102 Apartments for rent in Rochester, NY

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Last updated December 12 at 3:54pm UTC
Upper Falls
Rochester, NY
Updated December 6 at 11:10am UTC
6 Bedrooms
28 Florence Street
Rochester, NY
Updated November 4 at 1:21pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
121 Sherwood Ave
19th Ward
Rochester, NY
Updated December 8 at 12:10pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
44 Exchange Blvd
Central Business District
Rochester, NY
Updated December 9 at 1:34am UTC
1 Bedroom
96 Hillendale St
19th Ward
Rochester, NY
Updated December 10 at 2:01am UTC
4 Bedrooms
131 Goodwill St
Rochester, NY
Updated December 6 at 11:08am UTC
3 Bedrooms
74 Baumann St
Group 14621
Rochester, NY
Updated December 6 at 11:08am UTC
3 Bedrooms
3522 East Avenue
Rochester, NY
Updated November 14 at 9:47am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Edgewood Ave
Rochester, NY
Updated November 16 at 8:43am UTC
4 Bedrooms
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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

December 2017 Rochester Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 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 rents held steady over the past month

Rochester rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 3.1% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Rochester stand at $760 for a one-bedroom apartment and $940 for a two-bedroom. Rochester's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rochester rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Rochester, 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 $940 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 3.1% rise in Rochester.
  • While Rochester's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.4%) and Miami (-0.4%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Rochester than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,050, 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 confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Rochester ranks on:
C- Overall satisfaction
F Safety and crime rate
C+ Confidence in the local economy
A+ Plans for homeownership
B Recreational activities
F Quality of schools
B Commute time
C State and local taxes
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Rochester's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Rochester renters expressed below average city satisfaction driven by concerns about safety," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and renters show particular focus on safety and the economy when choosing where to live, which are areas that Rochester grades below average."

Key findings in Rochester include the following:

  • Renters gave Rochester a C- for city satisfaction, which is in the bottom quartile of 100 cities graded in our survey. Our study found that confidence in the economy and satisfaction with safety correlate strongly with city satisfaction.
  • Rochester ranked slightly below the national average earning a C+ for confidence in the economy: 24% of respondents said that the local economy is on the right track.
  • Despite concerns about the economy, 76% of Rochester renters intend to buy a home in the future, earning the city an A+ and ranking 4th in the nation.
  • 2 out of 3 (67%) renters in Rochester are not satisfied with safety and crime rates. This important measure correlates strongly with city satisfaction and ranks Rochester in the bottom decile of cities nationwide.
  • Another trouble spot for Rochester is quality of local schools, with just 25% of respondents reporting satisfaction: this ranks 4th worst nationwide.
  • The survey covered 7 New York cities, which earned city satisfaction grades ranging from an A to an F. New York City topped the list with an A and was followed by Brooklyn (B+), Albany (B+), Buffalo (C+), Rochester (C-), Yonkers (D), and the Bronx (F).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.