Before Leaving Home

You’ve been accepted to UB — congratulations! Now it’s time to start thinking about the “big move” to Buffalo. You have many great experiences to look forward to at UB, and planning for your trip can be just as fun and exciting. Planning carefully will also reduce any worries and make your trip more relaxed. There are many things to do before you depart for UB, so let’s start planning now!

On this page:

Pre-Arrival Tasks

ISS has complied a list of common tasks that international students should complete prior to arriving to the U.S.  We recommend that you complete these tasks early as you plan your attendance at UB.


Whether you choose to live on-campus or off-campus, there's information to help you make the right choice.

Important On-campus Housing Dates- Apply early to secure your room!

The Fall 2022 housing application is available. 

  • The deadline  to apply for on-campus housing for Fall 2022 is May 10, 2022.

Health Insurance, Health Forms & Immunizations

As required by the State of New York, UB requires that all students submit completed Health Background & Immunization Forms, and satisfy immunization requirements before registering for classes.

Already Submitted Your Health Background Form?

Student Health Services does not send confirmation that they received the forms.  

Once your forms have been processed by Student Health Services your immunization hold will be removed.

Getting Connected: Information Technology and Free Software

Get started with everything technology-related at the University at Buffalo with this orientation video. You can also visit for short videos on some of the topics covered in the video below.

Did You Know...?

  • UBIT has recommended software and provides downloads for personal computers at no charge.
  • UBIT offers educational discounts on computers and personal devices.
  • You can run the same popular software as UB’s public computing sites from your personally device, on or off campus using My Virtual Public Site.
  • UB Mobile can be used to connect to essential UB information and services - right from your smartphone or tablet.

Your UB Account

International Payments with Flywire

UB has partnered with Flywire to make international payments easier. If you wish to pay from home and in your home currency, Flywire can help! Click the link below to learn more.

Money Matters

Looking for Information on On-campus jobs?

Learn more on our Making UB Your Home page.