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Allentown

Location

Allentown is the first neighborhood north of the Downtown Buffalo core. It borders the downtown theater and entertainment district to its south, and runs north to North Street at its northern edge. Running from Orton Place on the west, to Main Street on the east, the neighborhood is generally centered around Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue.

Rents

A one-bedroom apartment ranges from $300-$600 per month.

Transportation

Allentown was built before the automobile, and thankfully is more convenient for pedestrians than cars. Almost everything is within walking distance. The downtown center is just a 20-minute walk south, or a 5-minute subway ride down Main Street. Allentown is in very close proximity to NFTA bus and subway lines.

Things to Do

Allentown is one of Buffalo’s busiest and most cozy urban neighborhoods. It is one of Buffalo’s premier areas for nightlife, dining, and antique shopping. During the summer, there is an annual tour of gardens, tour of the beautiful old homes, and a giant art festival. The are also plenty of restaurants and bars, diners and eateries, as well as some coffee shops, beer and wine cafes, and small art galleries. Not to mention Kleinhans Music Hall, which is the premier music venue in Buffalo and home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Amherst

Location

Amherst is a town in Erie County and is located northeast of the City of Buffalo. It is the largest and most populated suburb of Buffalo. Amherst is bordered on the north by Tonawanda Creek and Niagara County. University at Buffalo’s North Campus is located in Amherst.

Rents

The average rent for one bedroom apartments in Amherst is $700. However, there are many apartment building complexes specifically for college students that have individual rents starting from $400. Check the apartment buildings page for more info on apartment buildings.

Safety Information

Based on statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Amherst is the second safest city in the United States. The designation is based on crime statistics for the year 2005 in six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft. Recently, it dropped to 4th place in the safest cities of USA in the 2007 study.

Transportation

A free shuttle bus between North Campus and South Campus is offered by the University at Buffalo for UB students. Once on south campus, Buffalo’s NFTA transportation system is within seconds of the shuttle bus stop. Public bus transportation in Amherst is limited and having a car would be highly recommended.

Things to Do

Amherst is filled with many dining, shopping, and entertainment locations. The town’s major mall, Boulevard mall, is filled with many useful stores and is a popular location for students. Strip malls are very prevalent as well as steakhouse type restaurants. Movie theaters are scattered throughout the town and are another popular activity for students. Unfortunately, many places of interest are relatively far apart and would require a car for transportation.

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Buff State

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Downtown

Location

Downtown Buffalo centers on Main Street from Goodell Street to the Buffalo River. Within this two mile area are three separate centers: the Theater District in the north, the civic and commercial center around Niagara and Lafayette Squares, and the Waterfront area at the south end.

Rents

Rent for apartments in the downtown area greatly vary and range from $400-$2,000. The rent depends on the location of the apartment, and the amenities and luxuries included. Go to http://www.buffaloplace.com/live/apartmentcondo.html for a list of available apartments in the Downtown area.

Transportation

The Metro Rail is a single line rail that extends from downtown Buffalo to the University Heights district in north Buffalo. The downtown section of the line is operated above ground and is free of charge to passengers. Outside the downtown area the line transitions to an underground system until it reaches the end of the line at University Heights. Passengers pay a fee to ride this section of the rail. The NFTA operates a public transit system of busses throughout the Downtown and greater Buffalo region.

Things to Do

Downtown Buffalo is the center of entertainment. It contains a successful Theatre District that possesses everything from Broadway Theater to local productions. Chippewa street is Buffalo’s entertainment strip that contains a variety of bars, restaurants, and dance clubs. Buffalo is also home to the NHL Buffalo Sabres and the AAA baseball team, the Buffalo Bisons. Whether catching a hockey match in the HSBC arena or sharing a drink at Sky Bar, Downtown Buffalo is always thriving with excitement.

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Elmwood Village

Location

This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Elmwood Avenue from Forest Avenue south to North Street. The Elmwood "strip" commercial district includes a variety of cafes, ethnic restaurants, nightclubs and specialty shops catering to neighborhood residents and the students of nearby Buffalo State College.

Rents

Rent in this neighborhood averages $500 per person. Many students that attend Buffalo State College live in this neighborhood. The blocks running off of Elmwood Avenue are lined with fine examples of residential Victorian architecture and are more expensive properties. Leaded glass windows and wooden "tracery" embellish these older single and multiple family houses.

