The safest way to look after your money in the US is with a bank account. We’ll help you open a bank account when you arrive for orientation week. You’ll need this to store and access your money safely. Don’t forget to bring documents with you — usually two types of picture ID (passport and student ID card), proof of your US mailing address and money to open the account.
Once your bank account is set up, you’ll be able to withdraw cash from 24-hour ATMs (cash machines) around campus, the city or at local amenities.
Some countries have strict rules about transferring money to US bank accounts. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your government’s policies.
It’s not easy for international students to get a credit card in the US so we recommend applying for a credit card in your home country. VISA, MasterCard and Amex are widely accepted.