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Buffalo Niagara

Big-City Excitement, Small-Town Community

The Buffalo-Niagara region is defined by a neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. In fact, one of Buffalo’s nicknames is “The City of Good Neighbors.” Buffalo is big enough to have professional sports teams and world-renowned cultural institutions, yet it brims with small-town charm and convenience. We take pride in being friendly, caring and full of fun — especially in the snow!

Buffalo: Weirdly Wonderful

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Where is Buffalo?

A short flight

Several major U.S. cities are within a 90-minute flight from UB, including: New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Located in New York State between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, two of the famous Great Lakes, Buffalo and the Buffalo-Niagara region (including Niagara Falls) is a safe and friendly community that is close and convenient to several major metropolitan areas, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Toronto, Canada’s largest urban center. Niagara Falls, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, is just a short drive away.

Are you a globe trekker?

Buffalo’s location and international airport make it easy to catch a flight to and from just about anywhere.

Video: A four-season region

What international students really think about a Buffalo winter

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Fun fact

Schussmeisters Ski Club at UB has nearly 3,000 members, making it one of the largest ski clubs in the United States!

Today's weather

The Buffalo-Niagara region enjoys four distinct seasons, each offering a unique experience, from the crisp crunching of leaves in the fall to the warmth and sunshine of our beautiful summers. Western New York also boasts one of the top-rated ski resorts in the northeastern United States.

Vibrant culture

A band performs at Nietzsche's

Located in historic Allentown, Nietzsche's is one of Buffalo's most legendary music venues, offering live music every night of the week.

Did you know?

Buffalo has been named one of the top five arts destinations among mid-sized cities in the U.S.

Buffalo is a city bursting with culture. We’ve got professional theater, world-class museums and contemporary art galleries, plus a vibrant nightlife with numerous spots where you can see live music, meet up with friends after class, go bowling or grab a bite to eat.

One of America’s best food regions

Street food, American-style

The city of Buffalo has a thriving food truck scene, with more than a dozen mobile restaurants offering everything from freshly prepared Mexican tacos to vegan and vegetarian options.

From exciting fine dining to our world-famous chicken wings, Western New York boasts some of the best eats in the country! Make sure you sample our wide range of restaurants, farmer's markets and specialty food shops.

What IS a chicken wing?

You may have heard them called “Buffalo wings,” but here in Western New York, we just call them delicious

Go out and play

Photo of woman enjoying a ride on the Miss Buffalo boat tour

Boat tour of Buffalo Harbor

No car? No problem!

Getting downtown to a baseball game or to a waterfront concert is easy with Buffalo’s public transportation system, which includes light rail and an extensive network of buses. And, the Metro Rail line connects UB’s South Campus with downtown Buffalo and the neighborhoods in between.

Buffalo is home to three professional athletic teams: the Bills (American football), Sabres (ice hockey) and Bandits (indoor lacrosse). And if you enjoy spending time outdoors, the Buffalo-Niagara region is an ideal place to be. The area is bounded by two of the Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario), among several other waterways perfect for kayaking or sailing. Just south of the city are also several highly rated skiing and snowboarding resorts.

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