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Housing in Buffalo

Students Who Will Live On-Campus

Although University Residence Halls don't officially open until January 26, 2014, international students who will attend International Student Orientation and who have made arrangements to live on campus will be permitted to check in to their residence halls on Monday, January 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  No check-ins will be permitted before January 20.  There will be a $35 per night early arrival charge; it will be billed directly to your student account.  

If you choose to stay in the residence halls during International Student Orientation, please be aware that the halls will not be officially open and, therefore, there will be few students staying there and only a small number of residence halls staff to assist you.

You should also be aware that, once you check in to your room, you are contractually obligated to rent the room for the entire academic year. Housing contracts are typically broken only if a student leaves the University at Buffalo.

On-Campus Housing Room Assignments & Cancellation Deadline

The Housing Office plans to send housing information electronically to international students and will use the e-mail address you provided on your admissions application for that purpose. If you do not receive your housing information by Friday, January 10, feel free to contact the Housing Office by telephone at (716) 645-2171, by e-mail at or by fax at (716) 645-3968. The Housing Office is open on Mondays - Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST.

The deadline to cancel on-campus room assignments and receive a $300 housing deposit refund is December 1, 2013. Students who submit their cancellation requests after December 1, 2013 will forfeit their $300 housing deposits. Any cancellations received after December 15, 2013 will result in forfeiture of the $300 housing deposit plus a $150 late cancellation charge. If you decide not to live in the University residence halls, you should contact the Housing Office as soon as possible to avoid additional billing.

Students Who Will Live Off-Campus

If you choose not to live on campus, we urge you to 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. Should you need temporary accommodations prior to January 20 or during International Student Orientation, please consult the list of hotels in the New International Student Guide, which is in your acceptance packet. Note: The University at Buffalo has no temporary housing for incoming students.

International Student Club representatives often assist new students with housing questions and concerns. For a list of international clubs, please visit

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