Welcome Home - Fall 2023

Students sitting at a dining hall table.
Stay tuned for Fall 2024 information

Please check back in May for details about Fall Housing in 2024. Use the 2023  details below as a reference for what to expect in 2024.

Greetings from Campus Living

On behalf of the entire Campus Living staff, welcome to UB! We look forward to having you call UB your home away from home. We are committed to providing a safe, clean and vibrant community where you can exell personally and academically from the moment you arrive here.

Living on campus provides you with built-in connections to academic programs as well as opportunities to become involved with student clubs and organizations all while making friends that will last a lifetime.

On this page:

Room and Roommate Info

New Student Assignments

New Student Selection Begins in Late June

Your selection appointment time determines the date and time you can start the self-selection process. Times are based on the date of your completed application.

Selection appointment times will be sent to your buffalo.edu address. 

If you do not choose a room by the end of the self-selection process, you will be automatically assigned an available room. We will try to accommodate your preferences but cannot guarantee that the room types you chose will be available. You will be notified by email if this occurs and your assignment will be visible in the housing portal.

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.

Room assignment and roommmate information can be found in the Housing Portal in July.

Returning Student Assignments

Room assignment and roommmate information can be found in the Housing Portal.

Assignment Changes

At UB, we will work with you to try to accommodate housing change requests. However, these changes may take time, and are not always possible due to room availability and other considerations.

Take a Virtual Room Tour

360 degree panoramic photos and virtual tours of each room style are available online.

Cancel Housing

The housing cancellation deadline was March 31, for returning students and May 10 for new students.. Cancellation requests received after this date will be evaluated on a case by case basis and if approved may incur a financial penalty.

All cancellation requests should be submitted directly through the housing portal

What to Bring




Shipping Belongings Before Arrival

  • Campus Living will begin accepting letters and packages for fall 2023 students on August 14, 2023; please do not ship items to your campus address before that date.
  • Students who have items shipped to campus prior to their arrival will be sent an email with details on how to pick up their mail.
  • All mail & packages sent prior to your arrival on campus should be picked up as a part of your check in process during your assigned move in window.
  • Letters & packages that are not picked up during the initial check-in process may not be available until after the first day of classes.

How to address your mail

All North Campus residence halls and apartments (except Flickinger Court):

Your full name
Your room number and room space
(e.g. 220A Red Jacket Quadrangle)
Buffalo, New York 14261

All South Campus residence halls:

Your full name
Your room number and room space
(e.g. 208B Clement Hall)
Buffalo, New York 14214

For additional information, visit the Campus Living Mail and Package Delivery website.

Flickinger Court ONLY:

Your full name
Your apartment number
(e.g. 02J Flickinger Court)
Amherst, New York 14228

Retrieving your mail and packages

Each residential area on-campus has its own mail & package area.  Students are provided their own mailbox for flat mail.  Notifications are NOT sent out to students for flat mail placed in their mailboxes. It is up to the student to check their mailbox periodically to retrieve it.

Students will be notified via their ‘buffalo.edu’ email with details of where to retrieve packages. 

All USPS mail is first delivered to our centralized Campus Mail center, located on North Campus.  From there it is processed and sent to our individual residential areas for delivery.  All packages are ready for pick up within 2 business days of arriving on campus. 

What to Expect at Move In

The start of the semester is an exciting time on campus with new and returning students coming to start a year of learning, exploring and personal growth. We can't wait to see you then!

2023-2024 Digital Move In Guide

The Move In Guides include directions to your specific check in location and detailed instructions for your move in day.

Move In Dates

Each resident will select a time slot from designated/available dates. Students will not be allowed to move in outside of their assigned time slot. Instructions for selecting your move in time will be communicated to you by email in early August or sooner.

Arrival and Check In Locations

Arrival Dates 8/24 through 8/27

  • Apartment residents should report to their assigned village office
  • Ellicott residents should report to their assigned building check in location
  • Governors residents should report to the tent near the entrance to Lehman Hall
  • Greiner residents should report to Greiner Hall in C Wing Classroom (134/135)
  • South Campus residents should report to the tent across from Goodyear Hall

All students must report to their check in location during their appointment time to check in and receive their key. You will not be able to enter your assigned building until you have checked in.

Other Arrival Dates and After Hours

  • Apartment residents should report to their assigned village office
  • Ellicott residents should report to the Area Office in 123 Richmond Quad
  • Governors residents should report to the Governors Area Office in 108 Lehman Hall
  • Greiner residents should report to Greiner Hall desk by Au Bon Pain
  • South Campus residents should report to the Main Street Area Office in 119 Goodyear Hall
Office Closed?

