Off-Campus Housing

Buffalo, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$16,190 ($5,570)
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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I have some knowledge about Buffalo City

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The options are all pretty solid, it's however mildly difficult to get onto the campus quickly without a bicycle or vehicle.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I could not live in the townhouses the upcoming year with three fellow students which I already know, since I don't have my own vehicle and can't always rely on the bussing system.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We have a lot of choices with the villas and apartments

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As far as I have seen, The off campus housing is good. There are villas right off campus that are really pretty. Its more expensive I think, but its sort of worth it


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  • 106th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Off-campus housing at UB is the rule, not the exception. There are so many options off campus that where you choose to live after freshman year becomes a statement about who you are. It's common for freshmen to hear things like, "You're a real Elmwood girl," or "I can totally see you living in the Heights someday." The most popular options are the big brick houses and wooden shacks in University Heights, the cookie-cutter suburban apartments that surround North Campus, and nicer apartments on the tree-lined streets of city neighborhoods such as North Buffalo, Allentown, and the Elmwood Village.

University Heights, which spreads out for a full square mile around South Campus, has been a lively, diverse student neighborhood since the early 20th century. Though most of the academic departments moved to North Campus in the `70s, the frat houses, bars, stores, and coffee shops in the Heights are still the epicenter of off-campus social life. Thousands of students are attracted to the area for its dirt-cheap rents (usually around $200/month) and party-ready student houses. The Heights isn't for everyone, though; the threat of crime means that students ought to be street smart, and the high number of shoddy houses and slumlords means you need to really shop around. Students who think the Heights is a squalid ghetto move into Amherst apartments. Amherst places are safer, cleaner, and more convenient to campus; but they are far more expensive on average and pretty removed from the "college experience." Many urban types-art majors, theater majors, and English majors-move to one of Buffalo's upscale West Side neighborhoods. Rents are a bit steeper here, but the neighborhoods are safe (and more importantly for these students, they're trendy).

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late February and March of spring semester, though units are available through the summer.
Popular Areas
  • Allentown (Buffalo)
  • Amherst
  • North Buffalo
  • Parkside (Buffalo)
  • Tonawanda
  • University Heights (Buffalo)
  • West Side (Buffalo)
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $750
  • 4 BR: $1,000
  • Studio: $350

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 94 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 94 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 31% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 94 responses

  • 30% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Extremely helpful.
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