Moving into a dorm is an easy process. You'll usually
get the key to the room and then walk on in. You'll have to contact your
school's housing department for specific information about what will be
available in the room. Unlike a hotel they won't make your bed with fresh sheets
every morning, and you'll probably have to bring your own pillow.
you first enter your dorm room utilities such as
electricity and telephone connections will most likely be ready to use. Each
school does have their own policies on paying for long-distance
telephone charges. Figure out what these policies are before you call home. You
may end up being better off using a phone card to call home.
Settling into an off-campus accommodation is a bit more complicated. If
your rent does not include utilities, you will need to request that the
companies turn on the electricity and telephone service when you arrive. Your
landlord should be able to provide you with the appropriate contact information.
The least expensive way to keep in touch with your
and family is through e-mail. You should usually be able to get internet access
through your school. Each U.S. school has its own policies and
procedures for accessing the Internet. There are also off-campus internet
service providers. You can expect to pay about $20 per month for an off campus