University Heights Community Laboratory


“We are a multipurpose space that provides DIY workshops focused on neighborhood development, community empowerment, and affordable and accessible education.”

When the CoLab is not being used to host workshops it becomes a space open to the public to rent, allowing our more artistic members the chance to display their artwork, community members to hold meetings, and young entrepreneurs to host programs and pop-up shops. Whether it be a lecture, meeting, or forum you’d like to host, we’d be happy to have you

The CoLab could be the right fit for your next event. Check us out in the adjoining storefront of our community partner the University Heights Tool Library then submit our reservation form or email us at to inquire more and… let’s CoLab!


  • > Located at 9 W. Northrup within the heart of the walkable University District go out and enjoy a meal before, during or after your event.
  • > Accommodating up to 30 people comfortably, the CoLab has room to spare for your workshop, meeting, or artwork.
  • Parking Locations [click here around the neighborhood and the LaSalle Metro stop is only a few blocks away! Why drive when you can bike and use public transit.
  • > Tables, chairs, a projector, white and chalk board wallsTool Library tools & equipment, and an ever expanding inventory at your service.
  • > Free wifi!


Check out all the low-cost and free DIY workshops offered throughout the months on the calendar below, as well as all the latest events happening in the University Heights District!

To register for a workshop please submit the appropriate Google form below located on the CoLab webpage or email with your name, zip code, and phone number. We look forward to have you as a CoLaborator!


Handmade Valentine WorkshoppeTuesday, February 13th @ 5:30pm – Pop-in to make unique and personal valentines for your special someone. Caesandra will provide an assortment of: fancy papers, stamps, ink, glitter, tools, stencils, punch-outs and embellishments. We will also have lots of garden PUNS and quotes if you need a few inspirations. Several pop-up options and templates will be available. Check out the event here –>

*$2 will cover the materials for each card. You can also purchase vintage valentines and decor, order chocolates and other items.


Need an affordable space for teaching a workshop or hosting an event? The CoLab is here to offer you just that!

The cost of renting the space is $15/hour and ask you submit a request to reserve the space two weeks in advance of your event.

Please submit the google form below or email us at to set up a meeting where we’ll discuss the CoLab’s mission and the details of your event. Make sure to look over the calendar to see if the date you want to reserve is available before your inquiry. Expect to hear back from us no later than a week and we look forward to CoLaborating!


Dedicated to infusing our community with affordable opportunities for artistic expression, the CoLab doubles as a gallery space available to beginning and professional artists alike. Attracting many different people from across the Western NY region, our space is a launching point for the creative, the committed and the civically-minded. Your art will be admired by activists, neighborhood residents, community leaders and fellow artisans.

Please submit the form below or email us at to place a reservation. Expect to hear back from us no later than a week from your initial request.


Know someone interested in teaching a workshop, displaying their artwork, testing out a pop-up shop, hosting a meeting, or in need of space? The CoLab is the place for them!

Help us get the word out by sharing our poster with your friends, family, and neighbors! (click on the image for a downloadable PDF)

Be sure to link to this page:



**In line with of our mission, The CoLab will be collaborating with the St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative and the University Heights Tool Library to host 20 no-cost/low-cost workshops focused on home repair and maintenance, tool and equipment use, home ownership, and property maintenance.  Stay tuned for more details about these workshops by checking our calendar!**

Get Handy: A Homeownership Workshop [March 4th @ 10am] January 26, 2017 - GET HANDY is a free DIY homeownership workshop presented by West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS that provides the experienced and first-time homeowner a chance to expand their education to promote DIY repairs featuring some of Buffalo’s grassroots-organization such as: Grassroots Gardens: Worms & Soil Testing PUSH Green: Green Energy Efficiency Options Kevin Gould (City Inspector): Code […]
DEAD TREE REMOVAL: Prep for ReTree the District September 10, 2016 - Please join the University Heights Tool Library, CommuniTree Stewards, and residents of University Heights as they look to remove dead trees, which unfortunately died during the drought earlier this year, that will be replaced during the fall ReTree the District planting on November 5th. Meet at The Tool Library [5 W. Northrup Place] on September […]
Community Laboratory Workshops for July July 18, 2016 - JULY WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS AT THE COMMUNITY LABORATORY Checkout all the events and workshops happening at the University Heights Community Laboratory (CoLab) and University Heights neighborhood for the end of July! The CoLab is a multipurpose space that provides DIY workshops focused on neighborhood development, community empowerment, and affordable and accessible education. Fair Housing Rights presented by H.O.M.E. – […]
Little Libraries Silent Auction Fundraiser June 13, 2016 - LITTLE LIBRARIES FREE ENTRY | CASH BAR | 50/50 RAFFLE SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER! Join The Tool Library and The Foundry on Thursday, June 23rd @ 6pm – 9pm for a night of food, friends, music, and a silent auction for an opportunity to bid on one of many handcrafted Little Libraries! Entry to the event is […]
June Workshops at the Community Laboratory [ 9 W. Northrup Place] June 2, 2016 - The Community Laboratory (CoLab) is at it again to offer you free and low-cost DIY workshops to improve yourself and the community around you. The CoLab are a multipurpose space that offers DIY workshops and open space rentals in the University District. Check out what’s for offer below! JUNE WORKSHOPS AT THE UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS COMMUNITY […]