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Campus Life FAQ

Wondering what it’s like living at UB? Want to know what sorts of things there are to do on and off campus? We’ve assembled answers to the most frequently asked questions about living at UB.

So what’s the weather really like?

Buffalo weather is much more moderate than you might expect. We get our share of snow, but the occasional snow storms are more fun than trouble. Fall is beautiful, long and pleasant, and spring is usually short and lovely. Our summer is glorious with lots of sunshine and some of the best temperatures in the Northeast!

How diverse is UB?

At UB, we believe a diverse learning environment is essential to a successful college experience. Approximately 20% of the undergraduate student body are underrepresented minority students. In addition, 9% of our undergraduate students come to UB from another country.

Is UB in the city or the suburbs?

Both! The university has three campuses, each with a personality of its own. The North Campus, where most academic programs are located, is situated in suburban Amherst, NY and is one of the most modern campuses in the nation. Dating from the early 20th century, the more traditional South Campus, convenient to shopping, public transportation, and inexpensive off-campus housing, is in a residential area at the northern edge of the City of Buffalo. A 10-minute ride on the university’s shuttle bus transports students between the North and South campuses. Adjacent to Buffalo’s medical district, UB’s growing downtown campus can be reached using the city’s Metro Rail.

Does UB have guaranteed housing?

Accepted students who have submitted their tuition and housing deposits by May 1 are given priority consideration for on-campus housing.

Are freshmen required to live in the residence halls?

No. However, we strongly encourage new students to live on campus and experience all UB has to offer.

If I have chosen to live on campus, when will I get my room assignment? Will I know who my roommates are?

We typically send out room assignments in mid-July. With your room assignment, we also send you the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your roommates.

What comes with a dorm room?

Our residence halls come furnished with a lamp, lighted mirror, desk and chair, night stand, dresser, twin sized bed, plugs, a cable connection, telephone jack and closet.

Can I spend the night in a dorm?

No, the Office of Admissions at UB does not offer an overnight visit program.

If I live on campus, where will I eat?

If you plan to live on campus, you’ll select from one of our dining plan options and will be issued a UB card. This is your dining service card and it can be used in each main residence hall dining center, plus numerous other dining locations on both campuses for your convenience.

If I live off campus, can I have a dining plan as well?

As a commuter, you can choose any dining plan you would like. There is also a Dining Dollar plan that is offered to students living off campus.

Can a freshman have a car on campus?


What if I don’t have a car? How can I get around?

UB offers a free shuttle bus service between North and South Campus that takes about 10 minutes. The Buffalo-area public transportation system (the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, or NFTA) serves the North and South Campuses by bus, and its Metro Rail connects the South Campus to downtown Buffalo. Many student organizations also arrange transportation to social and athletic events.

When I’m not studying, what is there to do?

UB sponsors an exciting variety of campus events, including concerts, festivals, movies, visiting lecturers, Division I and club sports, and more. Our campus recreational facilities are excellent, offering everything you’ll need to keep yourself in shape throughout the year. You’ll find lots to do off campus as well. Buffalo offers exciting nightlife, a great arts scene, major league sports, every kind of outdoor activity, loads of shopping, and another country (Canada) all within minutes of campus!

Does UB have fraternities and sororities?

UB has 38 fraternities and sororities. Because we encourage you to spend your first semester on campus focusing on your academics and making the adjustment to UB, freshmen are not eligible for membership until their second semester. Questions about Greek life can be addressed to the coordinator of Greek affairs in the Student Life office at 716-645-2055.

Last updated: August 17, 2016 12:41 pm EST