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Accepted Student FAQs

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AT UB?

For those of you flying to Buffalo, we ask that you arrive on Tuesday May 30, 2017, and depart either the evening (after 6PM) of Friday August 4 or Saturday August 5(unless otherwise discussed with us). We will book your flights to Buffalo for the morning or early afternoon on May 30th. Students within 3-4 hours of Buffalo are likely to arrive by car- and if possible we ask that you arrive on Tuesday May 30th in the mid-afternoon.

 

WHERE WILL I BE LIVING?

Students from out of town will be placed in single rooms at UB’s South Campus. As far as housing, you may choose to ship your linens (sheets/towels) here (which is the most economical option)—OR we can arrange to rent linens for you (this includes two sheets, a blanket, a pillow and pillowcase, one bath, hand, and face towel). Rooms will have mini-fridges available on a limited basis. Please let us know of any special needs you may have and we will do our best to accommodate. Specific details are forthcoming. For more on UB Housing, visit their website.

Note: we recommend that you ship your own linens here—get a set of X-long twin sheets and a comforter, and a few towels, if you don’t already have them. Rental prices are high—about $17 a week, so students find it is often more economical to ship or bring them with you. Fans can be rented ($8/week) here—although a better option would be to buy one when you arrive- there are stores within walking distance (Walgreens, TOPS). Gym access is typically paid for by the program. 

WILL I HAVE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS?

Yes. The wireless network, UB_Guest, is available to all campus visitors with a valid e-mail address. In addition, you will receive a UBIT name (email address) and password during your first week here so that you will have access to all UB computing networks. 

WHO WILL BE MY RESEARCH MENTOR?

You will be paired with a research mentor based on your interests for the summer- decisions will be made by May 2017. He or she will contact you prior to the end of May and will likely give you some articles from the literature so that you can learn more about your summer project. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

1-      SHIPPING YOUR BELONGINGS: For those of you staying in campus housing, you are welcome to ship your bedding/towels, clothes, etc directly to the dorm via UPS or FedEx, etc for delivery before your arrival on Tuesday May 31st. This will make it easier so that you don’t have to check too much stuff at the airport. Keep in mind that you are responsible for paying for this shipment, and you cannot be reimbursed for it.

 

2-      Pack lightly. Bring comfortable clothes (jeans, capris, t-shirts are fine) for the lab—but remember that you will need to bring long pants and sneakers/shoes to wear to lab. You cannot wear shorts or open-toed shoes in the lab. You will also want to bring 1 or 2 “dressy” outfits that you would wear out to dinner, and more importantly, to a scientific conference. At the end of the Summer you will be presenting your work at a research symposium, and we expect that you look professional. You’ll also want to bring a jacket/hoodie (or more) for cooler days/evenings (or air conditioning!).

 

The address to ship to for South Campus is:

Main Street Area Office
119 Goodyear Hall
(716) 829-3144

 

Please make sure you print out your full name and the words “Hold for (NAME)--CLIMB  UP program” on the box.

 

 

 

Who's going to do my laundry?

You are... and for your convenience, washing machines and dryers are located in every residence hall and apartment building. Laundry machines are available free-of-charge to students living on-campus.

 

 

MOST IMPORTANTLY—WHAT IS THE WEATHER REALLY LIKE IN BUFFALO?

Our summers are traditionally mild and pleasant with breezes from nearby Lake Erie keeping temperatures moderate and humidity low. This "Oasis Effect" makes Western New York's summer weather among the most spectacular in North America. The average daytime temperature in July is a comfortable 80 degrees. Buffalo receives a higher percentage of sunshine - and significantly less rain - than much of the United States in the summer months. The severity of Buffalo's winter weather is greatly exaggerated by the national media. While the Weather Channel likes to make much of the occasional snowstorm in this part of the country, we are fortunate to be free of the hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, floods, and earthquakes that routinely beset other regions. In fact, for much of the year, Buffalo is blessed with a moderate climate. Temperatures below zero are quite rare in Western New York and the National Weather Service in Buffalo has never recorded a reading above 100 degrees. In other words--- dress for Summer!

 

For other FAQs on Buffalo, visit this site: http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/visitor-info/faqs/