Local Atmosphere

Buffalo, NY
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I love living in Buffalo. There's stuff to do always, if you're looking for it.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ive lived in the city my whole life. Its the perfect balance.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Grew up in the area. Lots to do in the downtown area!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is in the city so there is general something to do. Someone is always getting mugged though so don't carry valuables.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is located in a rough neighborhood. Niagara Falls is far from school, and pretty much not much to do.


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Caitlyn Fennell
Hamburg, NY
International Relations
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Ugly scars of industrialism aside, Buffalo's a pretty nice place to live. Everywhere you turn is an architecturally unique building with a history. It's technically a big city, but it sometimes seems more like a small town—the idea of "six degrees of separation" is more like "three" when you're from Buffalo. Canisius provides its students with Metro passes each year, which can transport you the length of the city. Buffalo is certainly student-friendly, and bringing your student ID (and Metro pass) wherever you go can benefit you with a host of discounts, from a nice dinner at Chef's to admission to the Buffalo Zoo.

Other colleges in the area include: the University of Buffalo or "UB," "Buff" State (Buffalo State College), Medaille College, Daemen College, D'Youville College, Bryant & Stratton College, Trocaire College, and Erie Community College. Buffalo is known more for its bars and abysmal sports legacies than crime, but it is not a wealthy city, and poverty does breed lawlessness. This is not particularly a huge concern on campus, but make sure to take sensible precautions when you venture out on the town.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Buffalo, N.Y., was first settled in 1789.
  2. Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar is the official inventor of the [Buffalo] chicken wing.
  3. In the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabre Jim Lorentz noticed a bat flying around and killed it with his stick. This is often regarded as a curse by some Sabres fans, as they ended up losing that series and haven't gotten close to a Stanley Cup since.
  4. It's not known for sure how "Buffalo" got its name, but the most commonly accepted story is that it was derived from French explorers' reaction to the Buffalo River-"beau fleau," meaning "beautiful river."
Notable Natives
  • Lucille Ball - comedienne
  • Wolf Blitzer - TV journalist
  • David Boreanaz - actor
  • Grover Cleveland - 22nd and 24th President of the United States
  • Ani DiFranco - singer/songwriter, feminist icon
  • Millard Fillmore - 13th President of the United States
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald - author
  • Vincent Gallo - film director
  • Rick James - singer/songwriter
  • Patrick Kaleta - NHL hockey player
  • Patrick Kane - NHL hockey player
  • Don Majkowski - NFL quarterback
  • Chad Michael Murray - actor
  • John Roberts - 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • Namaan Roosevelt - NFL football player
  • Tim Russert - TV journalist
  • Johnny Rzeznik - lead singer of Goo Goo Dolls
Local Slang
  • Beef on Weck: This phrase refers to a sandwich you can only find in Buffalo-roast beef on a kimmelweck roll.
  • BW3: Buffalo Wild Wings (formerly Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck, hence the "3")
  • Pop: This term is used more often than or interchangeably with soda.
  • The Ralph: Ralph Wilson Stadium
  • The Strip: The three-mile area of Elmwood Avenue, famous for its nightlife
  • Wide Right: Disaster. "Wide Right" describes Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood's missed 47-yard field goal at the Super Bowl in 1991.
  • Youse: "You" plural
Points of Interest
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • The Anchor Bar
  • Broadway Market
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • Canada
  • Chippewa Street
  • Delaware Park
  • Elmwood Avenue
  • First Niagara Center (formerly known as HSBC Arena, now humorously referred to as the "effin [FN] Center")
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Kleinhans Music Hall
  • Niagara Falls
  • Old Fort Niagara
  • Ralph Wilson Stadium
  • Shea's Performing Arts Center
  • Six Flags Darien Lake
  • Studio Arena
Shopping Centers
  • McKinley Mall
  • Walden Galleria
Movie Theaters
Dipson Amherst 3
3500 Main St.
(716) 834-7655
Movie Theaters
Regal Elmwood Center 16
2001 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 871-0950
Movie Theaters
Regal Walden Galleria Stadium 16
1 Walden Galleria Drive
(716) 681-3724
Major Sports Teams
  • Buffalo Bandits: National Lacrosse League
  • Buffalo Bills: NFL
  • Buffalo Bisons: Minor league baseball
  • Buffalo Sabres: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: : 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: : 3 hours, 40 minutes
Did You Know?
Buffalo once had a professional basketball team-the "Buffalo Braves." They are now the Los Angeles Clippers.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 25% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 60% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 39 responses

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 72% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 64% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.


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