Life In Buffalo

The Buffalo/Niagara region is about to become your new home. You will face some challenges in adjusting to your life here so we urge you to tap into available resources. You will find that many of your questions about banking, driving, health insurance, housing and English are answered here.

Once you have settled in, it will be time to explore what the city has to offer. While many people associate Buffalo with lots of snow, it offers a rich cultural scene and wide array of activities. There is so much to experience in Buffalo: theater, music, festivals, architecture, restaurants, sporting events, shopping, etc. It is also a great location for many sports activities, including skiing, ice-skating, snow tubing, hiking, golf, boating and many more.

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Whether you choose to live on-campus or off-campus, we can help you make the right choice.
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As you begin to settle into your studies or employment at UB, you will likely need to open a bank account. Here you can familiarize yourself with the documents you will need and the guidelines that banks must follow when opening new accounts.
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At UB, it’s easy to get around campus, between campuses, or anywhere you need to go. 
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If you want to drive in New York State, be sure you know how to get a driver's license, what insurance you need, and what regulations may apply to you.
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Are you looking for opportunities to improve your English skills? If so, programs offered by UB may be helpful.
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Child care centers, day care centers and pre-schools are strictly regulated in New York. While there are many day care centers near UB, admission to one may require a waiting period and/or can be very costly.
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Learn about health insurance requirements for international students attending a State University of New York campus.
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At UB, we want you to be safe. We encourage you to learn about the resources available to you, and find out what you can do to help ensure your own safety and security.
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At UB, we are fortunate to have many vibrant International Student Clubs, which are a wonderful resource for new students.

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Need a place to stay, eat or shop? View our popular guides for more information.
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