Hostel in Buffalo, USA

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Get to know Buffalo (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Buffalo. To help you make friends with Buffalo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Buffalo is the second-most populated city in the whole of New York, with a population of more than a million individuals, but just a limited number of hostels. Originally a thriving and burgeoning industrial city in the past, Buffalo is known for being the seat of the Erie County, and for being one of the first cities to benefit from the height of the Industrial Revolution. Initially a small trading community with a limited population, Buffalo began to expand sometime in the early nineteenth century, and by the early twentieth century, it soon became the eighth-largest city in the United States.

Initially known for being a hub for trade and industry, Buffalo also holds its ground when it comes to the academia, with a good selection of non-denominational, Christian, and Islamic schools situated within the heart of the city itself. In the world of the academe, Buffalo is well known for the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Because it is a melting pot of diverse cultures, Buffalo is an excellent place to pig out and enjoy a vast array foodstuffs from a wide range of different cultures. Home to a dizzying array of restaurants, eateries, food stands, pubs, and bars, Buffalo is the place to be if you’re hankering to try the best of local and even ethnic foods. Whether your tastebuds long for a whiff of good Italian roast or a filling Italian meal, the multifarious grub-stops in Buffalo are sure to keep you happy, sated, and content. If you’re a drinking person, the place is also known for its excellently brewed beers and ales, with a brewing tradition that stretches way back to the early days of the city. When staying at a hostel in Buffalo, you should never miss the world-renowned Buffalo chicken wings, a highly imitated but never rivaled local specialty.

Buffalo is an excellent place to be for good nightlife. Home to some fifty art galleries (both public and private) as well as an excellent range of places that feature live bands, and even an impressive theatre district (the Buffalo Theatre District), you can experience the best of Buffalo’s art and music scene every day or night. For those of us who enjoy a good lively festive scene, Buffalo has its share of local festivities, like the Allentown Art Festival every second week of June, the Taste of Buffalo (a gigantic outdoor food-fest!), and the notorious Dyngus Day Buffalo during the wintertime.

Buffalonians (as the locals are called) are also known throughout the country as a highly hospitable and peaceable lot of individuals, making Buffalo not only a perfect vacation spot, but also a great place to settle down! While there is a nearly unlimited means to find a place or land yourself in a cozy nook in Buffalo, advanced hostel reservations (literally months in advance at times!) are in order when you’re planning to visit during peak seasons such as in July or August.

Written by local enthusiast for Buffalo hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Buffalo hostels Angelica Burrage

FAQ about Buffalo Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Buffalo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Buffalo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Buffalo costs on average $42 for a dorm. A hostel in Buffalo with private rooms costs on average $171.
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Your Packing List for Buffalo

Your Packing List for Buffalo

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Buffalo and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Buffalo Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Buffalo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$42 Average dorm price
$171 Average private room price
$42 Cheapest hostel in Buffalo
Hostel Buffalo-Niagara is the cheapest
9.4 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Buffalo - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Buffalo. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Buffalo. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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