Whether you're looking for a new place to live, going out on your own for the first time, or an out-of-towner moving to Buffalo, it can be tricky to know not only which neighborhood to call home, but how to find an available apartment that's right for you and your family (or cat/dog). 

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On the Buffalo subreddit, user TomatoSmoothie (great name btw) has that exact issue and asked:

“Heya! I might be moving to Buffalo for work near the waterfront/downtown (I think those are the terms), I was wondering how I can find a place? What sites/leasing companies should I check? I was hoping to find a 1b/1b that I could take the bus to and from Seneca One every day if it's further away.”

Here’s what other Buffalo-area Redditors had to say:

u/ shirazzzzzzz:

“If you want to rent an apartment in a house as opposed to an apartment building craigslist is the way to go. I've found most of my apartments in buffalo that way as I prefer renting from private landlords as opposed to management companies. You just have to be wary of scams and slumlords which isn't too hard as long as you see the apartment and meet the landlord in person before exchanging any money (not sure if you'll be local while searching or if you have to secure a place before coming here so maybe this will be tricky).

Otherwise Goldwyn has a lot of apartment buildings throughout the city. My husband has rented from them before and really liked them. But yeah for the bigger buildings I'd say apartments.com should work fine.”


“Facebook marketplace is how(sp) I list my rentals.”

This is one a lot of people forget about. Facebook marketplace is kind of like the new craigslist. Still, be very careful when buying anything from something like this and always do your homework.

This person moved into town and discovered how nice Lancaster is:


“I just moved to Buffalo in January to work downtown, and I got an apartment in Lancaster. It’s a little village outside of Buffalo and takes me 20 minutes to get to work every morning. My rent is 1k a month for a 2 bed 1 bath apartment with everything but electrical included.

I found it extremely difficult to find a place here without actually being here, but I located all the major development companies and contacted them personally about apartment availability. I hope to be in North Buffalo after this lease is up, which is the most fun part of Buffalo to me and is very similar to the neighborhood I grew up in.”

Even if you're from WNY, it can be tricky to know where to live when moving close to the city. Let's say you grew up in the south towns and didn't make it downtown often. Without coming here and checking it out, it's very hard to get a feel for the neighborhoods and know what will work best for you.


“Personally, I would try to live as close to a Metro stop as possible, since in my experience the service is slightly more reliable than bus service. I used to live in an Ellicott Development building and had a good experience (and if you have a dog over ten pounds they are basically your only option). I've also heard very good things about the Frizlen Group/Buffalofts, but their locations tend to be less central.”

Buffalo is different from other NYS cities in that we have the Metro rail and it is actually very handy... if you live near it and work downtown that is.

Check out the original post here.

What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Buffalo and looking for an apartment?

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