Category: Around Rochester

Springtime in the Flower City

Spring has officially sprung in Rochester. This is a great time of year – the weather warms up, the flowers bloom, and the sun shines past 8 p.m.!

Folks around here find ways to enjoy the outdoors all year round, but this is an especially good time to get outside and take advantage of what the city has to offer. Here are five spring activities we recommend students check out in Rochester.

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  • Go to a Red Wings game. The regular season of our hometown team (a Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) begins in April and lasts through Labor Day Weekend, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Frontier Field during your time at Simon.
  • Check out the Lilac Festival. Held each year in early May, nothing says spring like the Lilac Festival. The food vendors, artisans, and — of course — lilacs are all within walking distance of campus.
  • Shop at the Public Market. The market is open year round, but it’s extra special in the spring. Head out on Saturday morning (Tuesdays and Thursdays are also options if you don’t have class!) to grab some coffee and snacks while you stock up for the week ahead.
  • Grab a bite outdoors. We recommend you have at least one al fresco meal in our foodie city. In fact, two great options — Grappa and The Distillery — are in College Town, just a short walk from campus.
  • Go to Letchworth State Park. While this isn’t in the City of Rochester, it’s worth the drive. Find out for yourself why it earned the nickname “Grand Canyon of the East.”


This is just a taste of what Rochester has to offer. We hope you’ll spend a spring (or two!) with us so you can experience it for yourself!

Student Perspectives: Where to Live in Rochester

Picking up your life and moving to another city to begin a graduate business program is a big change. One of the things you’ll need to check off your “to-do” list is finding a place to live. But where should you begin?

We have you covered! Current and past Simon students answered a few questions about their Rochester housing to help you figure out what option is best for you.

Kalkidan Tiruneh ’17S (MS in Accountancy):

Where did you live?
Goler House (on-campus housing).

kalHow did you get to campus?
I either walked (approximately 15 minutes to campus) or used the University shuttle services. The Blue Line and College Town Express shuttles stop at Goler every 20 and 15 minutes, respectively. Both of these shuttles make stops at various locations on campus. I usually get off at the Wilmont stop and walk approximately four minutes to Simon, or I’ll get off at Rush Rhees Library if I want to go to the library or the gym.

How did you decide to live in Goler House?
I applied to Goler House because of a Simon alum who reassured me of the convenience of the location and shared her overall experience living there. I decided to live in Goler because it’s the closest student housing to campus and is easily accessible by University shuttles or by walking. It is also located near an area called College Town that is popular for its dining options compared to other campus housing areas, as it offers restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

What is your favorite thing about living in Goler?
My favorite thing about living in Goler was that the location enabled me to see my friends whenever I wanted without the need to drive anywhere; I either walked or took the shuttle services. I also appreciated the willingness to help and the timely responses from the leasing office when tenants reported issues with the apartments.

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are thinking about living in Goler?
I would advise that you send in your housing application as early as possible because it’s difficult to get into Goler once the lottery has been selected. If you don’t get selected in the lottery, I would advise you to reach out to your incoming classmates and second-year MBAs ahead of time via Simon’s Housing Forum and Admitted Student Facebook groups and express interest to share an apartment with another person who already has a spot in Goler. It will work to your advantage to actively seek housing options as soon as you enroll in your program.

Lucas Nudelman ’18S (MS in Marketing Analytics):

Where do you live?
I live in an off-campus three-bedroom house with two roommates who are also pursuing degrees at Simon.

lucas_nudelmanHow did you get to campus?
We live right next to Goler House (graduate student housing), which is approximately one mile from campus. There is a bus stop right in front of Goler, which is about a 200 meter walk from my house, so some days I choose to take the bus line that drops off pretty close to Simon. I use a phone app (Rider) that tells me when the next bus will arrive to help me plan ahead. Other days, especially when it is nice outside, I will walk to Simon, which takes 12-15 minutes.

