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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.

Read below for additional tips and resources to make the most of living off campus.

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:

  • Metro (Bus & Rail): Many students live near Metro Rail (subway) stations and take it to South Campus University Station, then take the inter-campus bus to North Campus. (716) 855-7211

UB Campus Transportation

  • UB Stampede (Inter-campus bus) and campus shuttles run on both campuses. UB also offers a Mall/Market shuttle weekly to get students to/from area shopping.
  • Many students who live in University Heights walk or bicycle to South Campus - and take the UB Stampede (campus bus) to North Campus. The South Campus is also the most northern stop on the Subway and many NFTA Bus routes.
  • ARTF Safety Shuttle - The van runs on UB South Campus only, and picks up passengers at three different locations: Goodyear Hall, Main Loop, and Health Sciences Library. The van operates in 20-minute intervals and will drive men and women to any destination within a 1.5 mile radius of South Campus with special exceptions for Campus Manor, Kensington Village and Collegiate Village. Off Campus pick-ups may be arranged by contacting SBI Health Education before 2:00 pm weekdays at 829-2584.

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

  • Your relationship is about business, not friendship. Check into your landlord's reputation before you sign a lease.
  • Inspect the property before signing a lease.
  • Get everything in writing, including assurance of when a problem will be fixed and keep copies of all correspondence.
  • Who should make repairs if something breaks?
  • In general, tenants are responsible for giving the landlord notice of any needed repairs or maintenance. This is especially important when the problem will cause additional damage unless it is promptly fixed. A tenant should also contact his or her landlord upon the notice of insects or rodents in his or her apartment.

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.

  • Landlords and staff can't enter your apartment at will. In general, remember that while you're paying rent, the apartment is your private home first and the landlord's property second.
  • It is illegal for a landlord to rent a bedroom in a basement or an attic that is not equipped with a fire escape. If you are sleeping in one of these places, ask your landlord to have a fire escape installed. Ladders, including the type dropped from a window, are not acceptable fire escapes from a third floor attic.
  • For more information on tenants' rights go to External Site Link Icon .

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:

  • Personal property against theft, fire and wind damage
  • Personal liability for accidents of others on your premises
  • Damage to property of others in your care
  • Living expenses if you're forced to vacate the premises during disasters or repairs
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:

  • Renter's Checklist: PDF (159KB)

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.

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

NameMonthly MeetingTimeLocation
BABA - Bailey Avenue Business Association, Inc. External Site Link Icon
3163 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215-1623
Tel: 716.833.0489
President: Abrahim Cisse'
2nd Thursday

Next Meeting:
August 13
9 am Kensington Bailey NHS
995 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
UDBCC - University District Block Club Coalition, Inc.
PO Box 1658
Buffalo, NY 14215
President: Annie Cheatham
3rd Tuesday

Next Meeting:
August 18
6 pm Kensington Bailey NHS
995 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
UHC - University Heights Collaborative, Inc.
President: Mickie Vertino
2nd Tuesday

Next Meeting:
August 11
7 pm Gloria J. Parks Community Center
3242 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
E District Police
2767 Bailey Ave
Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: CPO Threats or Floyd/Chief Menza
(716) 851-4416
4th Wednesday, (varies)

Next Meeting:
August 26
6 pm Edward Saunders Community Center
2777 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Community Council
Prennessia Salder-Lambert
(716) 848-3430 W
(716) 449-6292 M
3rd Wednesday

Next Meeting:
September 23
5:30 - 7 pm Westminster Charter
24 Westminster Ave
Buffalo, NY 14215

Rasheed N.C. Wyatt
University District Councilmember
City Hall, Room 1508
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 851-5165

Remember to contact the University District Council Office for future Community Stakeholders Meetings.

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