The City of Buffalo is the second largest city in the State of New York. Buffalo's closest metropolitan neighbors include Niagara Falls, New York (half-hour drive)—one of the world's most visited natural wonders—and Toronto, Canada (two-hour drive).
Centrally located, Buffalo is within a one-day driving radius of such other major cities as Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and, of course, New York City.
Buffalo State is located in the heart of the city's cultural corridor.
More than 3,000 students live on campus in 11 corridor, suite, and apartment-style campus residence halls. Most residence halls are within a five-minute walk from classrooms. Students may opt to live on campus, or live off campus in Buffalo's attractive Elmwood neighborhood.
Professional and world-class installations and performances are a regular feature of Buffalo State's campus programming, especially at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
In addition there are several unique installation spaces on campus, ornate sculptures, and breathtaking architecture at every turn.
Between 2009 and 2016, Buffalo State invested $350 million in new construction and renovations of existing facilities on campus. From technologically advanced new academic buildings to reimagined social spaces, Buffalo State offers world-class facilities at a fraction of the cost charged by private institutions.
The best way to learn about life at SUNY Buffalo State is to experience it in person! We have many visit options for you to choose from.
Accessible by car or bus, the campus is approximately 20 minutes from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Buffalo is the second largest city in the state of New York.
As SUNY’s only urban four-year college, Buffalo State has a mission that grows directly from our location. We serve the city because we are of the city.
Our 125-acre campus is very accessible, walkable, and is located in Buffalo's vibrant museum district.
More than 3,000 students live on campus in 11 corridor, suite, and apartment-style campus residence halls. Most residence halls are within a five-minute walk from classrooms. Students may opt to live on campus or live off campus in Buffalo's attractive Elmwood neighborhood.
Many faculty see the city as an extension of the classroom. In the sciences, students take certain courses in biology, chemistry, earth science, oceanography, environmental science, geography, or history, complete work at Buffalo State's Great Lakes Center.
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14222
From the East (via the NYS Thruway/Interstate 90)
Take Exit 51 (NY 33 West) to NY 198 West. Exit NY 198 at Elmwood Avenue South. The college is immediately on the right.
From the West (via the NYS Thruway/Interstate 90)
Take Exit 53 (Interstate 190) to NY 198 East; exit at Elmwood Avenue.
From the North/Niagara Falls
Take Interstate 190 South (over the Grand Island Bridge) to NY 198 East; exit at Elmwood Avenue.
From the Peace Bridge
Take Interstate 190 North to NY 198 East; exit at Elmwood Avenue.
From the Greater Buffalo International Airport
Exit the airport onto Rt. 33 West for approximately 5.5 miles. Continue to Rt. 198 West (Scajaquada Expressway). Stay on expressway approximately 2.2 miles. Exit at Elmwood Avenue South. Continue on Elmwood Avenue. approximately .2 miles. Enter Buffalo State to the right on Rockwell Road.
To Buffalo, NY
1 (800) 231-2222 (fares/schedules)
1 (800) 858-8555
In Buffalo, NY
NFTA Metro Bus
Citywide and suburban service; reduced schedules on weekends. Buffalo State is a stop along the 20-Elmwood, 3-Grant, and 32-Amherst routes.
NFTA Metro Rail
One route along Main Street from the University at Buffalo South Campus through downtown Buffalo. Free parking at two stations:
South Campus (3435 Main Street, about 4 miles) and LaSalle (Main Street and Hertel Avenue, about 3 miles).
Boarding fare: $2. Exact fare (coins or bills) or pass.
Exchange and Washington Streets
55 Dick Road, Depew
Buffalo/Niagara International Airport
4200 Genesee Street at Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga
(716) 630-6000 (general),
Ground transportation to/from airport readily available via taxi, Airport-Downtown Express, and NFTA Metro Bus.