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101 Apartments for rent in Rochester, NY

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Last updated March 21 at 12:24pm UTC
81 Glasgow Street
Corn Hill
Rochester, NY
Updated March 21 at 12:24pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
21 Grand Ave
Rochester, NY
Updated March 21 at 10:44am UTC
2 Bedrooms
66 Montrose St
Rochester, NY
Updated March 21 at 10:43am UTC
4 Bedrooms
757 East Ave
East Avenue
Rochester, NY
Updated March 21 at 9:57am UTC
1 Bedroom
1 Mountain Ln
Rochester, NY
Updated March 21 at 9:56am UTC
2 Bedrooms
108 Gregory Park
South Wedge
Rochester, NY
Updated March 21 at 3:02am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Sheppler Street
Rochester, NY
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City Guide
Pack Your Fancy Pants

If you like living in mansions (and who doesn’t?), the Park Avenue district is for you. This sought- after historical area is where all the old money lived and, thankfully, left their digs. The great thing about it, for you at least, is that Rochester has an affinity for converting old, large houses into a handful of smaller apartment units. So you actually CAN live in a mansion starting at a measly $700/1BR – if that’s how you roll (Note: Butler service is not included.). That same $700 can also get you a studio apartment in a five story high-rise, the other popular rental housing option here, and both will put you in close proximity to museums, galleries, boutiques and other shi-shi nightlife options. If you’re an upwardly mobile professional, the Park Ave area is the first place you should look.

Don’t Forget Your Skinny Jeans

If you like to hit the books hard and the bars harder, however, South Wedge is probably more your style. Thisy area is the up and coming spot for Rochester. Hip and edgy, South Wedge is located just south of downtown and offers less expensive accommodations than Park Ave, but a plethora of amenities. The city newspaper runs a “Best Of” contest every year and South Wedge won all of them last year. And by “all”, I mean all. Best bars, best neighborhood, best coffee, best salons…apparently South Wedge is the best. There are fewer studio options here, but plenty of converted houses (sorry, no mansions) and 1-2BR options, typically starting at around $500. If you want to double up on the roomies and don’t need a lot of space, room shares can be had for as little as $350. South Wedge is understandably popular with university students, and living here will put you around a 10-minute walk to campus or an even shorter bike or bus ride. South Wedge is also home to the city’s famous Public Market – “Farmer’s” market is bad form - that serves as a community meeting ground and all-around shopper’s paradise. In short, for South Wedge, cool people only need apply.

Excuse me, is that Armani?

Rochester’s residential streets aren’t for everyone, and for those people, there’s the East End. Rochester’s downtown living area retains a more urban feel with lofts and penthouses in high-rises; and if you just relocated from Manhattan, or simply enjoy a walking city, this area is for you. Arts and Entertainment options abound here, so you can walk to your fancy corporate job in the morning and enjoy a four star meal and violin concerto at the Eastman Theater on the way home. Apartment prices vary tremendously depending on what you’re looking for, and while converted homes and apartment complexes are still available here, that fancy penthouse can set you back as much as $1500 a month. But you can’t put a price on culture, right?

Mom Jeans and Polyester Trousers

Homes are extremely reasonable here, and this picturesque suburban living can be yours for around $1000/3br home. For the retirement-minded, Rochester proper offers a number of seniors-only apartment buildings near the river with community activities and a multitude of options to keep your ticker, well, ticking.

It’s HOW cold?!?

In case you weren’t aware, upstate New York gets cold. Very cold. Your heating bill can easily climb into the stratosphere during the winter months, but some apartment offerings include heat, which will obviously make a huge difference in your monthly costs. When apartment shopping, be absolutely sure if heat is or is not included in your monthly bill. You can also ask RG&E for the recorded average heating costs associated with any place you’re considering, too. As for other major caveats, renting in Rochester is honestly pretty straightforward. Typical standards apply here, so you’ll probably need references, verification of employment or a background check and potentially a $25 application fee. Leases for the academic year are sometimes available owing to the university population, but otherwise the standard one year leasing applies.

Stop. Go.

Rochester, like much of the rest of upstate NY, is a picturesque place, and its proximity to Lake Ontario, the Erie Canal and of course the beautiful Genesee River that bisects the city makes enjoying the outdoors easy. Small parks dot the rest of the city and bikes are welcome here. Bus routes are also thorough and a good option for commuting downtown or to the university, but in general, cars are the go-to option. Parking isn’t a huge problem, but it’s a good idea to verify if it’s available in your apartment search, especially if you’re leaning towards high-rise living.

There You Have it.

Rochester offers a lot of things for a lot of different people, and almost always at an incredibly reasonable price. Whether you need a high-rise penthouse to make your friends jealous or a funky studio in a converted Victorian home to go with your hipster pocket square, you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your style. So pack your respective pants and get out there!

Rent Report

March 2018 Rochester Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 Rochester Rent Report. Rochester rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Rochester rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Rochester rent trends were flat over the past month

Rochester rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 2.7% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Rochester stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $930 for a two-bedroom. Rochester's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.7%, as well as the national average of 2.3%.

Rochester rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Rochester, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Rochester is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Rochester's median two-bedroom rent of $930 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 2.7% increase in Rochester.
  • While Rochester's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Rochester than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,040, which is more than three times the price in Rochester.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Rochester Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Rochester ranks on:
B Overall satisfaction
C Safety and crime rate
C Jobs and career opportunities
B- Recreational activities
B Affordability
B Quality of schools
C+ Social Life
F Weather
B Commute time
F State and local taxes
C Public transit
B Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Rochester’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Rochester renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "As with other cities in New York, weather and state and local taxes are a source of dissatisfaction for Rochester renters."

Key Findings in Rochester include the following:

  • Rochester renters gave their city a B overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Rochester were commute time, quality of local schools, pet-friendliness and affordability, which all received B grades.
  • The areas of concern to Rochester renters are weather and state and local taxes, which both received scores of F.
  • Rochester millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B.
  • Rochester did relatively well compared to other cities in New York like Buffalo (F), Syracuse (F) and New York City (C+).
  • Rochester did relatively well compared to cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Tucson (D) and Miami (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at