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Living Abroad - Key Issues

1. Accomodations - Where are you going to stay?
  • For the first term or even for the first year, it may be better
    to live in a dormitory on campus. That way, you'll easily meet other
    students and be close to your classes.
  • After the first term, you may want to try living "off campus". By
    living off campus, you will learn much more about ordinary American
  • The easiest way to find an apartment in the U.S. is through the
    newspaper. Look in the back of the newspaper for the "classified ads".
    Call some of the numbers for more information, then go and visit the
    ones that seem interesting to you.
  • When you get an apartment, you will have to pay the first month's
    rent as well as a one-month "security deposit". If you do no damage
    to the apartment during your stay, you will get ALL of that deposit
    back when you move out.

  • 2. Money Matters - Banking Accounts and Prices
  • When you first arrive in the U.S., walk around various shops just
    to get used to the prices. Compare all kinds of goods with the prices
    in your hometown, even if you don't plan to buy anything. Doing this
    will help you make intelligent purchases in the future.
  • If you can, open an account with a local "savings bank". Such a bank
    will be able to provide you with a cash card but will be less likely
    to charge you extra fees.
  • Keep track (write down) what you spend every day. After a couple of
    weeks, you will be able to make a budget (a financial plan) to make sure
    you have no problems during your stay.

  • 3. Customs - See Teacher Joe's Culture Page to learn more about life in the United States. If there's a topic you want to know about, just ask Joe!

    Joe with some of his Super Students
    at the top of Xiang Shan, west of Beijing

    Super Students from
    Jing Shan School in Beijing

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