You will find this section a useful guide to living in the United
States throughout your stay in the USA. It explains everything from
the basics, such the US monetary and banking system, to the
intricacies of clothing sizes and national holidays. It also includes
tips on how to stay safe, secure, and healthy.
Upon arrival in the USA, you will need to find a place to stay. Look
here for advice on finding accommodations, leases and landlords, and
hooking up utilities.
Learn about the weird driving habits of Americans, from driving on the
"right" side of the road to the Pittsburgh left turn. There are also
tips about bicycles, taxicabs, and public transportation.
Money and Banking
Read about US coins and bills, the need for checking accounts and
credit cards, and traveler's checks and exchange rates.
Find out about everything from sales tax to saving money and clothing
sizes to alcoholic beverages.
Mailing and Shipping
The US Postal System is one of the least expensive and most efficient
in the world. Unfortunately, this means you will get a lot more junk
mail. If you need to post a letter or ship a package, find everything
you need to know here.
Safety and Security
This section will teach you a few simple precautions that can help
protect you from crime and let you know what to do in case of an emergency.
It is important that you read this section, because the United States
does not provide free socialized medicine. International students are
required to have health insurance in order to matriculate in college.
Families with Children
If you bring your children with you, you will need to know about day
care and the US school system.
Here are our picks of good tourist attractions for international
students, a discussion about student discounts, and basic information
about television, newspapers, and magazines.