Before Leaving Home

You’ve been accepted to UB — congratulations! Now it’s time to start thinking about the “big move” to Buffalo. Planning carefully will reduce any worries and make your journey more relaxed, so have a look below and get started now.

On this page:

Pre-Arrival Tasks

ISS has compiled a list of common tasks that international students can begin prior to arriving to the U.S. The earlier you complete these tasks, the better!


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

Important On-campus Housing Information

Fall 2023 housing information coming soon...

Health Insurance, Health Forms & Immunizations

As required by the State of New York, all UB students must submit completed Health Background & Immunization Forms and satisfy a number of  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.

HUB Student Center: Billing & Holds

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.