Prepare for Arrival

Important Dates

New Student Arrival Dates (includes students who started program abroad):

These dates are for graduate and undergraduate students at the Storrs campus. Exchange students and UCAELI students, as well as students at other campuses may follow different calendars. Check with your program for details.

August 20:

  • Move-in date for students new international students who live on campus (Storrs).
    • You must arrive in time to check-in to housing on August 20, 2022 between 12 pm and 6 pm. If you cannot get a flight that accommodates this check-in time, you need to arrive the day before and stay in a hotel. Hotel listings are available here.
    • This move in date is confirmed for students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and are verified as compliant in UConn's Student Health Portal. Check your compliance status here. Students who are not verified as compliant for COVID-19 vaccination in UConn's Student Health Portal may need to follow different move-in dates and procedures, to be announced. Update your proof of COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible to myhealth.uconn.edu.

August 21:

  • Last day to arrive in U.S. for new international students in Storrs who will live off-campus.

August 22:

  • Required ISSS New Student Orientation for international undergraduate students who began their program abroad and new graduate students at Storrs campus.

    August 29: Classes begin

    ISSS New Student Webinars

    See https://isss.uconn.edu/webinars/for a detailed schedule, to submit questions in advance,  and to watch video of previous webinars.

    Health Forms and Immunizations

    All enrolled UConn students must submit a Student Health History Form to Student Health and Wellness by August 1 (fall admits) and January 1 (spring admits).  You and your doctor/physician complete this form, which documents your immunization history and risk for Tuberculosis. The state of Connecticut requires students to have been immunized against certain diseases, and if you do not meet the immunization requirements by the 10th day of classes, a hold will be placed on your student account that prevents you from enrolling in future classes. When possible, you should obtain the required immunizations prior to departing your home country. Visit Student Health and Wellness for information about how to fill out the Health History Form and how to use the Student Health Portal.

    Visit Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) for more information for international students on the Student Health History Form, Immunization Requirements and How to Navigate the Student Health Portal including videos on how to upload your documents.

    Storrs: Orientation Health Screening Storrs campus students with incomplete Student Health History forms must attend a Health Screening during orientation. During this health screening, Student Health Services can provide immunizations you are missing and administer TB and other lab tests, but you will have to pay for these services and tests if your health insurance has not yet become effective. See Health Insurance for International Students for further information. Graduate Assistant health insurance is not effective until the first day of the month after your assistantship begins (most commonly September 1 or February 1), which is after the health screening, and most temporary travel insurance plans do not cover immunizations. Regional campus students who need required immunizations after arrival must visit a local healthcare provider to obtain any missing requirements; this will not be provided at orientation.

    Visiting Research Scholars and Professors: The University does not require you to have specific immunizations, or to complete the Student Health History Form. However, your visa does require you to maintain insurance meeting specific requirements. See Medical Insurance: Scholars for further information.

    What to Bring

    Bring some cash in U.S. dollars with them, to pay for small expenses that can occur directly after your arrival. We suggest you bring about $100 U.S. dollars with you in cash. Bradley International Airport (the closest airport to UConn Storrs) does not have a currency exchange kiosk.

    We recommend that you pack any items that you would need immediately upon arrival in your carry-on bag in case your checked-luggage is lost (for example, toothbrush/toothpaste, identification, money).

    UConn advises students who live on campus to bring these items; however, international students may need to purchase most of these items upon arrival due to packing limitations. ISSS plans to offer shopping trips to newly arrived international students August 24. More details to come.

    Pack a thermometer in the event you need to monitor your temperature after your arrival. Face masks are required in CT on all public transportation and in most health care facilities, you will need a face mask in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

    Connecticut is a four-season state, meaning we experience both very cold and very hot weather, as well as weather in-between. Please pack accordingly. You should plan to bring or purchase winter clothing by October.

    Electrical sockets in the U.S. are 120/240 volts/60 hz.

    Travel to the U.S.

    Students and exchange visitors may arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your Form I-20/DS-2019.

