The University Heights is a unique, diverse, and affordable community located in the northeast corner of Buffalo. Originally envisioned as a street car neighborhood for the city that was then a bustling center of industry, trade, and commerce, The Heights has seen incredible change since its original development in the early 20th century. It remains a highly walkable and dynamic neighborhood, with vibrant commercial districts filled with local small businesses, an eclectic mix of historic homes, a multitude of pocket parks and community green spaces, and access to public transit.


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Important Numbers
Public Safety:
In the event of an emergency or suspicious activity, please call 911

  • E District Police Station: 716-851-4416
    • E District Community Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6PM at 2777 Bailey Avenue (Edward Saunders Community Center)
  • Police Headquarters: 716-851-4444
  • BPD Non-Emergency: 716-853-2222
  • Narcotics/Homicide Tipline: 716-847-2255

Quality of Life Issues
For more information or to put in a service request visit the City’s website or call 311

  • Garbage Removal: 716-851-4890
  • Snow Removal: 716-851-5661
  • Rodent Control: 716-851-5790
  • Dog Enforcement: 716-851-5694
  • Parking Enforcement: 716-851-5182
  • Street Lights: 716-837-7531
  • Graffiti: 716-851-4348

Healthy Neighborhood Program – Referrals for Services

Important Organizations

HousingCourt250University District Housing Court Info

The Housing Court Liaison for University District advocates on behalf of the community for properties that are cited for housing code violations and referred to the City of Buffalo’s Housing Court by the Department of Permit and Inspection Services.

Keep up-to-date on the fight against blight in our community.


WhoRepsMe250 Who Represents Me?

Have an issue, program, or project that you are especially passionate about? Do you want your elected officials to advocate on your behalf, but aren’t exactly sure who represents you at the different levels of government?

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of elected officials who represent residents of the University Heights, so you call, email, or tweet them!


Linear Park

Linear Park is a city park community greenspace located along the western edge of the University Heights abutting streets like Custer, West Northrup, West Winspear, and Flower. It features a paved bike path that runs from Merrimac Street to the LaSalle Metro station.

Once known for illegal dumping and crime, a community effort to cleanup the park, spearheaded by the Heath Street Block Club, has transformed the park into a neighborhood asset enjoyed by joggers, bikers, families, and dog walkers alike. Thanks to these efforts, Linear Park is also slated to receive significant investments through the City’s capital improvement program.

Get involved by joining a cleanup or holding an event in Linear Park!

North Buffalo Rails to Trails

A former Erie/DL&W Railroad right-of-way that runs along the berm separating University Heights from North Buffalo is set to be transformed into a multi-model Rail Trail accommodating both pedestrians and bicyclists. This first of its kind project will not only help reconnect two communities, but will also encourage alternative forms of transportation, while connecting the City of Buffalo into a larger, regional bike path network.

The project is utilizing $1.2 million is federal CMAQ funds to construct a 12ft wide path that will run from the LaSalle Metro station to Kenmore Avenue. A similar project sponsored by Erie County will continue the path across Kenmore Avenue and into Tonawanda.

Get involved by joining a cleanup or developing programming for the Rail Trail!

MainStreet250Main Street Business Association

The Main Street Business Association is a group of business owners and entrepreneurs working to maintain and enhance the local business community along Main Street in University Heights.

Get involved by attending a meeting or participating in a beautification project!