Welcome to the
Off Campus Living Website
While the focus of this site is primarily off campus housing and safety for students in the Buffalo and Western New York Region, much of the resources and information can be useful for students everywhere.
We will continue to grow this site, adding housing guidance, safe living advice, informative videos, and useful links.
Off Campus Living. Living Smart. Living Safe.
311 Help Line
Is your landlord unresponsive to your requests for repairs to your of campus rented housing?
Do electric fuses or circuit breakers continually blow or shut off when you use appliances?
Are your sinks or bathtub drains clogged?
Is there sewage backing up into the basement, particularly when it rains?
Are your windows broken, leaking or simply do not open?
Is the porch/stairs on your rented home rotten and unsafe?
The 311 Call and Resolution system operated by the City of Buffalo provides students living in off campus rented housing with an alternative when landlords are unresponsive to their needs or concerns. read more...
Tenant - Landlord Property Survey
This document is intended for use by both landlord and tenant, as a means of documenting condition(s) of the rental property immediately prior to a tenant accepting responsibility for the property.
A duplicate copy of this form and all attachments should be provided to all persons affixing their signature to this document. Use this link to download the Renters Checklist (pdf).
Check out these resources before signing that lease!
Things To Look For
This slide show will give you some basic things to look for when checking out rental housing.
Off Campus Housing Checklist Booklet
Room-by-room checklist as you walk through a rental property.
How to Request Records through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
You can use the following link to access a MS Word Sample Request Letter you can download and modify:
Sample FOIL Request Letter
Student Safety Brochure
Using a recent house fire as an example, this brochure provides information on fire safety considerations important to renters. Fortunately in this situation none of the eight students living in this rental property were injured, although most of their belongings were lost.
Find out more (pdf)...