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Old 05-16-2009, 01:45 AM
 
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Post Attending UB next fall and need ALOT of info

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I am an international student from the Caribbean and I will be moving to Buffalo soon to attend UB. I have absolutely no idea of what I am getting myself into and it doesn't seem to me that my researches have brought much information to me. Currently I live in Miami Florida "the Sunshine state" and have lived in the Caribbean all my life. I've read stuff on the internet about Buffalo's winter and it scares me a little bit. Even if you are not really a native or resident of Buffalo but has lived in any state or country with snow, your advice regarding winter will greatly be appreciated.
Also I am not sure if I will be able to afford a car, Is it possible to live without one in Buffalo?? If not can i find a cheap but good deal in the area?
To finish I am a little bit confused with the geography of the area. Can you explain a bit?

Thank you for answering my questions. I am super confused and really scared of making the move to Buffalo, as I am used to big cities and a lot of trafic and activities. If you think I'm crazy to move from Florida to Up state Ny feel free to say so !

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Old 05-16-2009, 06:13 AM
 
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Since you are an international student, you will get a special orientation over 2 days that covers everything that the regular orientation covers (classes, safety, etc) as well as things like customs in America, how to drive in the winter, American laws, etc. I was an international student, and went to the orientation. You will probably meet a few people there.

As for driving, I would imagine that you are dorming on campus (probably the South campus) and you will be able to take the bus to anywhere that you need to go on campus.

If you need some more information I was an international student (I am now resident) and can help you. I still go to UB, so send me a message if you've got any UB specific questions. I know how confusing everything is at first, but you will like it. Everyone feels the same way. It is a huge campus, and people people tend to not talk much (not because they are rude, but because they are all in rush). So anything I can help you with just ask.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: BUFFALO, NY
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Hello
I am an international student from the Caribbean and I will be moving to Buffalo soon to attend UB. I have absolutely no idea of what I am getting myself into and it doesn't seem to me that my researches have brought much information to me. Currently I live in Miami Florida "the Sunshine state" and have lived in the Caribbean all my life. I've read stuff on the internet about Buffalo's winter and it scares me a little bit. Even if you are not really a native or resident of Buffalo but has lived in any state or country with snow, your advice regarding winter will greatly be appreciated.
Also I am not sure if I will be able to afford a car, Is it possible to live without one in Buffalo?? If not can i find a cheap but good deal in the area?
To finish I am a little bit confused with the geography of the area. Can you explain a bit?

Thank you for answering my questions. I am super confused and really scared of making the move to Buffalo, as I am used to big cities and a lot of trafic and activities. If you think I'm crazy to move from Florida to Up state Ny feel free to say so !
You should be just fine - the winters here aren't nearly as bad as most think or say. We have good snow removal, and big storms are relatively uncommon. You aren't crazy in the least for making a move from Florida to Buffalo. I'm positive you will fit right in, and enjoy your experiences. Welcome, and good luck!
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:14 AM
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You should be just fine - the winters here aren't nearly as bad as most think or say. We have good snow removal, and big storms are relatively uncommon. You aren't crazy in the least for making a move from Florida to Buffalo. I'm positive you will fit right in, and enjoy your experiences. Welcome, and good luck!

I agree for the most part. We do have an excellent snow removal team here, and we pay for it dearly in our taxes.

We have a few really strong storms per year, dumping feet of snow on the ground, and they plow it away literally the same day or day after.

The winters here are just annoying and linger on for 5 months out of the year.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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then that is what i am more worried about... 5 months wearing boots, glove and all that attire is a bit much
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:12 PM
 
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then that is what i am more worried about... 5 months wearing boots, glove and all that attire is a bit much
You won't need boots. I honestly don't even own a pair. The really cold months are just Dec. Jan. and Feb. Of course I lived in Canada my whole life, so I have never lived away from snow, but you'll adjust. The great thing about UB is that there are walkways that will get you from building to building, so once you are on campus, you don't need to go outside. The only downside is that most of the walkways are cold, because they aren't heated, but that is really minimal. You will get used to it, and probably be fine. Just get a warm coat, hat and gloves, for the coldest days and you will get along fine.

It may not be Florida, but you we see, we get nice weather occasionally
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Now in Houston!
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then that is what i am more worried about... 5 months wearing boots, glove and all that attire is a bit much
That's the reality. However, wearing boots and gloves seems a lot less worrisome than the threat of hurricanes!
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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That's the reality. However, wearing boots and gloves seems a lot less worrisome than the threat of hurricanes!
Hey Upstater!

I don't know, hurricanes can be pretty bad, but they aren't GUARANTEED to be really bad every year. Of course, Florida has the threat of bad hurricanes every time the season rolls around. Sometimes, they occur, and sometimes not so much.

Winter, on the other hand, is GUARANTEED here.

Also, once the hurricane is over, it's over. In the best situations, everyone goes back to normal, in the worst, people are w/o power for days or weeks, which of course is bad, BUT winter lasts WAAAAAY longer than a hurricane and it's damage, unless it's a REALLY bad hurricane (Andrew).

Just my opinion of course, as someone who gets really depressed during winter and is a hot weather/sun worshipper.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:54 PM
 
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Absolutely right. Never really thought of it, although, if our house is ruined by a hurricane, it is little consolation that it is sunny and 82 degrees the next day. But I hear you. Hurricanes don't leave you with shoveling and temperatures so cold that you can''t go outside 3-5 months a year.
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Hey, I hate winter as much as the next guy, but...

But insanely hot, humid, insect-infested daily thunderstorm weather is as guaranteed in Florida in the summer as a rough winter is in Buffalo. And it has the same net effect on daily activities - you basically don't go outside very much during certain parts of the year.

Buffalo in January = Stay inside to keep warm
Miami in August = Stay inside to keep cool and dry

Miami in January = Go outside and enjoy sunshine and 75 degree temps
Buffalo in August = Go outside and enjoy sunshine and 75 degree temps

Buffalo in November = Worry about a possible big lake effect snowstorm that may disrupt normal activities for a few days
Miami in September = Worry about a possible hurricane that could be very dangerous and destructive

... but it's true, you don't have to shovel heat
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