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1 Presented by International Student & Scholar Services Office of International Education

2 Open a Bank Account Start a Mobile Phone Line Print out Important Documents from MyUAlbany Public Transportations around Albany Get a NYS Drivers License; Buy a Car Grocery and Other Shopping Entertainment


4 SEFCU (Bank & ATM right here on main campus!) KEY BANK (just outside of campus) HSBC (on Western Ave., near campus) CITIZENS BANK (same as HSBC) BANK OF AMERICA (not very close to campus) ATMs on Campus: Uptown: SEFCU, HSBC & KEY Bank Downtown: KEY Bank East: M&T Bank

5 Passport, I-94, and I-20 or DS-2019 UA Student ID Card Proof of Local Address (MyUAlbany Demographic Data Addresses) Proof of Enrollment (MyUAlbany Academics My Class Schedule & Enrollment Verification) Initial Deposit $1 - $50 (varies)

6 Checking Account lower minimum monthly balance Commonly use for regular money transactions (withdrawals, deposits through ATM & checks) and bill payments Saving Account Usually higher minimums and avg. balances Maintain regular savings for a longer term More secure without ATM/check accesses

7 You Do Not Need a Social Security Number (SSN) to Open a Bank Account. If Later You Obtain a SSN, You Need to Update to Your Bank(s).

8 Start a Mobile Phone Line in the U.S.

9 AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Contract – 1 or 2 years Family Plan with friends Prepaid, No-contract Phone TIP: Learn about Early Termination Fee ($150 ) before you sign any contract.

10 Choose the phone at the company in which you want to start the line. Basic phone is usually free when you open a new line. If you want to use your own cell phone from home and just switch the SIM card, check for compatibility first.

11 Your Passport, I-94 and I-20 or DS-2019 UA Student ID Card Proof of Local Address Security Deposit of $150 ~ $500 (returned after one year of good payment records.) TIP: At the beginning of semesters, AT&T usually charges no security deposit for intl students without a SSN.

12 SKYPE Free Skype-to-Skype calls & webcam Unlimited landlines and/or mobiles; rates vary by destination countries. MSN or Yahoo! Instant Messenger Other International Call Options:

13 Learn How to Print Directly from MyUAlbany: Proof of Address Class Schedule Enrollment Verification TIP: Printers are available in libraries and GSO (for grad students only)

14 Log on to MYU A LBANY Use your NetID and password.

15 Click on Demographic Data

16 Edit & Print Your Addresses Your local address in/near Albany. Your permanent address must be in your home country.

17 Academics & My Class Schedule

18 Print My Class Schedule

19 Click Enrollment Verification Find this at the bottom of the Academics page.

20 Print Out the Official Enrollment Verification

21 Location: BA B26A (in the basement of the Business Building) Provide Copies to Students. Fax Service: 0.50 per page (Domestic) 1.00 per page (International)

22 Public Transportations in/around Albany

23 East Campus via Madison Avenue Patroon Creek Shuttle (to Health Center) Shopping Shuttle (to Price Chopper & Wal-mart) Western Avenue Shuttle Freedom-Uptown Campus Shuttle Weekend Freedom Apartment Shuttle

24 FREE with UA Student Card, otherwise $1.50 Per Ride. #12 – on Washington Ave. #11 – on Western Ave. (Science Library Stop) #10 – on Western Ave. Wal-Mart Shuttle: Crossgates Wal-Mart #90 – Collins Circle Central Ave. (Target and Colonie Center) #1, #55 – on Central Ave. (to Schenectady)


26 Greyhound Student Discounted Bus Tickets Available at Student Association at Campus Center 116. Mega Bus Yah!- May Get as Low as $1 to NYC (Avg. $25) Nah!- Bus Stop at Rensselaer NY. AA Bus (Double Happiness) $20 One-way or $35 Roundtrip to NYC Two Bus Stops: 128 Central Ave. & 1245 Central Ave.

27 Amtrak Student Advantage Card – Buy the card for $20 and enjoy 1 year of 15% off. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Card – 15 % off lowest available fare.

