Selection Instructions for Returning Students

Housing Selection is the process in which current UB students select their own housing for next year. If you are a returning student to the University at Buffalo for 2018-2019, you have the ability to choose the residence hall or apartment to best suit your needs online and in real time.

Selection Information

Housing Deposit

Current UB residents have the opportunity to submit their $300 fall housing deposit.  Students may renew the same space for next year during the deposit collection period.  Not all spaces (e.g. first-year areas, specialty programs, etc.) are renewable and new roommates may not be pulled in during this process. To select a residence hall or apartment with new roommates, you should participate in self-selection.

Selection Time and Dates

Selection Appointment Time

The selection appointment time determines the date and time students can start the self-selections process. Times are based on the number of fall and spring semesters a student has lived on campus. The greater number of semesters on campus, the earlier the time will be. For students with the same number of semesters on campus, times within each group are randomly assigned.  Selection appointment times are emailed to your buffalo.edu address during the week of Feb. 26.

Selection Dates and Times

Students may select any type of housing for which they are eligible, starting at their housing selection appointment time until the end of the process

Selection Day 1: Monday, March 5 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Selection Day 2: Wednesday, March 7 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Selection Day 3: Friday, March 9 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Reserving a Room with Friends

Groups of students who wish to room together must select their rooms at the same time. The student with earliest selection appointment time will select a room and pull in requested roommates using the Housing ID number. All students must be eligible for their desired living area. 

In Person Process

In the unlikely event that the on-line process is not operational, in-person selection will occur. Notification regarding the status of on-line and in-person processes will be distributed via e-mail to the student's “buffalo.edu” account and will be posted on the Campus Living website.

Housing Renewal

Students may wish to stay in their same assignment for the upcoming year. If available, students may renew (select their current bed space) before general housing selection. This process takes place during the deposit collection window. No roommates may be ‘pulled in’ during this process. If you wish to select on-campus housing with new roommates, you should participate in the general self-selection process.

To renew your on-campus housing click on the 'Apply for Fall Housing' button to make your $300 housing deposit between Jan. 22 and Feb. 16.

Note, only certain spaces are retainable. Below is a partial list of rooms that are not able to be renewed.

  • Apartment Staff Spaces
  • All rooms in Governors
  • All rooms in Richmond Quad
  • All rooms in Spaulding Quad
  • All rooms in Wilkeson Quad
  • All rooms in Goodyear Hall
  • All rooms in Greiner and Creekside Village East
  • Certain rooms placed on hold due to gender or other configuration changes

If you do not renew your bed space at this time, it will become available during housing selection.

Housing Options and Eligibility

The types of housing students are eligible for is determined by their high school graduation date (or equivalent).  Each housing type is for an academic year (late Aug-mid May) or full year (late Aug-late July) agreement.  During selection, students will be required to fill all available spaces in 'must fill' areas.

Housing Options and Eligibility

Residence Halls (Fargo, Porter, Red Jacket and Clement)
All returning students are eligible for residence halls.
                Agreement Length: Academic Year
                Must Fill: No
                Room Sizes: 1, 2, 3, and 4 person rooms

Greiner and Creekside East
Students who graduated from high school in June 2017 are eligible to live in Greiner Hall or Creekside Village East apartments.
                Agreement Length: Academic Year
                Must Fill: Yes
                Group Sizes: 4

Apartment Selection (Flint, Hadley, South Lake)
Students who graduated from high school in June 2015 or before are apartment eligible.
                Agreement Length:
                   Academic Year (Hadley, Flint, South Lake 4 bed)
                   Full Year (South Lake studio, 1 bed, and 2 bed)
                Must Fill: Yes
                Group Sizes: 4, 3, 2, 1

Flickinger Court, Creekside West, Flint Village 308 and 309
Students who graduated from high school in June 2014 or before are Flickinger Court, Creekside Village West and Flint 308 and 309 eligible.
                Agreement Length:
                   Full Year (Creekside, Flickinger 2 bed)
                   Academic Year (Flint 1 bed and 2 bed)
                Must Fill: No
                Group Sizes: 2, 1

Housing Selection Facts

  • All students who submit a timely housing deposit and select housing during the process are guaranteed on-campus housing for the upcoming year.
  • Students may select their own roommates as long as all students have made a deposit during the deposit window. The person with earliest selection appointment time will go on-line during their selection window/appointment time and reserve the room/apartment. During their selections, they will be able to ‘pull-in’ as many roommates as the room/apartment has space available for. All students must meet eligibility requirements for their desired living area.
  • Flickinger Court, Creekside Village West, and Flint Village 308 & 309 apartments are reserved for students who have graduated high school or equivalent in 2014 or before. Eligible students may select individual spaces within each apartment or the whole apartment.
  • Flint Village, Hadley Village and South Lake Village apartments are reserved for students who graduated high school or equivalent in 2015 or before. Eligible students 'must fill' all vacancies in the apartments to select it. Due to current apartment residence renewing before the process, we expect there to be options available for groups of 4, 3, 2, and single applicants.
  • Greiner Hall and Creekside Village East spaces are reserved for students who graduated high school or equivalent in 2017.  Eligible students 'must fill' Greiner or Creekside Village East spaces with groups of 4.
  • If you stay in your residence hall room during the winter break period there is an additional nightly charge. There is no additional charge for break periods in the on-campus apartments.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to identify several roommate options in case your initial group size request is not available.
  • Our priority is for you to be satisfied with your assignment. If you are not satisfied after you have selected your housing, you may request a change using the Assignment Change Request Form.
  • If you do not choose a room during the Housing Selection process, you are no longer guaranteed on-campus housing for next year.
  • UB is a smoke-free campus, which means that all housing areas, including rooms, lounges, kitchens, and entryways, are smoke-free.

Housing Selection Forms

Proxy Form

Not available to select your room during your selection appointment time? Use the proxy form to request Housing Operations to select for you.

Pull-in Form

Are you looking to live with a new incoming student? Complete the pull-in form if you wish to select a room during the housing selection process and pull-in a new/incoming student (student not currently attending UB) . If pulling-in a new student, they must have made a tuition and housing deposit by Feb. 26.

Rooms Available List

The rooms available list will be posted the week of Feb. 26.

Step-by-step instructions

Learn more about the selection process by reviewing our step-by-step selection instruction.