Your journey to the UB will be the start of an exciting new chapter in your life. Here are some tips to make your arrival in the U.S. and Buffalo as smooth as possible!
First, after deplaning you will proceed to passport control.
Second, you will proceed to the baggage claim area and go through customs.
Never make false statements to a border officer as the penalty for doing so is very severe.
Sometimes baggage is delayed or lost. If that happens to you, you should go to the airline office in the baggage claim area (lower level) to file a report. When the airline finds your baggage, they will fly it to Buffalo Niagara airport. When it arrives, the airline will deliver it to you at your hotel or residence.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you provide an accurate Buffalo address and telephone number when you report your lost luggage. If you provide a phone number that doesn’t work, the airline will not be able to reach you when your luggage arrives or make arrangements to deliver it to you.
The best way is to take a taxi. Airport Taxi Service (ATS) charges approximately $30 to drive one person to UB’s North Campus and $20 to UB’s South Campus. It should take 15-20 minutes to reach either campus from the airport. While not required, it is common to give the taxi driver (and any airport staff) a small tip if they help you with your bags ($1 – $2 per bag is appropriate).
You can check in to your residence hall right before International Student Orientation begins. No check-ins will be permitted before this time.
You can stay in a hotel, or at a friend’s or relative’s home, or at a UB student’s apartment. There is a list of hotels in the New International Student Guide.
You can also contact international student clubs that provide assistance to new students.
Please 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.
Undergraduate students: Your UB I-20 will be issued after you are accepted and your tuition deposit has been paid (unless the deposit was not required).
If you recently applied to UB as an undergraduate freshman or transfer student, you can check the status of your application online. It's easy!