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Preparing for the US
Before you leave
Packing your Bags
Traveling to the US
Arriving at NC State
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Welcome to the USA !

You will arrive at Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU) - this airport serves the tri-city area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The airport is not very far away from Campus. If you inform Maitri well in advance, they will arrange to pick you up.

What to do when you arrive

It is possible that after your long journey you will experience some jetlag. Don't worry this is normal and the effects will disappear with time.

Most likely, you will be assigned accomodation by the folks at Maitri. They handle the pickup and temporary accomodation of hundreds of students coming from India. For this reason, please contact them a month or more in advance and advise them of your confirmed travel plans.

Opening a Bank Account

One of the first things you should do as soon as you arrive at NC State is open your bank account. You will need access to your money for a variety of things very soon and you should not delay this procedure. There are a number of good banks around the NC State Campus like Wachovia, Bank of America, BB&T etc. Most students opt for an account at Wachovia Bank opposite the D.H Hill Library on Hillsborough Street.

To open a bank account you need your passport, I-20, letter of admission and any other specific documents the bank may require (check website). If you have brought your fees as a International Demand Draft or Traveller's Checks you will need to bring that along as well.

Most students create two accounts - a Checking and a Savings Account

  • Checking Account : This account earns no interest but is used in your day to day transactions. The money for checks you issue will come out of this account. Similarly, any ATM transactions or purchases you make using your ATM/Debit card will be billed to this account. You should not keep all your money here because it is unsafe (in case your ATM/Debit card gets lost or stolen) and inefficient (because it earns you zero interest)
  • Savings Account : This account earns you a nominal rate of interest. It comes with some restrictions. For example, you can only perform a limited number of transactions on this account every month. Check with the bank for more details. You should deposit your fee DD and funds in this account. Using the Netbanking facility that the bank will provide, you can periodically transfer some money from your Savings account to your Checking Account.

As soon as you apply and receive your Social Security Number (SSN) you should inform the bank of the same.

Looking for your own accomodation

Looking for your own accomodation should be a priority as soon as you arrive. Your temporary accomodation will only be able to host you for about a week so as to make room for other students.

There are two main areas where most of the Indian graduate students stay - Avent Ferry Road and Gorman Street. Both these places are considered close to campus and are served by the Wolfline (NC State's Bus Service). You will have to meet the apartment managers of the various complexes and ask them what places they have available. Besides the rent, they will also tell you when they can hand over the house to you.

Here are some of the housing complexes you can visit :

  • On Avent Ferry Road :
    • Champion Court [currently $800/month]
    • Ivy Commons [currently $?/month]
    • Avery Close [currently $675-725/month]
    • Kensington Park [currently $?/month]
    • Western Manor [currently $?/month]
    • Colonial Arms [currently $?/month]
  • On Gorman Street :
    • Gorman Crossings [currently $?/month]

Visit the Office of International Students (OIS) and check-in

Within a few days of coming to the US you must visit the OIS located currently at Daniels Hall (Building 38) in the North Campus map. They will make copies of your passport and I-20 and other documents. You will also have to attend a mandatory International Students Orientation- you can find out more details from the OIS.

The orientation deals with some of the following topics :-

  • Academic standards and practices in the US
  • Building credit history
  • Getting along with fellow students here
  • Driving and getting a license
  • Rules and regulations you should know about
  • Best places to visit and shop

There is also a Graduate Students Orientation which you may or may not want to attend. By most accounts it is a rehash of what they talk about in the International Students Orientation with an emphasis on academics.

You must always maintain your current address with the OIS. Any change in address must be notified to them as part of your non-resident status here.

Visit your college and check-in

Check in with the Engineering college, Business school, Design School or wherever as well. They may have important information regarding your school's orientation program - date of start of classes etc.

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