Travel to Binghamton University: First Steps

1. Bring US Money with you
2. Where is Binghamton University?
3. Schedule your flights – Arrive during University Office Hours
4. Arrange Your Housing at Binghamton University
5. What to do if you need to stay at a hotel before you move into University Housing
6. Restaurants Close to Binghamton University
7. Important Dates

1. Bring US Currency with You:
Before you travel to the United States you will want to go to the bank and exchange some of your home country currency for US dollars. You can also exchange currency at the Currency Exchange Booth in the airport when you first enter the United States. Remember, you will need US dollars or a Visa credit card to easily buy food and other essential items at the time of your arrival to the United States. You will need US dollars to buy food items from vending machines if you arrive to campus and local restaurant are closed for the day.

2. Where is Binghamton University?
Binghamton University is located near Binghamton, New York (New York State). Binghamton University is 185 miles northeast of New York City, NY.
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?state=NY

3. Schedule Your Flights -Planning Your Travel and Arrival to Binghamton
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/new-students/butravel.html

4. Arranging Your Housing:
Graduate students need to arrange their own housing.
There is no on-campus housing for graduate students. We advise you to arrive prior to January 22 (January 21 for exchange students) in order to locate housing. You need to locate your own housing off campus. Binghamton University does not have housing for graduate students.

Many of you will need to depend on public transportation to travel to campus and return home. Be sure the apartment you are considering is near the bus routes that serve Binghamton University campus.

The following resources will be able to provide you with information:

Bus routes serving Binghamton University:

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.

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, lists apartments that are available for rent.

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. These 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.

Things to think about:

· A lease is a contract between two parties, the landlord and the tenant. Once signed, a lease contract ensures both parties will perform the promises outlined in the lease (e.g. pay the rent, provide heating, maintain the apartment, give 30 days of notice before vacating the apartment, etc.).

· Landlords rent apartments to students as a business. Some landlords will try to take advantage of students in order to make a profit. It is important to make sure this does not happen to you.

· Items in a lease can be changed if both the landlord and tenants agree to the changes. Make sure any changes or verbal promises that are made are inputted in writing into your lease. If your landlord is not willing to put any promises in writing, it may be better to find a different apartment.

· Understand that most leases are 12 months and students are only typically in the area for 9 months. If you sign a 12 month lease, you are responsible for paying all 12 months, even if you are not physically in the apartment.

· If moving in with roommates, understand what type of lease you are entering. If you sign a joint lease, all tenants are responsible for the entire rent—not just the individual portion, even if a roommate moves out.

· Always have documentation of conversations/complaints made with your landlord. It is also important to document what you have paid to your landlord. If paying in cash, make sure to get a receipt. It may be better to pay by a personal check, so you will have documentation of when you paid and how much you paid. Before moving in, a landlord may ask you for first and last months’ rent and a security deposit.

Questions to ask your landlord:
· How many people can live in the apartment?
· How much is the security deposit? Is it refundable?
· Are utilities (electricity, water, heat) included?
· What are the average monthly costs for utilities?
· Is garbage included in the rent price? Will you supply the containers and recycling bins?
· Is laundry included on site? Does it cost extra?
· Are the appliances in good working condition?
· Will the locks be changed when I move in?
· Do you live in the area to help with maintenance issues or is there a separate maintenance person?
· Do you maintain the upkeep of the house, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, and snow removal?
· Does the apartment have a history of bed bugs?

When visiting the apartment, check to see:
· Are there working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor?
· Do all the windows and doors lock? · Is the apartment clean and seem well-maintained?
· Are there signs of pests or rodents? · Is there adequate water pressure in the sink and showers?
· Does it look like there are signs of leaking water?
· Do all the lights, outlets, and appliances work properly?
· Is the carpet or flooring in good condition?
· Do you have control of your heat?

Should I get renters insurance?
· It is your responsibility to ensure your belongings are safe. Things happen, such as theft, fire, loss or damage to your personal items. Therefore, you should consider purchasing renter’s insurance.

5. What to do if you need to stay at a hotel before you move into University Housing
If you are not able to arrive in Binghamton during University business hours, you will need to stay at a hotel or motel. Be sure to arrange your reservation before you leave home. Here is a list of hotels or motels close to campus:

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

6. Restaurants Close to Binghamton University:
If you arrive in the Binghamton area before you can move in to your residence hall, you will need to find your own food/meals. Here is a list of local restaurants located close to Binghamton University:

Restaurants Close to Binghamton University Campus
Name Ethnicity Address Phone number
Denny’s Restaurant (open 24 hours) American 4024 Vestal Pkwy, Vestal 13850 (607) 798-9660
Wendy’s American 3737 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal 13850 http://www.wendys.com/ (607) 798-7474
Kentucky Fried Chicken American 4010 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal 13850 http://www.kfc.com/ (607) 770-9786
Texas Roadhouse American 4399 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal 13850 http://www.texasroadhouse.com/ (607) 729-8200
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar American 3701 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal 13850 http://www.applebees.com/ (607) 729-4311
IHOP Restaurant American 3720 Vestal Pkwy E, #4695 Vestal 13850 http://www.ihop.com/ (607) 644-9051
Subway American 3801 Vestal Pkwy, Vestal 13850 http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/default.aspx?rdr=Banners:GooglePlaces:SubwayCom (607) 729-7257
College Town Pizza American 1101 Bunn Hill Rd., Vestal 13850 (607) 644-1231
The Old Teahouse Chinese 1101 Bunn Hill Drive, Vestal, 13850 (607) 729-3038
Buffet Star Chinese 4089 Old Vestal Rd, Vestal, NY 13850 http://www.buffetstarvestal.com/ (607) 798-8060
China Wok Parkway Buffet Chinese 4089 Vestal Parkway East Vestal 13850 (607) 797-2288
Nhu Y Vietnamese 3701 Vestal Pkwy E Store 11 Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 217-7276
Consol’s Italian 1101 Bunn Hill Road Vestal, NY 13850 http://consols.net/ (607) 217-7437
Los Tapatios Mexican 1101 Bunn Hill Road, Ste 5 Vestal, 13850 (607) 644-9121
Fuji San Japanese Restaurant Japanese 4105 Vestal Parkway East Vestal 13850 http://www.fujisanjapaneserestaurant.com/ (607) 797-9888
Man Nam Korean 4010 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal 13850 (607) 770-0073
Basha's Lebanese Grill Mediterranean 3748 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850 http://bashaslebanesegrill.com/ (607) 217-5288
Jimmy John’s American 3915 Vestal Parkway E., Vestal, NY http://www.jimmyjohns.com/ (607) 217-7393

7. Important Dates:
· Spring 2014 International Student Orientation is Wednesday, January 22nd to Friday, January 24, 2014. You will register for classes during International Student Orientation

· Classes begin on Monday, January 27, 2013.

Last Updated: 8/28/14