To help you relocate to the Rochester, Minnesota, area, see these links.
Significant others and family members of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine students and trainees often are interested in continuing their education while living in Rochester. In addition to the wide range of health care education opportunities offered through Mayo Clinic's five schools, the local educational system offers 40 public schools, 46 private schools and two charter schools.
Several universities, including the University of Minnesota Rochester, collaborate to serve the region's higher education needs.
Mayo Families' Connection
This organization assists spouses and significant others of Mayo Clinic students, residents and trainees in transitioning to Rochester. It holds events and programs and has a variety of interest groups. On the Mayo Families' Connection website, you'll find information about Rochester housing, schools, child care, higher education and community activities.
Rochester Public Library
The Rochester Public Library collection has more than 290,000 books, plus magazines, CDs, videos and internet access. Library cards are available to all residents of Rochester and Olmsted County, Minnesota.
Rochester has more than 200 places to worship, representing a variety of faiths and denominations.
Resources for children
Students and trainees have long praised Rochester as an ideal community in which to raise a family. The school system is one of the best in the state, and good, affordable housing is a top priority of the community.
Plenty of quality services and programs are available to assist families with the care and education of their children. Many address the unique needs of those who work late or rotate shifts or weekends. Families First of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization serving parents, professionals and employers.
A wide range of organized children's activities is available, including opportunities in music, dance and theater. Thousands of children participate in local sports programs, including soccer, hockey, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and tennis. There are more than 30 neighborhood playgrounds.
A number of community partnerships dedicated to youth enrichment and development are available through Olmsted County, including the Rochester Area Family YMCA. Parents Are Important in Rochester (PAIIR) is a parent-child education program available to all families with children from birth to kindergarten enrollment.