If you are an international student, we strongly recommend that you establish contact with people from your graduate program or country if possible, as it will help you understand various things such as student work/life balance, housing, living expenses, clubs, and events.
Social Security Number
International students will need to obtain their Social Security Number in order to work on campus. This is usually done during the mandatory international student orientation that you will be attending.
Graduate students live off campus, which is really fun and interesting.
For international students, we recommended that you finalize your housing a month before arrival (even though you may not be able to sign the lease yet). This will not only reduce tension but it will also help you get the best possible deal, as last minute housing is usually very expensive.
Reminder: It is important to be well aware of your lease conditions and the time period of the lease, before signing.