Dear New Student,
As you know, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is sending emails containing important information in an effort to ensure a smooth transition from your home country to life as a student in the U.S.
In this email, we will focus on important information pertaining tohousing:
- All incoming undergraduate freshmen are required to live on-campus in a residential community. All undergraduate students are welcome, and encouraged, to live on-campus. For more information about how to arrange on-campus housing please visit: http://www.binghamton.edu/residential-life/
If you have not yet completed the on-line housing preference form, you must do so as soon as possible at this weblink: https://home.binghamton.edu/StarRezPortal/SingleSignIn/CAS.aspx Be sure you have paid your$350enrollment deposit (or arrange to have the enrollment deposit waived) before you try to submit the on-line housing preference form. Only those undergraduates who pay their enrollment deposit are allowed to reserve a bed in the residence halls.
- Undergraduate students (except freshmen) have the option of living off campus. Graduate students must live off-campus since on-campus housing is only open to undergraduate students. Use the following resources to guide your search for off-campus housing:
Bus routes serving Binghamton University:
Many students wisely search for housing located along the bus routes. Finding housing near the bus lines will make your commute to campus more convenient.
Off Campus College Transport
· OCC Transport is owned and operated by students at Binghamton University. Only Binghamton students, faculty, and staff are permitted to ride OCCT buses, and your student ID is required to ride. There is no cost.
Broome Country Transit:
· BC Transit is the municipal public bus system that also services Binghamton University. It is free to ride with a Binghamton University ID, but you can also pay cash. Regular cash fare is $2.00 and exact change is required. Routes 05, 15, 17, 23, 47, & 57 all serve Binghamton University. All routes begin from and terminate at the Broome County Junction which is located at 81 Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton.
Off-Campus Housing Listings
Binghamton University Off-Campus College Office:
· The OCC Housing List and the OCC Housemate / Subletter List are provided to students as a service by the OCC Office. There are also several apartment complexes in the area. University employees do not inspect, approve, or supervise the premises described, nor does the University become party to housemate/ subletter/ landlord/ tenant matters. OCC does not find housing for students.
Binghamton Area Newspaper - Press & Sun Bulletin: http://www.pressconnects.com
· The local newspaper lists housing opportunities that are available.
· Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements –These posts are not inspected or checked before they are posted. It is very important to exercise caution when renting apartments on Craigslist.
o Never, under any circumstances, wire money at the request of any prospective “landlord” via Western Union, Money Gram or any other wire service. Even if they tell you to wire the funds to a friend or relative’s name “to be safe,” it’s a trap!
o Never send a scan of your passport or other ID. Thieves will use your identity to scam others.
o Be suspicious if the deal sounds too good to be true. Scammers will often list a rental for a very low price to lure in victims. Find out how comparable listings are priced, and if the rental comes in suspiciously low, walk away.
Student Cultural Associations: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/new-students/virhostnew.html Student Cultural Associations may be able to give you information about housing available in the Greater Binghamton area. It is generally up to you to find your own housing. Some associations are able to offer assistance.
- If you are an undergraduate student and arrive to campus before the residence halls open, you can arrange for early arrival housing on campus. Our office will send additional information on how to apply for early arrival housing in the next few weeks.
- Please note: If you plan to arrive before January 23, 2014 you must make arrangements with residential life. You *must* have received your housing assignment before contacting Residential Life to arrange an early arrival.
- If you plan to live off campus and have not yet found an apartment, you may need to stay in a local motel. Binghamton University DOES NOT provide temporary housing for graduate students.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ISSS at email@example.com. Enjoy the remainder of your winter break and we look forward to meeting you soon!
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services