Buffalo-Niagara Region

UB is located in the Buffalo-Niagara region, a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities. In an international-border city, located on Lake Erie, UB is just minutes from Niagara Falls and is also close to several other major metropolitan cities, including New York City, Washington D.C., Boston and Toronto.

UB is located in the Buffalo-Niagara region, a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities. In an international-border city, located on Lake Erie, UB is just minutes from Niagara Falls and is also close to several other major metropolitan cities, including New York City, Washington D.C., Boston and Toronto.

A Great Place to Live

Buffalo's rich history is fueling its promising future. The city has seen a resurgence of historic sites, from the development of Canalside in the former Erie Canal district, to the new life breathed into the elegant Statler City and the Hotel @ The Lafayette. We are known for our welcoming nature and our spirited loyalty. Get past the snowy stereotype and you’ll be captivated.

Affordable Living

Looking for safe, convenient, affordable neighborhoods? Western New York boasts a wealth of them. A wide range of housing options are available in urban, suburban and small-town settings. From downtown lofts to turn-of-the-century Victorians to waterfront condominiums, our housing market is as diverse as it is affordable.

Did you know?

Forbes has ranked Buffalo as the most affordable city in America, while Sperling's Best Places counts Buffalo among the top five cities to relocate to in America. The median price for a single family home is one-third lower than the national median.

An International Border City

Many Western New Yorkers take advantage of our three international bridge crossings to visit the beaches of neighboring Fort Erie, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and cosmopolitan Toronto.

The grandeur of Niagara Falls can be enjoyed on both sides of the border. Several attractions, including the Maid of the Mist boat ride, allow visitors to get up close and personal to the falls—not to mention a little damp—while taking in its roaring glory.

Toronto is less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo. The cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada, Toronto is also the country’s largest city, with more than 2.7 million residents.


In Western New York, your family can explore nature, absorb culture and have fun at every turn. Our family-friendly destinations and attractions include:

Our strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability are why Forbes magazine ranks Buffalo one of the top 10 U.S. cities to raise a family. The magazine also ranks Buffalo as the "No. 1 Best City for Working Mothers."

Getting Around the City

Buffalo’s Metro Bus provides quick, economical service throughout the city and suburbs.

The Metro Rail line connects UB’s South Campus with downtown Buffalo and the neighborhoods in between. All rides are free in downtown Buffalo. (UB employees who are regular commuters might wish to take advantage of the NYS-Ride program that allows pre-tax dollars to be used for monthly passes.)

You can also take advantage of these other transportation options:

Forbes magazine has declared Buffalo the “best U.S. city” for commuting. Buffalo’s average commute time is only 20 minutes and is the second-shortest of the country’s 52 largest cities.

Solid Schools

Western New York is home to excellent school districts, many of which have received statewide and national recognition. There are numerous private school options, including parochial schools.

Options for residents of Buffalo include the Buffalo Public Schools, as well as a growing number of charter schools. The Buffalo district’s City Honors High School has repeatedly made Newsweek’s list of the top 10 high schools in the U.S.

Weather: A Four-Season Region

If you’ve seen Buffalo on the Weather Channel, you might think we’re beset by blizzards much of the year. The truth is, Buffalo is not the snowiest city in the country. It’s not even the snowiest city in the state. Rather, Buffalo-Niagara is a four-season region that features:

  • The sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the Northeast.
  • More days with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit than with snow on the ground.
  • Crisp, comfortable autumns that produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage.
  • An average winter temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit, just a few degrees shy of the national average.

Although this region’s snowfall is impressive, the most severe weather typically occurs in areas south of the city, home to several ski resorts. When storms hit, we dig out with amazing efficiency. Winter weather that brings less-prepared cities to a halt doesn’t disrupt business as usual in Buffalo.

Things to Do

In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something fun to do, whether it's taking a leisurely walk in one of our glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a thought-provoking work of art at dozens of art galleries.