Things to Do

According to the American Planning Association the Elmwood Village neighborhood in Buffalo is ranked the third best neighborhood in America. Elmwood Village is a mixed use neighborhood with hundreds of small, home grown stores and restaurants. If looking for something out of the ordinary, the Elmwood Village Association hosts events regularly throughout the year that range from festivals to candy giveaways.

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North Buffalo/Hertel

Location

North Buffalo stretches north from Amherst Street to Kenmore Avenue and East from Elmwood Avenue to Main Street. It is bounded to the north by Kenmore, to the south by North Park, Parkside, and Central Park. To the west is Black Rock and to the east is University Heights.

Rents

Because of its pedestrian-oriented environment; proximity to downtown Buffalo, the University at Buffalo, and suburban office parks; and high-quality 1920s-era housing stock, North Buffalo is experiencing an influx of young professional homebuyers. For this reason, rent in North Buffalo is more expensive than the typical college student neighborhoods.

Transportation

The area is serviced by the NFTA buses on Delaware Ave. (No. 25), Colvin (No. 11) and Elmwood (No. 20).

Things to Do

The neighborhood is a stable residential community typified by older duplex homes. Hertel Avenue has always supported a healthy commercial district and today is lined with antique shops, restaurants and Buffalo's most noted movie theater for independent films, the North Park Theatre.

Parkside

Location

This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Jewett Avenue from Parkside to Main Street.

Rents

Rent in Parkside is typically more expensive than the average student neighborhood. Due to its proximity with Delaware Park and the fact that it is mainly a family oriented area, you can expect to pay $500-$1000 per person.

Transportation

Whether walking, driving, or biking, the Parkside district is conveniently located. The Scajaquada Expressway (Route 198, or "the 198") links the neighborhood to the major highways of Buffalo and the bridges to Canada. Under Main Street, at the eastern boundary of the neighborhood, the Metro Rail subway system connects the neighborhood with both downtown Buffalo to the west, and with the University at Buffalo's South Campus to the east. Parkside is also served by several bus lines. For more information about Metro Rail and bus schedules, visit the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Things to Do

Parkside is located in the heart of Buffalo's cultural corridor, and contains such attractions as Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoo, and the Darwin D. Martin House within its boundaries. In addition, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and Forest Lawn Cemetery are just outside Parkside.

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Tonawanda

Location

The City of Tonawanda is located in Western New York alongside the Niagara River and Erie Canal, and boarders the Town of Tonawanda to the south, east, and west, with borders to North Tonawanda north of the Erie Canal.

Rents

Rent is typically $500-$800 in this area.

Transportation

Public transportation is very limited in Tonawanda. It is necessary to have a car if living in this neighborhood.

Things to Do

Tonawanda hosts a variety of fun events to keep you entertained. The biggest event is the annual Canal Festival, which celebrates Tonawanda’s historic location on the end of the Erie Canal. Gateway Harbor is a popular place to go during the summer with many free concerts and public parks. If looking for something more extreme, there is a local skate park, hockey rink, soccer field, and tennis court in the middle of Tonawanda.

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University Heights

Location

The northern half of zip code 14214 and 14215, off Main Street, North of Hertel Avenue

Rents

Rents average between $500 and $800 per apartment. Many landlords in the University Heights will rent space by the bedroom rather than the entire apartment. In these cases rents is usually between $225 and $400 per person. Utilities, such as heat, natural gas and electricity are not included in most rent. Be sure to ask the landlord about this when deciding what is affordable.

Safety Tips

Walk with a friend after dark, and make use of the ARTF Safety Shuttle whenever possible. Also, try to maintain a well-lit property (inside and out) and lock doors and windows when not at home or while sleeping (including upper floors).

Transportation

It is an easy walk from one end of the University Heights to the other. Additionally the Main Street bus runs regularly until 6:00 p.m. and hourly after that. A shuttle bus runs between UB's north and south campuses. There is no cost for UB students to ride this. In the evenings from 8:00 pm until midnight, during the academic year the Anti-Rape Task force runs a shuttle van which will drive students to any address within 1.5 miles of the South Campus.

Things to Do

The University Heights is a vibrant neighborhood with many shops, restaurants and bars. Additionally, there is a shopping plaza which is home to a movie theater and a large grocery store as well as more shops and restaurants.

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