Due to limited space, the University at Buffalo cannot officially guarantee on-campus housing to all exchange students. However, our exchange application deadlines have been set to give exchange applicants the best chance for securing an on-campus room. Generally, exchange students who apply for on-campus housing before May 1st or December 1st will receive an offer for an on-campus room. Therefore we strongly encourage students to submit their exchange application by our deadline so we can process their application in time for them to apply for on-campus housing. Please note students cannot apply for on-campus housing before they receive official notification of their acceptance to UB.
UB offers two options for On-Campus Housing:
Traditional Residence Halls: Rooms are shared with one, two or three roommates. There are shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common lounges for students on each floor. For students coming to UB in August, the residence hall agreements (housing contracts) will be for the fall and spring semesters. Students staying for the fall semester only will have to apply for early termination of their housing agreement before the end of the fall semester. Please note there are residence halls on both the North Campus and the South Campus. There is a free UB shuttle service that connects the two campuses.
Apartments: Rooms are single bedrooms in an apartment with three roommates. Each apartment has a kitchen, living/dining area, and semi-private bathrooms. It is important to note that the apartments are on the North Campus and have 10- or 12-month contracts.
Visit the UB Campus Living website for more information on housing options.
When students receive official notification of their acceptance to UB, they will receive a housing booklet and instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing. Students will be required to apply online, pay a housing deposit of $300, and complete an online Residence Hall Agreement and Housing Preference Questionnaire. The University Residence Halls & Apartments office will send on-campus housing placement information directly to students in late July and late December. Students with an on-campus placement can check in early for the International Student Orientation. A fee of $35/night will be charged for each night spent in the dormitories until the regular contract begins. Details for early check-in will be sent to students prior to departure.
UB Dining Services operates four residence hall dining centers (breakfast and dinner), two food courts, two restaurants, a kosher deli, and four satellite lunch centers. There are also numerous coffee and snack shops in addition to a variety of campus vendors. Several meal plan options are available for purchase.
Off-Campus Housing: If students prefer to live off campus, it is their responsibility to arrange their own housing. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of campus resources and advice while searching for housing and before they sign a lease or contract. Before students begin, there is excellent information specific to international students on the UB International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website. The UB Off-Campus Housing office also has a search engine for off-campus listings. This allows students to select criteria for their search such as maximum rent, number of bedrooms, area, etc.