28 You may buy or bid your flight ticket at: PRICELINE.COM ORBITZ TIP 1 - When you bid online, there is NO refund or change. Be sure to read through policies first. TIP 2 - If youre traveling outside of the U.S., be sure to get a Travel Signature from ISSS on your I-20/DS-2019 at least one week before departure.

29 Obtain a NYS Drivers License & Buy a Car

30 A Valid Driver License from Another Country is Also Valid in NYS. You Do Not Need to Apply for a NYS Driver License unless You Become a Resident* of NYS. * More than 90 days of stay in NYS and you are considered a resident. Be Sure that Your Driver License from your Home Country is in English. The Minimum Driving Age in NYS is 16.

31 No SSN ? Get a letter from ISSS and another from Social Security Administration before you go to DMV. Provide 6 Points of Proofs of Identity Example: Passport & I20/DS2019 (3p) US Health Insurance Card (1p) US Bank Statement (1p) Utility Bill (1p) Pay Application Fee Get a Mug Shot - Smile! Pass the Vision Test & Written Test (20 MC Qs) Online Driver's Manual & Study Guide:

32 1) Visit ISSS and Request a Status Letter - Not Eligible for SSN 2) Once you receive the letter from ISSS, bring it to Social Security Administration (Bus #12 or #10 to Clinton Sq. in Downtown Albany) and get another letter there. 3) Take the letter from SSA and be ready for DMV!

33 Take the 5hr. Pre-licensing Course. Drive with a Supervising Driver Who Holds a Valid Driver License and is Aged 21 or Older. Schedule & Pass the Road Test. TIP: Take another 6hr. Defensive Driving Course and receive auto insurance discount.

34 Right Way Driving Center Gateway Driving School Knowledge Network Inc

35 Buy a Used Car Kelley Blue Book Edmunds Auto Trader Check Vehicle History Reports (VIN): Carfax Autocheck Buy a New Car Check Consumer Reports for review Check the dealers inventory and check a review of dealer itself.

36 Shopping

37 Price Chopper (Get a Free AdvantEdge Card) Hannaford Wal-Mart Supercenter TIP: Check School Shopping Shuttle to Wal-Mart and Price Chopper, Mon - Fri.

38 Asian Supermarket (1245 Central Ave.) Asian Food Market (91 Colvin Ave.) Dnipro (Russian & East Europe Central Ave.) Honest Weight Food Co-Op (organic, 484 Central) Kashmir Bazaar (Indian, 1531 Central Ave.) Kim's Oriental Shoppe (Korean Central Ave.) Mitsuwa (Japanese. 595 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ)

39 UA Bookstore Mary Jane (215 Western Ave. Bus #10, #11 & school shuttle) Go Online – Compare Prices first: or TIP: Many low-priced books are International Edition and may not be eligible for buyback.

40 PayPal One for all shopping sites. Shop without sharing your bank info. Make sure the website is reliable. Do NOT use Western Union or Money Gram for online shopping!

41 Entertainment Movie, Music, Performances, Shopping, Sports

42 University Performing Arts Center (PAC) Schedule of Events University Art Museum UAlbany Fountain Day April A Celebration of School Spirit Say Goodbye to Winter (at least symbolically)

43 Crossgates Mall (Bus #12, #10) Colonie Center (Bus #90) Lee Prime Outlets (1hr drive to Lee, MA) Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (2hrs drive to Central Valley, NY)

44 Regal Cinemas at Crossgates Mall Regal Cinemas at Colonie Center Madison Theatre at 1040 Madison Ave. (Near downtown campus, next to Muddy Cup café) Spectrum 8 Theatres at 290 Delaware Ave. (locally owned, independent movie theater.. Join ISSS events to win buy-one-get-one-free ticket discount!)

45 New York State Museum The Egg - Performing Arts Center Times Union Center – Concerts, Sports, Family Palace Theater – Films, Drama, Music Proctor's Theatre at Schenectady Saratoga Performing Arts Center Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (renowned for its acoustics)


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