Welcome Home - Fall 2020

Student studying at picnic table.

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 for you to excel 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

The safety of our residents is our first priority. Therefore, we have decided to reduce density to have no more than two residents in a room. This will require many changes to the available spaces in our on-campus residences.

Residents will be contacted via email when their assignment has been completed. Once you have been assigned a room, your room details, including your roommate's information, will be available in your housing portal.

Assignments are made on a rolling basis and some residents will receive notifications before others. Please wait until the posted announcement date below to contact us about your assignment.

Reassignments for Returning Residents

  • Reassignments completed July 6 and communicated to students via email.

Initial Assignments for New Students

  • Assignments for on-time applications completed the week of July 26.

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 canellation deadline was July 31. Cancellation requests recieved after this date will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may incur a financial penalty.

All cancellation requests should be submitted directly through the housing portal

What to Bring

Packing Considerations

For health and safety reasons, we will not have an assisted move in process this year. Students will be allowed no more than two people to help with move in. We ask you to carefully consider the amount of personal belongings you bring. 

Personal Health and Safety - Packing List Additions



  • Approved Power Strips (extension cords are not allowed in residence halls or apartments)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Area Rug
  • Bed Sheets (Twin Extra Long for Residence Halls/Full Size for Apartments)
  • Blankets
  • Boot Tray
  • Calendar
  • Cell Phone/Charger
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Coffee Maker (Keurig-type coffee maker with an automatic shut off feature is recommended)
  • Comforter/Bedspread
  • Crates and/or Storage Bins
  • Dishes, Bowls, Cups, Silverware, etc.
  • Desk Lamp
  • Ethernet Cord
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Headphones/Ear Buds
  • Hot Pot or Electric Tea Kettle with Auto Shut-off
  • Identification
  • Iron with Auto Shut-off/Compact
  • Ironing Board
  • Laptop Computer/Charger
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Detergent/Supplies
  • Medications
  • Organizers/Planners
  • Paper Towels
  • Pictures from Home
  • Pillows
  • Recreational Equipment
  • Robe
  • Sewing Kit
  • School Supplies
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Sandals
  • Small First Aid Kit



  • Additional cleaning supplies (broom, dustpan etc.)
  • Carpet/Area Rug
  • Compact Refrigerator | Residence Halls: refrigerators are limited to two per quad or triple and one per double or single and can be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet. (Apartments include a refrigerator) 
  • Game Consoles/Electronic Equipment
  • Fan
  • Posters/Wall Decorations (See Guide to Campus Living)
  • Snacks/Food Items
  • TV and Coaxial Cable (Students can bring a cable or determine the length needed to purchase it locally)



  • Air Conditioners (Residence Halls - Apartments are Air Conditioned)
  • Bed Risers (Residence Halls & Apartments)
  • Candles (Residence Halls & Apartments)
  • Extension Cords (Residence Halls & Apartments) Surge protectors only
  • Hover-Boards (Residence Halls & Apartments)
  • Incense (Residence Halls & Apartments)
  • Microwave Oven (Residence Halls - Apartments include microwave in unit)
  • Oil Burning, Halogen, Torchiere/ Tree-style a Multi-head or
  • Octopus-style Lamps (Residence Halls & Apartments)
  • Tapestries and Cloth Wall Hangings (Residence Halls & Apartments) 
  • Cooking Appliances (Residence Halls):
    Crock Pot
    Hot Plate
    Grilling Machine
    Rice Cooker
    Sandwich Maker
    Slow Cooker
  • Pets (other than fish - 10 gallon tanks or less)
  • Alcohol (prohibited in first-year areas and for persons under 21)
  • Permanent adhesives and nails
  • Weapons (e.g. firearms, airsoft guns, non-kitchen knives)
  • Flammable, combustible liquids such as lighter fluid, propane or butane

Shipping Belongings Before Arrival

  • Campus Living will begin accepting letters and packages for fall 2020 students on August 15, 2020; 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 3 hour 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

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 a mailbox for flat letters; students will be notified via their ‘buffalo.edu’ email with details of where to retreive packages. 

All campus mail is first delivered to our central mail service 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. 

Delivery Delays

Due to increased safety measures in response to COVID-19, there may be longer delays in mail & package delivery for fall 2020.  Although you may get notification by a 3rd party vendor that your package has been delivered, it still may take Campus Living several additional days to process your package.  Students should only pick up their package after being notified by Campus Living that their package is available for pick-up.


If you have questions about a specific mail/package delivery, including inquires about forwarding, please fill out the mail/package inquiry form.

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!

2020-2021 Digital Move In Guide

New for 2020: Move In Week

Move in of both new and returning residents will take place over a full week. In order to allow for a safe distance while moving in, each resident will select a three hour 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.

Move in dates by student type

  • New International: Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 23
  • New Domestic: Monday, August 24 - Thursday, August 27
  • Returning: Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30

Arrival and Check In Location

Arrival Dates 8/24 through 8/30 - Jarvis A Lot

All students must report to the Jarvis A parking lot any time during their 3 hour appointment to check in and receive their key. You will not be able to enter your assigned building until you have checked in at the Jarvis lot.

Arrival Dates 8/22 and 8/23

  • 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 A102 Griener Hall (front desk)

Move In Appointments

In order to comply with UB’s health guidelines and the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and SUNY, all Campus Living residents must make a move-in appointment to encourage social distancing. Appointments are available in 3 hour timeslots based on your student classification.

