jukeboxhero wrote:Not sure on what the percentages are, but UB typically has a high commuter rate. I live off campus, and if I attend, I won't live on campus...mostly because of cost and the fact that I don't want a roomate I don't know.
If you do live off campus, you will have to drive to class. Parking is a pain at the school, but nothing too bad...you can just park in a satellite lot and get the shuttle right to the academic complex so you don't have to wander to find a close parking spot.
I don't know that you would be at a "disadvantage" socially if you live off campus. You might not make as many friends in the short term, but I can assure you that you will meet plenty of people and make plenty of friends even if you live off campus.
The weather from August to October is great. The weather from November to mid-March blows. Then it gets better again from late April to August.
Which neighborhoods in close proximity to North Campus are best to live in? I'd like to live as close as possible to the law school without having the pay the high prices on campus. Are housing prices on North as relatively high as I've heard (i.e. nothing reasonable for under 550-600/mo)? Dare I even ask if any neighborhoods around North are walkable? I don't usually associate this word with any neighborhood in Buffalo besides Elmwood but I figured I'd ask anyway. At the least, a Wegmans close nearby would be a necessity. TYIA
If you definitely plan to live off campus, then there are a few neighborhoods you should consider. Please be advised, though, that there really aren't any neighborhoods within "walking distance". The ad wizards who designed North Campus literally put it in the middle of a big field, and the surrounding area really isn't "walkable" in the sense that it is a short stroll to the campus. However, the area is actually pretty safe, so walking around off campus isn't bad at all.
The surrounding communities to look for apartments would include Amherst, Getzville, and North Williamsville. There is a lot of college housing in the area, but be sure to stray from housing near South Campus, unless long commutes and late-night stabbings are your thing. (I'm kidding. Partially.) If you don't mind a long (15 min) commute, check out Elmwood and Allentown.
And since it is Buffalo, there is a Wegman's on just about every corner. Seriously.
Hope this helps, and PM me if you have any other Q's.