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HOUSING

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:

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.

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
http://www2.binghamton.edu/occ/transport.html

· 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:
http://www.ridebctransit.com/transit/routes

· 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:
http://occ.binghamton.edu/housing

· 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:
http://binghamton.craigslist.org/hhh

· 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.

Area Hotels, Motels and Bed & Breakfasts Close to Campus
Hotel Address & Website Phone
Binghamton Courtyard
by Marriott
3801 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bgmvs-courtyard-binghamton/
607-644-1000
Comfort Suites 3401 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-vestal-new_york-NY384
607-766-0600
Hampton Inn & Suites 3708 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-and-suites-binghamton-vestal-BGMHSHX/index.html
607-797-5000
Hampton Inn 630 Field Street
Johnson City, NY 13790 http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-binghamton-johnson-city-BGMNYHX/index.html
607-729-9125
Holiday Inn Express
& Suites
3615 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://www.holidayinnbinghamton.com/
607-348-0088
Homewood Suites
by Hilton
3603 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/homewood-suites-by-hilton-binghamton-vestal-ny-BGMVEHW/index.html
607-296-4800
Quality Inn & Suites
4105 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://www.qualityinnvestal.com/
607-729-6371
800-424-6423
Residence Inn Marriott 4610 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bgmny-residence-inn-binghamton/
607-770-8500

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ISSS at isss@binghamton.edu. Enjoy the remainder of your winter break and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Best Wishes,
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services

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Last Updated: 1/9/14