Here is complete information to help you plan your visit to Buffalo State, including driving directions. For GPS, please use the campus mailing address: 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222.
With the exception of paid visitor parking in metered lots G-25, I-30, R-3 and R-4, permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. Most staff lots convert to student lots after 4:00pm (Lot I-32 converts at 5:30 p.m.). Please look for the signage at the entrance to each lot to verify that you can park there.
Students may obtain their parking permits beginning in mid-July for the following academic year by applying online.
Parking meters are available in visitor lots G-25, I-30, R-3 and R-4, and are strictly enforced from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors also may obtain free temporary parking permits from Parking Services or University Police for use in student lots.
Individuals invited to campus by a campus department or office are required to display a temporary permit when parking on campus. Permits should be obtained through the inviting department in advance of arrival.
One-day temporary permits also are available for students and staff. Temporary permits are valid only in lots specified on the permit. Temporary permits are not valid in reserved spaces, those designated for maintenance vehicles, or metered areas.
Although there is an adequate number of parking spaces available, similar to other universities, parking may not be available as close as you would prefer to your campus destination. Lot G-20, located west of Grant Street, offers available parking 99 percent of the time. Additionally, the Grant-Cleveland Shuttle runs on an approximate seven-minute loop; simply wait at the covered shelter located in Lot G-20, and the shuttle will drive you to Cleveland Circle, Lot R-4.
The NFTA Buffalo State College Riders Accessing Metro program provides undergraduate students with unlimited access to the NFTA Metro Bus and Rail System plus the #206 campus circulator.
A student transit pass, along with a current Buffalo State photo ID card, is required to use any of the services. Passes may be picked up at Butler Library. Faculty, staff, and campus visitors may use the NFTA campus circulator shuttles at a cost of $2 per ride.
Safe escort programs, available free of charge to all students, faculty, and staff, provide a walking companion or a safe ride on campus:
A personal escort to your car or residence hall can be requested by calling University Police at 878-6333, extension 6333 from a campus phone, or via blue-light phone. University Police officers wear gray or blue uniforms with name badges; University Police Student Assistants (UPSA) wear bright red shirts, jackets, and ID tags. Each UPSA carries a police radio to stay in touch with the University Police dispatch center.
Safe Escort Shuttle and Van
The Grant-Cleveland Shuttle is a free express shuttle service connecting students, faculty, and staff who park in outlying lots along Rockwell Road and Letchworth Street to the center of campus. The Grant-Cleveland Shuttle picks up riders in Lots G-20 and R-14 and takes them directly to Lot R-4 —also known as the Cleveland Hall circle— from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when classes are in session.
The overnight escort shuttle operates from 4:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. seven days a week when classes are in session and provides late-night service to all parking lots and most buildings. To catch this free evening shuttle, wait at a blue-light phone along the route.
If your car won't start, just call (716) 878-6333 or use a blue-light phone to request free motorist assistance. We'll try to get you going by sending the MAP van to help with minor car problems, such as flat tires and drained batteries.
Weekend or overnight visitors can park in any student lot designated for overnight parking: lots G-20, I-39 or R-14. Overnight parking rules are enforced all year round; signs are posted in respective lots. All visitors must obtain a temporary parking permit from Parking Services or University Police, located in Chase Hall.
Resident freshmen and sophomores may not bring vehicles on campus. The campus parking rules and regulations provide additional information.
Additional parking permits may be purchased for a fee. Valid vehicle registration must be presented for both vehicles in order to obtain the second permit. Both registrations must show the individual’s current address.
Because your parking permit is not transferable among vehicles, you may obtain a one-day temporary parking permit at Parking Services or University Police, Chase Hall. If your visit is short term, you may also utilize the metered parking areas of Lots G-25, I-30, R-3, and R-4.
The Parking Services Office website provides information about paying parking citations.
Your may appeal a citation within 30 days of issuance by completing the bottom of the parking citation and returning it to the Parking Services office. The office will notify you of the date and time of your hearing.
The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. You may call Parking Services at 716-878-3041 for additional information.
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