Whipple Park Information Sheet

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Whipple Park is a small community of two and three bedroom townhomes and two bedroom garden apartments for University of Rochester graduate students and their families.

Here are some lists of amenities that are and are not included as well as answers to some frequently asked questions. For pictures and floor plans of Whipple Park, visit http://www.rochester.edu/reslife/graduate/whipple-park.html.

Email whippleparkblog@gmail.com to ask questions to Graduate Community Assistants or request to see a video walk through of a townhouse.


  • Free parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric stove/oven
  • Washer/dryer hook-ups in the townhomes
  • Coin-operated public laundry facilities available to all residents
  • Baseboard heat (forced hot water)
  • Free gas and water
  • Free electricity for garden apartments
  • Free shuttle to and from campus and the medical center
  • Playgrounds and sandboxes for children and a safe community in which to use them
  • Basketball hoop, grass volleyball court, and large grass field
  • Maintenance staff for repairs and snow removal
  • Garden plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Community activities such as children’s story time, pot-lucks, and other holiday and special events
  • Light bulbs provided for bathroom, kitchen, and basement fixtures
  • Garden apartments each include a small storage unit in the building’s basement
  • Regular community events for residents of all ages (children to adult)—check out blogs.rochester.edu/whipplepark
  • Campus security patrols Whipple Park. It is a low crime area, but there have been occasional car and home break-ins

Not  included:

  • Washer, dryer, microwave, lighting fixtures for rooms other than the kitchen, bathroom, and basement
  • Air conditioning. Window air conditioners may be used, but in garden apartments (where electricity is included in the rent), there will be a $100 annual charge
  • Electric, cable, internet, or phone (electric is free in the garden apartments)
  • Covered parking


  • 1 mile from Strong Memorial Hospital
  • 1.5 miles from University of Rochester River Campus
  • Less than 1 miles from the highway entrance (Interstate 390)
  • 10 minutes’ drive from Rochester Airport
  • 10-15 minutes drive to the mall and other major shopping areas (there is a University bus that runs to shopping areas on Saturdays)
  • Less than 1 mile to Genesee Valley Park
  • Less than 1 mile to the Canal trail along the Erie Canal (great for walking, running, and biking)


When can I pick up my keys?

  • The Whipple Park Office is open 9am-4pm on weekdays and you must arrive during those hours in order to pick up your key.

What school district is Whipple Park in?

  • Although Whipple Park is in the town of Brighton, children attend the Rush-Henrietta School District. It is a good school district comparable (at the elementary level) to the neighboring Brighton district.

How far is Whipple Park from campus?

  • 1 mile to the medical center and 1.5 miles to the River Campus. The distance is easily biked or walked, but a free shuttle from Whipple Park to campus runs throughout the day.

Can I smoke in my apartment?

  • No. All University apartments are non-smoking, and no smoking is allowed within 30 feet (10 meters) of any residential building. You must go outside to smoke.

Can extended family come to stay with us?

  • Extended family is allowed to stay in Whipple Park to help with childcare. They must register with the office and there is a small monthly fee because of the increased use of utilities that are included in the bill. Contact the Whipple Park Office for details.

Can we have pets in Whipple Park?

  • Only small pets contained in cages are allowed in Whipple Park. Contact the Whipple Park Office for specific questions.

Can I have a roommate?

  • Leaseholders can rent out rooms in their apartment to other full-time students at the University of Rochester. Roommates must register in the office.
  • Leaseholders are responsible for finding their own roommates and arranging their own roommate contracts.

Can I sublet my apartment?

  • Subletting is only allowed during summer months, with restrictions, and individual permission is required from Residential Life. For more information, please read the Residential Life graduate housing policies.

Can I have a roommate?

  • Leaseholders can rent out rooms in their apartment to other full-time students at the University of Rochester. Roommates must register in the office.
  • Leaseholders are responsible for finding their own roommates and arranging their own roommate contracts.

9 Responses to Whipple Park Information Sheet

  1. Brian says:

    There is certainly a lot to know about this
    issue. I love all the points you made.

  2. Yang Li says:

    Why are there two questions “Can I have a roommate?” in the FAQ section above? PS: I’m a new graduate student of Fall 2014 and I’d like to find a roommate. It is said that applicants applying for the two-bedrooms will be given priority if they have found roommates to live together~Is there anybody who wants to apply for the two-bedrooms and has not found IRM yet? Thank you~

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  5. Rathi says:

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  7. Peter says:

    I lived in apt. 505 many years ago. This is a great place to grow up!

  8. Ben says:

    Hi, I am a postdoc of university of Rochester . Can I apply for the apartment in Whipple Park? Please send me a email zhengbozy@gmail.com.

  9. Baoman says:

    I and my husband will both work as post doc in Univeristy of Rochester. We will reach Rochester on Jan 15th, 2013. We are intreasted in a two bedroom garden apartment or townhomes. Please contact us and tell us more detail. Thank you very much.

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