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 you to submit your exchange application by our deadline so we can process your application in time for you to apply for on-campus housing. Please note you cannot apply for on-campus housing before you receive official notification of your 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.
When you receive official notification of your acceptance to UB, you will receive a housing booklet and instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing. You will be required to apply online, pay a housing deposit of $300, and complete an online Residence Hall Agreement and Housing Preference Questionnaire.
Off-Campus Housing: If you prefer to live off campus, it is your responsibility to arrange your own housing. You are strongly encouraged to make use of campus resources and advice while searching for housing and before you sign a lease or contract. Before you 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 you to select criteria for your search such as maximum rent, number of bedrooms, area, etc.