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Living Off Campus

Being a Good Neighbor

The neighborhoods surrounding UB's north and south campuses are quite diverse. On any given street, a home next door to students could be occupied by a young family with small children, or by older folks who have retired. These neighbors enjoy the warmth and vitality of living among college students. It is important for students to be respectful of these neighbors. Here are some tips for fostering positive relationships with your neighbors.

Commuter Dining Options

Commuter Dining Dollars - they're your ticket to all the choices campus residents enjoy, with the flexibility your commuting schedule demands. With Dining Dollars, you can grab a quick breakfast, a tasty lunch with friends and pick-up a full dinner before heading home. They're also great for just a quick snack or beverage along the way. Commuter Dining Dollars are tax free, saving you almost 9% on all your food and beverage purchases. You can start off with as little as $50 and add-on in increments of $25. To add Dining Dollars to your account, visit: External Site Link Icon .


The distance between the two campuses is about 3 miles and UB buses and shuttles connect both campuses continuously throughout the day and night.

Public Transportation:

UB Campus Transportation

Parking Regulations

Buffalo: Most residential streets in the City of Buffalo have alternate parking. This allows residents to park on one side of the street three days a week and on the other side four days a week. This provides the City with access for snow removal and street cleaning. It is illegal to park on bus routes or emergency routes from 2:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. from November 1 until April 15.

Amherst: Standing or parking is prohibited on all streets and highways within the Town of Amherst between the hours of 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM, from November 1 until April 1.

Establish a relationship with your landlord

Landlords are usually responsible for: 1) Keeping common areas, such as hallways and laundry facilities, clean and safe; 2) Maintaining electrical and plumbing systems within the unit; 3) Repairing any peeling lead-based paint; 4) Maintaining the unit and all supplied equipment, such as refrigerators, stoves, etc.

The most common problem for tenants is working with the landlord to make necessary repairs on the premises. If several people live together, identify a spokesperson for the group. When there are problems, have the spokesperson immediately contact the landlord and follow-up in writing. Do not be afraid to keep calling if the problem is not resolved. Off-Campus Student Services will help you if you have made requests that your landlord has ignored. Call 829-3541 or contact City of Buffalo Code Enforcement by dialing 716-851-4890.

Acquire Renter's Insurance

What Is Renter's Insurance?
Renter's insurance is for anyone who rents a home, house or apartment. Even though you may not own the place where you live, you still need insurance protection.

Why Do You Need It?
If you rent an apartment or own a condominium, you need insurance to protect your belongings and yourself from legal problems. While your landlord or condo association might have insurance, it only protects the building. Your belongings are not covered under those policies.

What Should Renter's Insurance Cover?
Your policy should cover:

Note: Renter's insurance usually will NOT cover you for "acts of God" (e.g. floods, natural disasters).

What Steps Should I Take to Get a Policy?

  1. Locate insurance companies that offer renter's insurance by searching on the Internet or consulting the yellow pages of your phone directory. If you have a car, check with the company that insures your car to see if they also offer renter's insurance.
  2. Contact insurance agents and ask about standard renter's insurance policies. Obtain estimates for those policies.
  3. Compare quotes and coverage levels from different insurance companies and purchase the policy that best suits your needs and budget.
Note: Premium rates can vary considerably, depending on the age and location of your rental unit, the crime rate in your area and other factors.

Security Deposits

A security deposit is money that protects landlords against damage beyond normal wear and tear, provides a remedy for unpaid rent, and funds clean up of the rental, if necessary. When moving in, the best way to protect the security deposit is to take pictures of EVERYTHING—including the inside of appliances, ceilings, walls, floors, hallways, etc. If a video recorder is available, it is also a good idea to videotape the condition of the apartment when moving in. Another suggestion is to complete a detailed list of all damages present in the unit when moving in. An apartment condition checklist is available below:

It is important to be very detailed—things such as nail holes in the walls, burns in the carpet, and cracks in the windows could all lead to a deduction from the security deposit if it can't be proven that they were there when you originally moved in. You can either send this checklist to the landlord after you move in (send it return receipt to prove it was received), or complete the checklist with the landlord present. Either way, be sure you keep a dated copy. After you move out, designate a member of the house to keep this information. Often a tenant won't be aware that the security deposit has been withheld until after everyone has left town.

Roommates Aren't Perfect

Before you sign a lease together, compare expectations. How will you split chores and bills? How much privacy do you want? A little communication up front will help you get along later. Remember that when you sign a lease together, you could be responsible for the whole bill if roommates fail to pay their share. Information regarding roommate contracts can be found at

Block Club Leaders

The following streets have organized block clubs. If you would like to join your block club, contact the leader listed below. If your street does not yet have a block club, but you are interested in one, contact David Benders, president of the University Heights Collaborative.

University Heights Collaborative Board
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Custer Street Block Club
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Upper Montrose Block Club
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Merrimac Block Club
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Nicholson Ave. Block Club
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West Winspear Block Club
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Northrup Pl. Block Club
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Lisbon/Highgate/ E. Winspear (affiliated with Northrup Pl.)
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