Should the office be closed, residential life staff may be contacted by:

  1. Calling the residential life staff member on call. Numbers should be posted at the area or complex office.
  2. Call the University Police non-emergency number at 716-645-2227 and ask for the residential life staff member on call.
  3. If you do not have a cell phone, call boxes are located on-campus for use.

Move In Appointments

In order to streamline the move in process, all students will be required to make a move in appointment in the housing portal. After arriving during your appointment time you will have three hours to complete your move in.

Appointment times will be staggered in one-hour increments. Each appointment time will be limited to a set number of students in each building.

Move In Appointment Times by Student Type
Student Type Dates Times
New Students Thursday, August 24 9am - 7pm
Returning Students Friday, August 25 9am - 6pm
  Saturday, August 26 9am - 6pm
  Sunday, August 27 12pm - 6pm

Selecting Your Appointment Time

The Move In Appointment Process will open in early August or sooner.

To select (or cancel/change) a timeslot:

  1. Log into the Campus Living Housing Portal at https://buffalo.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortalX
  2. Click “Move-in and Break Housing" and follow the instructions to schedule your move-in appointment. 
  3. Select one 1-hour timeslot from those available. The appointment is for your arrival time at your check-in location. You may arrive anytime during the 1 hour block.
  4. Timeslot appointments are limited and available on a first come/first serve basis, so you may not get your first choice.
  5. Timeslots may be cancelled/changed until 5:00 PM on Monday, August 21. To do this, repeat steps 1 through 3 above.
  6. You will receive an email confirming your request, cancellation or change.

If you have extenuating circumstances requiring you to move in at a time not offered, please email campusliving@buffalo.edu and our Housing Services staff will try to accommodate you.

If you must arrive earlier than the dates listed above you need to submit an Early Arrival application as described below.

Early Arrival

  • Students who need to arrive at UB before the dates listed above must apply and be approved for early arrival.
  • Early arrival application will be available in the Housing Portal in August or sooner.
  • The earliest possible date to arrive for fall 2023 is Saturday, August 19.
  • The Early Arrival Application deadline is Friday, August 11 at 5pm.
  • Students must provide a valid personal or academic reason for arriving early.
  • Additional nightly charges apply.

Late Move In

  • If you are moving in after 5 p.m. on the first day of classes, please complete the late arrival notification form (available in August or sooner) so that the Campus Living Housing Services office may hold your room

Frequently Asked Questions



How much will I pay for on-campus housing this year?

Housing rates vary depending on your room type and location.

When will I receive the bill for my on-campus housing?

Student bills, including the fall housing cost, will be issued on July 24 with a due date of August 23. Room changes that take place after July 22 will appear on the second Student Account bill.

Updated May 24, 2022

Are there payment plan options?

The University at Buffalo partners with Nelnet Campus Commerce to administer payment plans. Depending on when you enroll in the payment plan, you may have up to five installments.

I'm expecting a refund from financial aid, how will I receive my check?

Student Accounts recommends enrolling in direct deposit so that your financial aid or overpayment refunds (excluding credit card overpayments) are deposited directly into your U.S. bank account.


What are the contract dates for on-campus housing this year?

Academic Year Agreement
Semester Contract Dates
Fall 2023 August 24, 2023 - December 21, 2023
Spring 2024 January 23, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Full Year Agreement
Semester Contract Dates
Fall 2023 August 24, 2023 - December 24, 2023
Spring 2024 January 23, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Summer 2024 May 19, 2024 - July 31, 2024

Updated May 24, 2022


When will residence halls and apartments close for breaks?

Nov. 22 - Nov. 24

Dec. 21 - Jan. 23

Mar. 21 - Mar. 24

Updated June 15, 2023

Can I stay in on-campus housing during break periods?

In order to be eligible to remain in on-campus housing during break periods you must complete an application. There are no additional costs for break housing. 

Updated June 15, 2023


When can I start using my meal plan?

For new students, dining points are active for use starting on Tuesday, January 22.

Meal Swipes/Exchanges begin on Wednesday, January 23. 

For more details visit the Campus Dining & Shops website.


What do I need to use my meal plan?

Everything is accessed using your UB Card. But you can also download the GET App, a mobile platform that provides convenience by linking your UB Card right to your smartphone. You can order food, make reservations, add funds, even pay with your phone all with the app.

Use the “Scan Card” feature for contactless payment, and online ordering to skip waiting in lines.

  • Search “CBORD GET” in the App Store
  • Install and open “GET Mobile”
  • Select “University at Buffalo”
  • Allow access to photos on your device
  • Login in with your UBit name and password

Updated October 27, 2023

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