Yes, you may. You will find International Student Orientation extremely helpful.
Although we don’t recommend it, you can join International
Student Orientation late. We will have a Late Arrivals table, where
you can check in. However, since the orientation schedule is quite
full, we urge you to come as soon as you can so that you
don’t miss too much.
You must have the university's permission if you think you will arrive late for Orientation or after classes begin.
Yes, you can check in to your residence hall right before
orientation begins. No check-ins will be permitted before this
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.
We urge you not to rent off-campus housing without seeing it first. Choosing a place to live is one of the most important decisions you will make when you come to Buffalo. Please be careful. Please also do your research.
Read our important tips about off-campus housing!
New undergraduate students who submit their Health Background and Immunization Form, complete the Orientation Data Form and are contacted by an academic advisor may be able to register for classes before coming to Buffalo. Other new undergraduate students will register for classes during International Student Orientation.
Before you register, you must attend the mandatory Immigration Session and University Police Session, and submit a complete UB Health Background and Immunizations Form.
You will receive your UB Card and single-use password at Orientation Check-In.
Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services' Frequently Asked Questions page.