Benefits of Buffalo

With an affordable cost of living, high employment rates and friendly, diverse communities, the Buffalo-Niagara region is consistently one of the top-rated major metropolitan areas in America. See for yourself why so many students love our welcoming nature, spirited loyalty and endless opportunities.

Affordable Living

It’s easy to stretch your dollar in Buffalo, where the cost of living is well below the national average.

University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY
$185 $1,086
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA $222 $1,400
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA $148 $1,527
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO
$134 $1,826
UC Berkley
Irvine, CA $147 $2,296

Average monthly rent price data collected from reflecting 2022 data and is based on a one bedroom apartment inside city limits.

Pay Less

University at Buffalo, SUNY
Out of State
Private Institutions   $38,070

Tuition data collected from and and reflect 2022 tuition and fee rates.

Work Smarter

  • Graduate School of Education funded doctoral students receive a minimum of $23,000 in assistantship funding.

  • All Graduate School of Education funded doctoral graduate assistants have all fees covered and 9 credit hours funded each semester.

Earning Potential

Buffalo’s history of innovation and entrepreneurship is still alive. UB is playing a key role in creating a new knowledge-based economy for our region. This translates to jobs and earning potential.

Earn More

Advanced degree (Master's/Doctoral)
Bachelor's degree
Some college or Associates degree
High school diploma only $866
Less than a high school diploma

Earnings rates by educational attainment, 2022 collected from

Employment rates by educational attainment, 2020 collected from

Our Community

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."

College Graduates Stay in Buffalo

The NYTimes published an article showing that cities such as Buffalo are retaining college graduates. Since the year 2000, the number of college graduates aged 25 to 34 living within a radius of 3 miles from the city center has risen 34%. This increase is at a higher percentage than the top 51 metro areas average, which is 25% (see here).

College graduates are happy living in a Buffalo.

City of Good Neighbors

In Buffalo, we take care of each other. You'll be supported by friendly people willing to help. When you experience this welcoming community, you will want to call Buffalo your home.

On the Rise

Buffalo is a mid-size city with endless potential and people are choosing to live here. Old industrial buildings are being transformed and repurposed. Restaurants are bringing innovative chefs to town elevating the culinary landscape. The waterfront is now home to Canalside, a 21-acre park with events and festivals for every season. There is something for everyone here.

City Hall and Downtown Buffalo lit up at night.

Beautiful Buffalo Niagara

The Buffalo Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities. We’re known for our welcoming nature, our spirited loyalty and our penchant for fully embracing each of our four brilliant seasons. Get past the snowy stereotype and you’ll be captivated. You might never leave.