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Affordable Living

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

Medical students studying in the living room of an apartment

An Affordable Lifestyle

In Western New York you can enjoy the perks of city living without the hefty price tag. Our cost of living is 14 percent below the national average, thanks to extremely affordable housing and a healthy ratio of income to living costs.

A Buyer’s (and Renter’s) Market

Looking for safe, convenient, affordable neighborhoods?

Western New York boasts a wealth of them.

This region is among the five most affordable housing markets in the United States. The median price for a single family home is one-third lower than the national median.

Our housing market is as diverse as it is affordable. Your options include:

  • Downtown lofts
  • Convenient-to-campus apartment complexes and rental houses
  • Turn-of-the-century Victorians
  • Suburban family homes in friendly neighborhoods
  • Patio homes
  • Waterfront condominiums

Relocation Destination

Forbes' America's Most Affordable Cities cites Buffalo as its number 1 most affordable city. Some of their reasons include:

  • median family income of $63,500
  • median home sales price of $100,000
  • home ownership is attainable for 88.5% of the local population
  • daily expenses that are about 4% below the national median

Sperling’s Best Places counts Buffalo among the top five cities to relocate to in America. Among the reasons cited:

Learn More

For a searchable database of rental units, visit UB’s office of off-campus housing.

For on-campus housing information, visit UB’s Campus Living.