Amazing Architecture

Our architecture represents the works of H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Among our must-see landmarks are:

Fun Fact

The New York Times calls Buffalo “a textbook for a course in modern American buildings” and “home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.”

Delicious Cuisine

Buffalo-Niagara is home to more than 400 independently owned restaurants offering a range of food for every palate and pocketbook.

More than 60 local restaurants and wineries serve their fare at Taste of Buffalo, the largest two-day food festival in the U.S. During Labor Day weekend, we pay tribute to our deep-fried claim to fame at the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Energetic Nightlife

Much of Buffalo’s nightlife is centered in several distinct districts. The Chippewa Strip in the heart of the city is a hub of bars, dance clubs, restaurants and coffee shops.

Allentown and the Elmwood Village are artsy neighborhoods brimming with hip meeting places and eclectic restaurants. In North Buffalo, Hertel Avenue features plenty of pubs, as well as an art house movie theater that draws a faithful crowd.

The cluster of clubs and eateries in University Heights, adjacent to UB’s South Campus, is another popular destination.

Engaging Outdoor Recreation

Spring, summer and fall offer mild weather, perfect for outdoor activities like:

  • Boating and fishing. Located on Lake Erie at the beginning of the Niagara River, Buffalo is a mecca for anglers and boaters.
  • Canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
  • Golfing. Tee up at top-rated courses in the U.S. and just across the border.
  • Walking, running, hiking and biking. Get fit and enjoy the scenery in historic city parks, on multipurpose suburban paths and at the dazzling Niagara Gorge. Many state and provincial parks are within a short drive.
  • Camping. Pitch your tent at any number of private, public or state-run campsites.

In the winter months, get out and enjoy:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding. Discover some of the Northeast’s best slopes, including Kissing Bridge and Holiday ValleyUB’s Schussmeisters club offers discounted skiing at area resorts.
  • Cross-country skiing. A vast park system offers miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing.
  • Tubing. Experience fast-paced fun at several dedicated tubing runs.
  • Sledding and tobogganing. Great sledding is everywhere, including Chestnut Ridge, one of the only U.S. parks with toboggan chutes.
  • Snowmobiling. You'll find a number of well-maintained trails around the region.

Fascinating History and Museums

In Buffalo you can stand where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office, gaze at the terminus of the Erie Canal, wander through a fort that played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War, among others:

Impressive Sports Teams

Buffalo is home to two major professional sports teams—the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres—and some of the world’s most spirited fans. But our sports scene is not limited to football and hockey.

Enjoy baseball? Cheer on the Buffalo Bisons, a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. If lacrosse is your sport, root on the Buffalo Bandits, our championship National Lacrosse League team.

The Football Club of Buffalo plays a spring and early summer schedule at Robert E. Rich Sr. All High Stadium.

Buffalo has also hosted several major tournaments, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament regionals, the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and the NCAA Frozen Four.

In the college sports, twenty UB Bulls sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Many other area schools also have active collegiate sports programs, including Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University.

Music Mecca

If you’re a classical music buff, you don’t want to miss a chance to hear the internationally renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in concert. In addition, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society plays in the perfect acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall and UB’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall features a full slate of performances throughout the year.

If you prefer pop, rock or country, First Niagara Center and the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center attract the hottest national acts. UB’s own Center for the Arts hosts an impressive slate of concerts, in addition to speakers, theater and dance.

The Buffalo area is home to a number of hugely popular summer concert series. One of the largest, Canalside, is situated in downtown Buffalo along the waterfront and features some of the top acts from the U.S. and Canada.

Numerous smaller clubs feature emerging local performers, touring bands and first-rate jazz acts, while local bars feature local microbrews, exotic cocktails and a wide variety of foods to nibble on

Vibrant Visual Arts

Our riches include the Albright-Knox Art GalleryBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Shea's Performing Arts Center. In Buffalo, you can also find: