Lomb
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • General Motors
  • Kodak
  • Paetec
  • Sutherland Global
  • Thomson Reuters
  • University of Rochester
  • Xerox

4. Housewives, dependents, senior citizens
Those newcomers with limited mobility or are housebound for various reasons may appreciate to have this guide to orient themselves to the various resources of the area, including public transportation, libraries, community events, fun stuff to do, shopping areas, parks, and more.

No matter who you are, or what brings you to Rochester, this guide will be help you learn about the area and it's resources in a way that other resources out there may lack. I am confident that even if you have already browsed websites, read other books, or even talked to people, there is something left to learn in this guide!

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For companies or colleges who host foreign students or offshore colleagues, this guide can be purchased in bulk or as an e-learning tool. Contact Jennifer Kumar to discuss the details.

About the author, Jennifer Kumar:

When I moved to Rochester, I was a bit lost like you might also be feeling now. It's good to be prepared for what's to come. This short guide will help you do just that. Though Rochester is my adopted home, it always will be considered like my hometown to me. When I moved there, due to the nature of my work, I was thrown into the Rochester environment driving from one end to the other on a daily basis. However, many may not have the chance to travel throughout the area regularly to know about all that the area has to offer. To solve this problem, I have put together a handy guide that showcases the good spirit of Rochester and it's people.

Jennifer is the founder of Authentic Journeys Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. based in Kochi, India. As an American who has worked, lived and studied in India, visiting India since 1998, she understands the cultural differences and challenges faced in global environments. She coaches Indian teams to work more effectively between offshore, onsite and client locations. Contact her for more information by clicking here.

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