How did you decide to live off campus?
I personally much prefer a house to an apartment building, so I didn’t really want to live in Goler House. Whipple Park and University Park (two graduate housing options) are a little farther away than my current location, so I prefer the proximity of my off-campus house to Simon. Also, living off-campus can be slightly cheaper than the graduate housing options—although graduate housing is also very reasonable!

What is your favorite thing about living off campus?
I really like the proximity to Simon and College Town. Although being close to Moe’s Mexican Restaurant has really made my wallet a lot lighter throughout the year!

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are thinking about living off campus?
Decide what you value most and then start your search. Do you want to live downtown (four or five miles from Simon)? Close to the Rochester club scene? Do you prefer an apartment or a house? Do you want to have roommates or live alone? After that, I’d suggest using Google to find some viable options and then perhaps ask a current student like myself what they think of the neighborhood and cost of those options!

Raven Hudson ’18S (MBA):

Where do you live?
University Park Housing.

How did you get to campus?
I either walk (15 minutes) or take the Blue line (from the UPK bus stop) or the Silver line (from the Park Lot bus stop). The Park Lot stop is a five-minute walk from my apartment.

ravenHow did you decide to live in UPK?
Here are a few reasons:

Affordable: It’s roughly $1,000 per month for a two-bedroom apartment (including all utilities and internet). I split costs with my roommate so we each pay $500 per month.

Location: It’s walking distance to campus and the shuttle line.

Credible: I’m from the Midwest, so I did not have time to go to Rochester to look at housing. I trusted the University housing over off-campus housing since I could not visit in person.

What is your favorite thing about living in UPK?
Location, accommodation, and affordability. University housing also has a flexible lease that allows you to sublet in the summer while you are away for your internship and extend your move-out date based on when you graduate and start your full-time job.

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are thinking about living in UPK?
Do your due diligence and ask for advice from Admissions staff or current students on where to live. I would also make sure to keep your eye on the Simon Housing Forum Facebook group (you will be automatically added when you join the Admitted Student Facebook group) because current students post apartments up for lease and furniture for sale.

A Week in the Life: Chris DiGiacomandrea, MBA Class of 2018

You’ve done your homework about b-school: checked out program strengths, faculty reputation, career outcomes, and rankings. But what is getting an MBA truly like? The student experience can’t be quantified like a statistic – in order to know what your life at Simon will be like, you have to live it. But how do you do that before you start classes? How can you be sure you’re finding the right fit?

Chris DiGiacomandrea, 2018 MBA candidate and soon-to-be pathways operations intern at Amazon, found his fit at Simon. He also documented a week in his life as a student, covering the daily activities that define his Simon experience – from group meetings to cooking dinner with his roommates. Curious about what your life as an MBA student could be like? Take a look.


No two student experiences are exactly alike, but that’s part of what makes business school such an exciting, challenging, and rewarding endeavor. We’re confident that no matter where you’re heading in your career, we can help you get there.

In fact, you may even get there faster than you think. Don’t rule out a fall 2017 entry to the Simon MBA program – our final application deadline is May 15, and scholarship support is still available.

Take the first step toward your future career and apply now.

Snow Day in Northeast – Application Deadline Extended to March 19

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View of the Eastman Quad from Simon on March 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jason Buitrago, associate director of admissions operations and financial aid.

Greetings from snowy Rochester!

In light of the significant winter weather that much of the Northeast US is experiencing, the Admissions Office is extending our March 15th application deadline to March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) for all applicants. As long as you submit a completed application by March 19th, it will be considered for the Round 4 application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration, with a final decision issued on or before April 30th.

Hopefully the extra time will allow you to manage the unexpected challenges that you may be facing due to the weather, and also give full effort into submitting a great application to Simon for MBA or MS study. If you have any questions related to Simon, our programs, or the application deadline, please reach out to us via email for assistance – our team is available and ready to help. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.

In the meantime, please stay safe and warm!