Canisius Guide to Living In Buffalo

Living in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY has countless things to do and experience during all four seasons. From Canalside to Elmwood Village to Delaware Park, there’s something for everyone. And the best part? They’re all quick and easy to get to from Canisius’ campus! 

Buffalo: The City of Good Neighbors

The Buffalo-Niagara region -- home to 1.5 million residents -- is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, yet is commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.

Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability are why Forbes magazine in 2010 rated Buffalo one of the top 10 U.S. cities to raise a family, ranking 4th best in cost-of-living, 12th in quality of public education and “best U.S. city” for commuting. Buffalo is billed as the “20-Minute City” for its lack of traffic delays and blissfully brief commutes. That translates to an enhanced quality of life for Canisius faculty, staff and students, who enjoy stress-free travel regardless of where they’re headed around the region.

Buffalo is also among the five most affordable housing markets in the United States with an overall cost of living that is 14 percent below the national average, two factors that have contributed to the region’s increasing recognition for its quality of life. In addition, Buffalo is home to leaders in the healthcare, technology, non-profit and corporate professions, which provide many hands-on training and employment opportunities for Canisius students and graduates. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, located within a mile of the Canisius campus, is a center of innovation and economic development with its world-class healthcare organizations, clinical research institutes, and burgeoning biomedical and tech companies.

The Buffalo area is rich in natural resources and beauty, and offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. We enjoy four beautiful seasons. Crisp, comfortable autumns produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage. Temperate summers are a mecca for those who like to sail, fish, swim, run or bike. And Buffalo winters offer an array of outdoor recreational opportunities and festivals to celebrate the season.

For sports spectators and fans, the region is rich with teams to follow and cheer. In addition to the Canisius Golden Griffins, Buffalo fans have the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits and the Women Professional Soccer League’s Western New York Flash, featuring two standout players from the recent women’s World Cup.


As a home to 22 public and private colleges and universities, Buffalo is quickly earning a reputation as a great place to go to college.  With a high concentration of students, a vibrant culture and entertainment scene, and world-class professional opportunities across every industry, Buffalo has become an attractive college destination. These are just a few of the reasons why the American Institute for Economic Research placed Buffalo 12th on its 2016 list of America’s Best Mid-Sized cities for college.

Centrally-located, Canisius is ideally positioned to take advantage of the region’s rich and diverse cultural, geographic and economic assets – providing a unique benefit to current students and graduates alike.  The region is an attractive place to go to school, and to build a career and life.  Just ask one of our 48,000 distinguished alums -- more than half of whom who have chosen to establish themselves in Western New York after completing their education at Canisius.

The Buffalo Metro System

Because of our urban location, Canisius students receive CRAM Passes, a card that provides free rides our city's public transportation. Our Buffalo subway system stretches across 6.4 miles of Main Street. Here's your guide to where it can take you.

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Buffalo In The Spotlight

See what major media outlets and opinion leaders have said about Buffalo's resurgence. 

The Times of London 

"Buffalo, New York: America’s Coolest Summer City"

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New York Times 

36 Hours in Buffalo showcases our city's diversity, scenery and cultural growth. 

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The Guardian 

"The second-biggest city in New York state is enjoying a new lease on life, as galleries, restaurants and music venues make the most of its architectural heritage"

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New York Times 

"We haven’t experienced anything like this kind of interest and investment in’s amazing to see this transition in downtown."

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Katie Couric 

"I loved seeing a new side of this city, but most of all I loved the people in Buffalo, who were as warm as the temperature was cold the day I visited."

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10 Buffalo Style-Adventures

Explore the popular trips and some hidden gems in our city.