Deciding where to live is one of the most important decisions you will make. To help you decide, read our Living On-Campus vs. Off-Campus guide.
The University at Buffalo’s on-campus housing officially
opens for new students on January 28, 2018. However, new students
who will attend International Student Orientation can make
arrangements to check in to their on-campus housing starting on
Saturday, January 20. Sign up information for those wanting
to check-in early will be available on the housing website. Students who choose to
move in prior to January 28 will incur a $35 per night early
arrival charge; this charge will be billed directly to your student
If you choose to stay in on-campus housing during International Student Orientation, please be aware that the residence halls and apartments will not be officially open and, therefore, there will be few students staying there and only a limited number of staff members to assist you.
You should also be aware that, once you pay the housing deposit, you are contractually obligated to rent your on-campus housing for the entire term of the Housing Agreement (or Contract). For Academic Year Agreements, you are obligated until the end of May. For Full-Year Agreements, you are obligated until the end of July. Housing contracts are typically broken only if the student leaves the University at Buffalo.
Information about your housing assignment (location, roommate,
check-in dates and times) will be sent to you in late December.
All housing information is sent electronically to the
e-mail address you provided when you submitted your housing
deposit. If you do not receive your housing information by Friday,
January 5, please feel free to contact the Housing Office by
telephone at (716) 645-2171 or by e-mail at CampusLiving@buffalo.edu.
You may also visit the check-in website after January 1 for more
information about check-in, including exact dates and times our
offices are open.
The deadline to cancel your on-campus housing is December 1, 2017. After December 1, 2017, you will not be released from your housing contract unless you choose not to attend UB during the Spring 2018 semester. Please do not sign a lease for an off-campus apartment after December 1, 2017 as you will not be released from your on-campus Housing Agreement.
If you will live off-campus and still need to find
housing or will live on-campus but not
during International Student Orientation, we urge you to make
temporary housing arrangements prior to your arrival in Buffalo. We
do not recommend arriving on campus with lots of luggage and no
place to spend the night as it is very difficult to find permanent
housing in one day.
Should you need temporary accommodations prior to January 20 or during International Student Orientation, your options include staying in a hotel or with a friend, relative or UB student.
The hotels listed below are located near UB’s North Campus. The prices listed are subject to change.
10 Flint Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Tel. (716) 689-4414
$107 and up
1 Flint Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Tel. (716) 688-0811 or 1-877-424-6423
$105 and up (10% discount available for UB students)
42 Flint Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Tel. (716) 689-7474
$69.99 and up (You must tell the inn staff that you are a UB student to get the UB student rate.)
For a more complete list of Buffalo area hotels, view the PDF.
There is also a hostel in downtown Buffalo, which is some
distance from UB’s North and South Campuses.
International Student Club representatives often assist new students with housing questions and concerns.
The University at Buffalo has no temporary housing for incoming students.