Selecting Your Appointment Time

The move-in appointment scheduler is now closed. All appointments have been finalzied. You can view your scheduled appointment time in the housing portal

  • Select "Make an Appointment"
  • View Your Arrival Details
  • View Your Current Appointment

If you have an extenuating circumstance preventing you from moving in as scheduled, please arrive as close to your appointment as possible. You will be asked by check-in staff to provide a detailed reason for missing your appointment as well as supporting documentation (example: boarding pass if your flight was delayed or changed, letter from employer if  parent work schedule changed, etc). If you have questions, please contact campusliving@buffalo.edu.

Late Move In

  • Move in times will be scheduled in advance. Once scheduled times have been announced, instructions will be provided for requesting a different date/time if you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from keeping your appointment.
  • Your room assignment will typically be held until 5 p.m. on the first day of classes for that semester.
  • If you are moving in after this date, please complete the late arrival request form (available in August) so that the Campus Living Housing Services office may hold your room.

Health and Safety

Together, we are staying safer.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Help our community stay safer and decrease the spread of COVID-19 by making the behaviors listed in our UB Health and Safety Guidelines part of your routine. 

Together, we are protecting each other.

Take the pledge

All UB students, faculty, staff and guests are asked to demonstrate their shared commitment by pledging to follow these guidelines at all times and in all circumstances while on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions



Why have housing rates been adjusted for fall?

In response to the changes in density and room types, a new standard housing rate is being implemented for all residence hall rooms (excluding Greiner Hall).

  • The standard rate is based on a maximum two-person occupancy.
  • This rate is lower than what was originally projected for single and large double rooms for Fall 2020.
  • Having all residence hall rooms at one rate simplifies the rate structure and allows for flexibility with room assignment changes.

Updated July 24, 2020

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

Student bills, including one half of the annual housing cost, will be issued on August 10 with a due date of September 2.

Updated July 24, 2020


If on-campus housing is closed will I receive a refund?

  • Upon reasonable notice, residents may be required to vacate residence halls and apartments on a temporary or permanent basis.
  • In the event that Campus Living terminates housing due to public health concerns for the remainder of the semester, the University will offer reimbursements according to the reimbursement schedule.
  • The reimbursement schedule considers that university housing rates fund both fixed and variable costs to operate the residence halls and apartments. This means that refunds are not given based solely on the date of cancellation. More information about the method of calculating refunds can be found in the Addendum to the Housing Agreement

Updated July 24, 2020


Will contract dates for on-campus housing be different this year?

In response to changes to the academic calendar, including online instructions beginning at fall break, the contract dates for on-campus housing have been adjusted.

Housing dates by term:

Fall 2020
August 27, 2020 - November 25, 2020

Spring 2021
January 20, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Summer 2021
May 16, 2021 - July 31, 2021

Updated July 24, 2020

With the changes to the rates and contract dates will I need to re-sign my housing agreement?

Yes. You must login to the housing portal and review the Addendum to the Housing Agreement. You must acknowledge and agree to all of the terms and conditions by July 31, 2020. Students will not be permitted to move in to on-campus housing in August if they have not agreed to the terms.

  1. Login to the housing portal
  2. Click the “Agreement Addendum” tab
  3. Select term “Academic Year 2020-2021” and click Continue
  4. Submit Missing Person Contact Information (optional)
  5. Read and review the complete Addendum to the Housing Agreement
  6. Enter your UB Person Number to agree to the updated terms and conditions
  7. If you are under the age of 18 you will be required to complete the parental agreement

Updated July 24, 2020


Why aren't the South Campus residence halls being used for student housing in Fall 2020?

Clement and Goodyear Halls will no longer be housing residents for the Fall 2020 term. Many factors went into this decision:

  • Decreased demand for on-campus housing due to the modified in-person class schedule
  • Need for dedicated on-campus quarantine space
  • Consolidation of services and resources onto the North Campus to better serve our residents

Goodyear Hall will be a dedicated quarantine space reserved for the needs of on-campus residents during the coming semester.

All students previously assigned to these buildings have been notified and are being given new housing assignments in facilities on the North Campus.

Updated August 4, 2020


Will residents be required to leave on-campus housing for fall break?

Yes. The housing contract will end on Wednesday, November 25. All residents will be required to move out by 10am on that day. 

Any student that requires break housing will need to complete an application and additional charges may apply. Only students who will be returning to on-campus housing in the spring and who meet the additional criteria to stay will be approved for winter break housing. 

Updated June 30, 2020

Will residents be able to keep their belongings in on-campus housing during winter break?

Students who are returning to the same assignment for the spring semester will be permitted to leave their belongings in their rooms. Students will not have access to their residence during winter break. 

Updated June 30, 2020


I canceled my housing application for Fall 2020 but may want to live on-campus in the Spring. Do I have to apply again?

Applications for fall housing are actually for the full year (fall and spring). Cancelling your housing application for Fall 2020 means that you do not have an active application or a guaranteed room for Spring 2021.

You will need to submit a new housing application to secure a room on-campus for the spring. The application for Spring 2021 housing will open on October 1.

Updated July 23, 2020


What dining options will be available on campus for residents?

UB Campus Dining operations will be modified to meet new state requirements for cleaning, social distancing, customer limits and modified indoor seating.

More than 30 campus locations will be revamped including new grab-and-go sites, a zoned and time seating reservation system in residential dining centers and mobile ordering.

Campus Dining and Shops are updating the meal plan options for the coming year, as well as what dining locations and food service types will be offered. When these details are finalized they will be communicated to students by email and on the MyUBCard website.

Will there be contactless payment and pick-up options available?

Download the GET Mobile app which has a “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 July 17, 2020