There is a lot you can do to get ready before the academic semester starts.
ISS recommends that you complete the following items after arriving in Buffalo. Don't forget that you may have other academic requirements. Be sure to check with your academic department!
If you are living on campus and have made arrangements for early arrival, please refer to the UB Campus Living website for information about check-in days and times.
Otherwise, please make temporary housing arrangements prior to your arrival in Buffalo. We do not recommend arriving on campus with lots of luggage and no place to spend the night, as it is very difficult to find permanent housing in one day.
Student Life partners with local hospitality companies to offer both convenience and value to guests visiting UB. If you're looking to stay at a local hotel be sure to check out these options.
We recommend that all graduate international students new to UB's campus participate in International Student Welcome programs and activities.
UB provides bus and shuttle services to get you around each campus and between the North, South and Downtown campuses. UB Parking and Transporation also provides a Mall/Market Shuttle to take students to and from grocery stores and local shopping centers.
Click on this link to learn more about the services provided by UB Parking and Transportation.
Many of your textbooks for your classes can be purchased at the UB Bookstore. New and (sometimes) used textbooks can be found stocked on their shelves. Secure you textbooks early so you don't fall behind on assignments.
Disclaimer: Neither UB nor ISS specifically endorse the products of the vendors listed on the vendor page.
Please follow instructions listed on the ISS Social Security webpage for information about how to apply for a Social Security card. F-1 students must have a job offer letter before requesting a DSO Letter for their Social Security Card application.
After you have addressed any holds on your account, please be sure to finalize your schedule for the semester. Students must be registered full-time (12 or more credits, or less than 12 credits will appropriate authorization) by the end of the drop/add period for the upcoming semester.
Your UB Card can be picked up from the UB Card Office in 1 Capen..
If you did not complete the Pre-Arrival Tasks before arriving in the U.S., please be sure to complete them now that you have arrived. Completing the tasks on the Pre-Arrival Tasks list and the Post-Arrival Tasks list will help aid in your transition to life at UB.
The free safety-enhancing UB Guardian App allows you to: