What's life like in Rochester, Minnesota?

Welcoming and inclusive


Welcoming and inclusive

Growing and rapidly advancing


Growing and rapidly advancing

Full of things to do


Full of things to do

A home for learning, growth, and play

Engaging, family-friendly, and entertaining are just a few ways to describe our up-and-coming city. We're a diverse community with fun activities in all four seasons, and we know you'll love your time in an environment that's built around health and well-being.

Be engaged and get involved

We have 100+ student organizations and activities on campus to get you involved and engaged with the community.

Student groups

Students talking at a networking event

Student groups on campus are student-led and supported by faculty members and staff. Everyone is welcome — and there is no shortage of variety. Find groups related to professional associations, mentoring and career development opportunities, special interests, or social activities.

While specific organizations vary by school, below is a sampling of options. If you don't see what you like, start something new! We have resources for that too.

  • Career development opportunities
  • Graduate Student Association and Mayo Fellows Association
  • Journal clubs
  • Local chapters of professional medical associations
  • Mayo Employee Resource Groups (MERGs)
  • Mentoring groups and networking opportunities
  • Special interest groups

Student activities

Students networking at a restaurant

We want to make sure you get plugged into the events and activities happening around campus. While specific events vary by school and program, these are a few types of activities that students and trainees look forward to every year:

Volunteer opportunities

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic

Rochester is a city full of compassion — not only because of the role Mayo Clinic plays in the community, but also because of the large amount of volunteer opportunities available. Students and trainees at Mayo Clinic are passionate about the community and making a difference. Learn more about some of the popular options among our students:


Explore a variety of local resources to get a better idea of everything that Rochester, Minnesota, has to offer.

Housing resources

Rochester has many housing options, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartment rentals. Whether you want to rent or buy, there are many types of homes and neighborhoods to fit your lifestyle. Use the below table as a starting point to browse a variety of available housing options in Rochester, Minnesota. 

ResourceApartmentsHomes for saleHomes for rent
Apartments.com X   X
Apartment Finder X    
Apartment Guide X    
Century 21   X  
HotPads X X X
Realtor.com X X X
RE/MAX   X  
Trulia X X X
Zillow X X X

These resources may help you find housing options near campus. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science does not endorse any of these resources and provides them for informational purposes only.

Community resources

We've pulled together some local resources you might find helpful, from finding a place to worship to figuring out where to go to the dentist.

Parent and family resources

Well-being resources

We are at the epicenter of not only health and wellness, but also overall well-being. You’ll have access to resources both on campus and within the community to maintain your well-being. We emphasize the importance of well-being and support work-life balance throughout your training to instill the lasting skill of resilience.

Food and drink

A growing foodie scene

A growing foodie scene

Enjoy an expanding list of varieties and vibes. Rochester’s menu of food and drink options continues to grow, with new spots opening nearly every month. Something for everyone can be found right here in Rochester!

Rochester is experiencing a food revolution. We’ve welcomed new farm-to-table eateries, food trucks, coffee bars, brewpubs, and everything in between. Put the list of Rochester favorites to the test or find your own favorites.

Sports and recreation

Stay active through all four seasons

Stay active through all four seasons

No matter the season, get out and enjoy the more than 3,500 acres of park space in Rochester.



One benefit of living in an area with four seasons is the many sports and recreation options.

In the warmer months, throw on your tennis shoes and join a running group, get in on a game of sand volleyball, or find another sports league in town. The city boasts 85 miles of paved bike trails, 100 neighborhood parks, an urban lake, and additional area lakes and rivers for boating, swimming, and other activities on the water.

As the weather turns cold, there are still plenty of options to keep you busy. Enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating, hockey, and more. Or try something new — like curling or snowshoeing. We’re serious when we say the action doesn’t stop just because the temperature drops.

Arts and theater

A dose of culture

A dose of culture

The creative side of Rochester has never been brighter. Explore the many ways to enjoy arts, theater, history, and culture.

Get a taste of the art scene at the Rochester Art Center, where you’ll find a variety of exhibits. Hit Art4Trails for outdoor sculptures. Or visit Gallery24, an up-and-coming gallery featuring and celebrating local artists.

If you’re interested in concerts or theater, Rochester offers the newly expanded and renovated Mayo Civic Center, as well as the Rochester Civic Theatre. And now add the newly remodeled Historic Chateau Theatre for events and exhibitions. 

For historical sites and museums, make sure you check out the History Center of Olmsted County.

Rochester is just a 75-minute drive from Minneapolis and St. Paul, also known as the Twin Cities, where you’ll find some of the best museums, theaters, and cultural events in the Midwest.

Events and entertainment

Plenty to do every day of the week

Plenty to do every day of the week

Rochester prides itself in celebrating activities and events that bring the community together. There really is always something to do.

Our growing music scene promises live music on any night of the week at a variety of venues. In the summer, grab a lawn chair and head to Mayo Park for the free summer Down by the Riverside concert series.

You can also look forward to a wide variety of events, fairs, and festivals throughout the seasons. The year-round farmers market is busy every week, full of local and seasonal products. This city comes alive for Thursdays Downtown, art fairs, street festivals, cultural activities, family events, outdoor movies — and even SocialICE in the middle of winter.

Rochester through the seasons

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