Application Information for Returning Students

If you are a returning student to the University at Buffalo, you will need to complete an application to return to on-campus housing. Once you have applied, you will be able to choose the residence hall or apartment to best suit your needs online and in real time.

South Lake Village Maintenance Project: Coming Summer 2025

South Lake Village will be undergoing a maintenance project during the Summer of 2025. This will effect your summer housing assignment. For more information, please visit the South Lake Village Community Page.

2024-25 New Student Housing Application is CLOSED

If you're still interested in on-campus housing, you can submit a waitlist housing application.

Housing Application and Deposit

Current UB residents have the opportunity to submit their housing application including the $300 housing deposit while the application is open.  

All students who complete a housing application and submit a deposit are eligible for on-campus housing based on availability of spaces.

Renewal for Fall 2024

Within the fall housing application, eligible students may renew the same space for next year if they apply by February 16, 2024.  If you do not renew your current assignment by the deadline the space will become available to all eligible residents during self-selection.

Not all spaces (e.g. first-year areas, specialty programs, etc.) are renewable and new roommates may not be pulled in during renewal. To select a residence hall or apartment with new roommates, you should participate in the general self-selection process.

Selection Times and Dates

Selection Appointment Time

The selection appointment time determines the date and time students can start the self-selection process. Self-selection will be done in rounds.

In fall, selection 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. 

In spring, selection times are based on the date of your completed application. 

Selection appointment times will be emailed to your address.

If you do not choose a room by the final round of the self-selection process, your housing application will be canceled and your deposit (if applicable) will be refunded.

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.

Reserving a Room with Friends

Students who wish to room together must select their housing assignments as a roommate group. One student must create the roommate group and invite the other student(s) to be a member. The other student(s) must accept the invitation prior to selection. All roommate groups must be mutual.

The student with the earliest selection appointment time will select a room for their roommate group. Students may form roommate groups before or during selection in the housing portal. All students must be eligible for their desired living area and not already have a housing assignment.

Students are strongly encouraged to be ready to adjust roommate groups in case your initial group size request is not available.

*In spring, only new spring applicants can be added to roommate groups. 

Finding a Roommate

As part of your application you will answer questions that will create your "Personal Profile".

Later, during the grouping process, you can use the Roommate Matching Tool to find someone with a similar profile to live with.

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 can be completed within the fall housing application. If you do not renew your current assignment by the deadline the space will become available to all eligible residents during self-selection.

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.

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 Clement
  • All rooms in Richmond Quad
  • All rooms in Spaulding Quad
  • All rooms in Wilkeson Quad
  • All rooms in Greiner and Creekside Village East
  • Certain rooms placed on hold due to gender or other configuration changes

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 for the fall semester, students will be required to fill all available spaces in 'must fill' areas. "Must fill" is not applicable during spring selection.

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.

Residence Halls

Evans, Goodyear, Fargo, and Red Jacket

All returning students are eligible for residence halls.

Agreement Length
: Academic Year
Must Fill: No
Room Sizes: 1, 2, 3 or 4

Greiner and Creekside East

Students who graduated from high school in June 2023 are eligible to live in Greiner Hall or Creekside Village East apartments.

Agreement Length: Academic Year
Must Fill: Yes
Group Sizes: 4

Apartment Selection

Creekside West, Flickinger Court, Flint Village, Hadley, South Lake

Students who graduated from high school in June 2022 or before are eligible for these locations.

Agreement Length:
Full Year (Creekside; Flickinger; South Lake studio, 1 bed, 2 bed)
Academic Year (Flint, Hadley, South Lake 4 bed)
Must Fill: No
Group Sizes: 4, 3, 2, 1

Housing Selection Forms

Selection Proxy Form

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

Pull-in Form

Are you looking to live with a new roommate? Complete the pull-in form. Your new roommate must have a completed housing application by Feb. 16 to participate in round 1 of self-selection.