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.
University housing officially opens on August 24, 2017. However, new students who will attend International Student Orientation and who have made arrangements to live on campus will be permitted to check in to their on-campus housing starting on Saturday, August 19 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. EST. Due to limited staffing, no students will be permitted to move in before August 19.
Students who choose to move in prior to August 24 may incur a
$35 per night early arrival charge, depending on their actual
housing assignment. This charge will be billed directly to your
If you choose to stay in on-campus housing between August 19 and 24, please be aware that it 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 you are contractually obligated to your on-campus housing for both the fall and spring semesters. 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 mid-July. The Housing Office plans to send housing information electronically to international students and will use the e-mail address you provided on your admissions application for that purpose. If you do not receive your housing information by the beginning of August, please feel free to contact the Housing Office by telephone at (716) 645-2171, by e-mail at CampusLiving@buffalo.edu or by fax at (716) 645-3968. The Housing Office is open on Mondays - Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST. You may also visit the check-in website after August 1, 2017 for more information about check-in.
The deadline to cancel your on-campus housing contract is June 1, 2017. (Note: The cancellation deadline for all other students is May 1, 2017.) After June 1, you will not be released from your housing contract unless you choose not to attend UB during the Fall 2017 semester. Please do not sign a lease for an off-campus apartment after June 1 as you will not be released from your on-campus Housing Agreement.
If you choose not to live on campus, 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 August 19 or during International Student Orientation, your temporary housing 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.