Life in the USA - International Students
Familiarize yourself with some of the basics facts about living in the USA, especially as it relates to managing your money, communicating with your loved ones abroad and getting around your new city.
Make Informed Decisions about Finances
Be prepared to manage your living expenses and housing in the USA. The U.S. Department of State provides official information on salaries, costs of living and relocation. In addition, the following resources will help you stay informed.
Please contact an International Student Advisor for more information.
Cost of Living Resources
Numbeo allows you to compare the costs of living between your current city and your prospective DeVry University campus.
Move offers information about the housing market near DeVry University campuses. Compare off-campus housing costs and make the best decision based on your individual housing requirements.
Salary enables you to compare the costs of living in different states. The site also allows prospective students to search salary ranges by state, city, or job category.
Money & Phones
Money for Your Arrival
Opening a Bank Account
When you arrive at DeVry University, you will need enough money for immediate expenses including hotels, food, registration fees and housing costs. Contact your home country bank for details about the following:
- Traveler's Checks: The money is immediately available if checks are in U.S. dollars, and they can be replaced if lost or stolen
- Wire transfers: Money can be transferred, but an account at a U.S. bank must be opened first and there may be a fee for using the service
Learn more about protecting and accessing your money while abroad.
With a checking account in the U.S., you will be able to deposit and withdraw money frequently and easily pay bills such as rent or utilities. Most checking accounts include an ATM / Debit card.
You'll need to inquire with a bank about their specific requirements for opening a new account. Common documents needed to open an account include:
- Valid passport
- I-20 form
- Enrollment verification letter
- Proof of residency in U.S. (e.g., utility bill)
- Foreign driver's license
- Student photo ID
You may already have a cell phone in your home country. Be sure to inquire about its use in the USA before you arrive. Other common ways to communicate with friends and family abroad include:
- International Calling Cards — Call home by using an international calling card, credit card, or by placing an operator-assisted or collect call.
- Skype (www.skype.com) — Skype software enables you to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files over the internet with other Skype users.
New York area
San Francisco (Fremont) area
Sherman Oaks (LA) area
The Chicago, Chicago Loop and Chicago O'Hare campuses are easily accessible by public transportation, including buses and trains:
- CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)
- RTA (Rapid Transit Authority)
There are plenty of options for getting around New York City without a car. The NYC Subway runs 24/7 every day of the year. Buses and taxis run virtually non-stop as well. Other options include the Long Island Railroad, Metro North and Path NJ/NY.
Getting around Pomona is easy. You can choose from:
The Fremont campus in the San Francisco Bay area is easily accessible by public transportation, including:
- BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
For up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare, and bicycling information visit www.511.org. Generate step-by-step instructions for traveling from place to place on public transportation – including an itinerary with schedules, fares, time estimates, and interactive maps.
Sherman Oaks is served by metro bus lines with many stops and connections to the Metro Rail Red Line, which goes through Hollywood, all the way to Union Station train station. Sherman Oaks is also in close proximity to two major freeways, I-405 and the State Route 101. The nearest major airport with domestic and international flights is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is 19 miles from Sherman Oaks, CA.