PRACTICAL MATTERS - University at Albany

Presented by
International Student & Scholar Services
Office of International Education
 Open a Bank Account
 Start a Mobile Phone Line
 Print out Important Documents from
 Public Transportations around Albany
 Get a NYS Driver’s License; Buy a Car
 Grocery and Other Shopping
 Entertainment
SEFCU (Bank & ATM right here on main campus!)
KEY BANK (just outside of campus)
HSBC (on Western Ave., near campus)
BANK OF AMERICA (not very close to campus)
ATMs on Campus:
Uptown: SEFCU, HSBC & KEY Bank
Downtown: KEY Bank
East: M&T Bank
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)
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
 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).
Start a Mobile Phone
Line in the U.S.
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.
 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.
 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 int’l
students without a SSN.
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:
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)
Log on to “MYUALBANY”
Use your NetID
and password.
Click on “Demographic Data”
Edit & Print Your “Addresses”
Your local
in/near Albany.
address must
be in your
home country.
“Academics” & “My Class Schedule”
Print “My Class Schedule”
Click “Enrollment Verification”
Find this at the bottom of
the “Academics” page.
Print Out the Official
“Enrollment Verification”
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)
Public Transportations
in/around Albany
East Campus via Madison Avenue
 Patroon Creek Shuttle (to Health
 Shopping Shuttle (to Price Chopper & Wal
Western Avenue Shuttle
 Freedom-Uptown Campus Shuttle
 Weekend Freedom Apartment Shuttle
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)
 Greyhound
Student Discounted Bus Tickets Available at Student
Association at Campus Center 116.
 Mega
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.
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.
You may buy or bid your flight ticket at:
TIP 1 - When you bid online, there is NO refund or change.
Be sure to read through policies first.
TIP 2 - If you’re 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.
Obtain a NYS Driver’s
License & Buy a Car
 “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.
 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:
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!
 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.
Right Way Driving Center
Gateway Driving School
Knowledge Network Inc
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 dealer’s inventory and check a review
of dealer itself.
 Price Chopper (Get a Free AdvantEdge Card)
 Hannaford
 Wal-Mart Supercenter
TIP: Check School Shopping Shuttle to
Wal-Mart and Price Chopper, Mon - Fri.
Asian Supermarket (1245 Central Ave.)
 Asian Food Market (91 Colvin Ave.)
 Dnipro (Russian & East Europe. 1533 Central Ave.)
 Honest Weight Food Co-Op (organic, 484 Central)
 Kashmir Bazaar (Indian, 1531 Central Ave.)
 Kim's Oriental Shoppe (Korean. 1649 Central Ave.)
 Mitsuwa (Japanese. 595 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ)
 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.
 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!
Movie, Music, Performances,
Shopping, Sports
University Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Schedule of Events
University Art Museum
 UAlbany Fountain Day
April 2011
A Celebration of School Spirit
Say Goodbye to Winter (at least symbolically)
 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)
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!)
 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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