Campus Housing

Location
Buffalo, NY
Undergrads
17,507
Tuition (in-state)
$16,190 ($5,570)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: living in dorm is definitely convenient and good for students to become sociable. however, the cost is really high so that i chose to live off campus.

College Student

Campus Housing: I heard its good but who knows

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The school is surprisingly outdated in the dorms whereas the school and academic buildings are all well maintained. The dorms however are old, the walls bow in and out, the walls are paper thin, paint is chipping from the walls and doors, the floors are in poor torn up condition, cleanliness with the cleaning staff is not satisfactoy in any way shape or form. The bathrooms have the same dirt and spots that have been there for a week or greater. Things spilled in the stairs and walkways in the dorms have not been cleaned in over 3 weeks.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The room selection for current students is difficult and frustrating.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Governors is great except it is too loud at night some times because of the lounge set up

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 250th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 403rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 967th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1221st
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Hometown
Amherst, N.Y.
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Only about one-third of undergraduates live on campus, so rooming at "Smellicott," "Gover-nerds," or South Campus is an experience within an experience at UB. Anarchy reigns at Wilkeson Quad and Spaulding Quad in Ellicott, where many first-year students are assigned. The sheer size of Ellicott is intimidating. The complex has six quads, and each quad is its own set of eight to ten interconnected buildings that range from five to ten stories. Athletes and honors students are sent to Governors, a quieter and more intimate complex close to the academic buildings. The aging South Campus dorms are also home to a fair number of first-year undergrads who study on North. Overall, dorm living at UB is not without its quality of life issues, as rooms are crowded and false fire alarms are a constant annoyance. Everyone praises the free laundry, the availability of special-interest floors, and the campus bus service that shuttles students to and from the academic buildings. Most students love their experience in the dorms without having any special affection for the dorms themselves.

Staying in Ellicott or Governors for four years is somewhat of a stigma at UB. After sophomore year, many students take their chances in the highly competitive lottery for UB's coveted on-campus apartments. Students have to pay their dues to get an apartment. Each applicant is given a lottery number based on GPA, credit hours taken, and number of semesters in the dorms. It's clear why the apartments are in such high demand. They are handsome, modern, and convenient. Perhaps the most popular apartment complex is South Lake Village, which has stunning views every night of the sun setting behind the campus across Lake LaSalle. Two of UB's best apartment complexes, however, are available only to graduate students.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
7,570
Average Housing Costs
$6,540
Undergrads Living On Campus
35%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
6
Best Dorms
  • Ellicott Complex
  • Goodyear Hall
Worst Dorms
  • Macdonald
  • Pritchard
  • Schoellkopf Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Mattress
  • Mirror
Also Available
Special-interest housing. There are also five apartment complex "villages" are located on or near North Campus. Three are available to undergraduates. The application process is highly competitive; it's impossible for a freshman to get in and nearly impossible for a sophomore. Units range from studios to four-bedroom suites.
Available for Rent
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Did You Know?
  • All campus residents get free cable and access to three movie channels, which play everything from new releases to classics.
  • Governors Residence Halls are designed by noted architect IM Pei, who also designed Boston's John Hancock Tower and the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington. However, few students think his dull concrete dorm at UB compares to the quality of his other work.
  • Laundry is free on campus. Because many students who live off campus have to pay for their laundry, non-residents sometimes bring their laundry to North or South Campus and try to use the laundry rooms in the dorms.
  • UB plans to extensively expand its student housing. Several properties have been recently purchased and are currently being renovated for this purpose.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Clement Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 480
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: South Campus; Laundry, study lounge, TV lounge, computer lab, aerobics and fitness room
Ellicott Complex (Fargo, Porter, Richmond, Red Jacket, Spaulding, and Wilkeson Halls)
Floors: Each quad contains 8-10 buildings that range from 5-10 floors
Number of Occupants: 3,250
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, split triples, quads, split quads
Special Features: North Campus; Laundry, food court, aerobics and fitness room, computer lab, study center, convenience store
Goodyear Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 480
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: South Campus; Laundry, study lounge, TV lounge, computer lab, aerobics and fitness room
Governors Complex (Dewey, Lehman, Clinton, and Roosevelt Halls)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 825
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: North Campus; Laundry, aerobics and fitness room, computer lab, study center, convenience store
MacDonald Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: South Campus; Laundry, study lounge
Michael Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: South Campus; Laundry, study lounge
Pritchard Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: South Campus; Laundry, study lounge
Schoellkopf Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: South Campus; Laundry, study lounge

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Flickinger Court Apartments
Floors: 1-2
Number of Units: 115
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Graduate students, professional students, married students
Room Types: Two-bedroom townhouses
Special Features: North Campus; Laundry, apartments not furnished, utilities not included
Flint Village Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 536
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: One-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: North Campus; Laundry, community center with reception room, lounge, game room
Hadley Village Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 624
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: North Campus; Laundry, community center with reception room, lounge, game room
South Lake Village Apartments
Floors: 2-3
Number of Units: 552
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Studio, one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: North Campus; Laundry, community center with reception room, lounge, game room
University Village at Sweet Home
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen receive priority
Room Types: One, two, and four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Social lounge, game room, transportation services to North Campus, fitness center, tanning beds, computer lab, outdoor pool, indoor basketball court
Villas at Chestnut Ridge
Floors: 2-Jan
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen receive priority
Room Types: Studio, studio deluxe, two and four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Social lounge, game room, fitness center, outdoor pool, transportation services to North Campus, on-site staff, computer lab, tanning beds, Xbox live game room

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