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Housing in Buffalo

Deciding where to live is one of the most important decisions you will make!  To help you decide, read Living On-Campus vs. Off-Campus.

Students Who Will Live On-Campus

Although University housing does not officially open for new students until August 27, 2015, 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 on-campus housing starting on Friday, August 21. No students will be permitted to move in before August 21. Students approved for early check in must check in during the following times:

Residence Halls:
Note: You must check in at the "Area Office" assigned to your residence Hall.
Friday, August 21: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 22: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 23: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 24: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 27: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 28: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 29: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 30: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

On-Campus Apartments:

Friday, August 21: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 22: 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 23: 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, August 24: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 27: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 28: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 29: 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 30: 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Students who choose to move in prior to August 27 may incur a $35 per night early arrival charge, depending on their actual housing assignment. After you have been assigned to on-campus housing, full details about your housing start date and early arrival charges will be sent to you via e-mail. At that time, you may contact the Housing Operations office with questions.

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

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

Click here for more information about living on campus and the check-in process.

On-Campus Housing Room Assignments & Cancellation Deadline

Information about your housing assignment (location, roommate, check-in dates and times) will be sent to you in early August. 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 the beginning of August, please 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. - 5:00 p.m. EST. You may also visit the check-in website ( after August 1, 2015 for more information about check-in.

For INTERNATIONAL students, the deadline to cancel on-campus housing is July 1, 2015. Please note that the cancellation deadline for all other students is May 1, 2015. After July 1, 2015, you will not be released from your housing contract unless you choose not to attend UB during the Fall 2015 semester. Please do not sign a lease for an off-campus apartment after July 1, 2015 as you will not be released from your on-campus Housing Agreement.

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 August 21 or during International Student Orientation, your temporary housing options include staying in a hotel or with a friend, relative or UB student.

The hotels listed below are located near UB's North Campus.  The prices listed are subject to change.

10 Flint Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Tel. (716) 689-4414
$108 (UB Rate)


1 Flint Road

Amherst, NY 14226

Tel. (716) 688-0811 or 1-800-800-8000

$74.99 and up – Free shuttle service from Buffalo airport

42 Flint Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Tel. (716) 689-7474
$49.29 and up


2402 North Forest Road

Getzville, NY 14068

Tel. (716) 636-7500

$79-$89 (UB Rate)

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

Note: The University at Buffalo has no temporary housing for incoming students.


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