    If flying to the U.S., remember that you will be required to declare all goods that you are bringing with you, and their estimated value. If you are carrying $10,000 USD or more cash (including cash carried by any family members you travel with) this must be declared to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Most students and exchange visitors will pass through U.S. immigration at the first airport they land in the U.S. Some travelers might go through U.S. immigration at an overseas airport.

    You must present to the U.S. immigration officer your:

    • Passport with valid visa
    • Form I-20 or DS-2019
    • Students and exchange visitors who are Canadian citizens do not need a visa stamp, but must present the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with your passport.

    If you do not present your Form I-20/DS-2019, you could be admitted to the U.S. in the wrong visa status.

    You should also keep in your carry-on bag (not your checked luggage) additional items to show the officer in case they have further questions about your activity in the United States. Do not present these to the officer, unless asked for them. This may include:

    • I-901 SEVIS Fee payment receipt
    • Financial documents to show how you will support yourself
    • Admission or invitation letter to UConn
    • ISSS phone number: 860-486-3855 (in case they need to verify information with the University).

    The immigration officers may stamp your passport and write-in your visa classification (F-1, J-1, F-2, J-2) and the letters “D/S”, but this practice is becoming less common at ports of entry. If they do stamp your passport but do not write in D/S, you should ask to have this corrected before leaving the immigration window.

    If you are missing any documents, or if the immigration officers need to investigate whether you can be admitted to the United States, they might ask you to go to Secondary Inspection. In Secondary Inspection, the officers may ask further questions, look at your SEVIS record, and possibly inspect your other documents. Customs and Border Protection officers may ask to see your cell phones, laptops or other electronic devices. It is recommended that you try to book your flight to arrive in the U.S. during U.S. office hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon – Fri) in case Customs and Border Protection needs to contact ISSS.

    Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT is the closest airport to Storrs and Hartford. Students also fly to JFK airport (JFK) in New York City, Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, or Logan Airport (BOS), in Boston.

    Transportation to UConn

    Airport Shuttles/Car Service (All Airports)

    Bus Companies

    • Peterpan Bus Line (to Hartford, CT and Storrs, CT from NYC and Boston) Stops at "Mansfield-Nash Zimmer Transportation Center and UConn - East Campus Great Lawn"
    • Greyhound Bus Line (to Stamford and Hartford, CT from NYC and Boston.)
    • CT Transit Bus 913 (search for '913') Travel between Storrs and Hartford with a stop in Manchester, CT - Free for students with UPASS. $5 without UPASS. Have exact change ready.
    • 30-Bradley Flyer bus from Bradley Airport to Union Station in Downtown Hartford (fare $1.75). Pick up is from Terminal A, and the International Arrivals terminal. Have exact change ready.

    Train Lines

    Arriving at Bradley International Airport (BDL): 

    TAXI TO DOWNTOWN HARTFORD OR STORRS: The closest airport to UConn Storrs and Hartford campuses is Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Taxis are available outside of the airport. If there are no taxis at the airport go to the Ground Transportation desk and ask if they can arrange a taxi for you. The current taxi rate to Storrs is $79. Tipping is customary for taxi services, at a rate of 15-20% of the fare. See http://www.bradleyairport.com/directions/rental-taxi-limo/ for more information. Ride share services like Uber and Lyft are also available in Connecticut. You may also use one of the Car Service/Airport Shuttles that offer door to door service from the airports to your home.

    BUS TO DOWNTOWN HARTFORD:  30-Bradley Flyer bus from Bradley Airport to Union Station in Downtown Hartford (fare $1.75). Pick up is from Terminal A, and the International Arrivals terminal. Have exact change ready.

    BUS TO STORRS FROM HARTFORD:

    • CT Transit Bus 913 (search for '913') from Storrs > Manchester > Downtown Hartford - Free for students with UPASS. New students will not have a UPASS - the fare from Hartford to Storrs is $5.00. Cash payment only, you must have the exact amount (the driver does not give back change). This hourly bus service runs from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. stopping in Manchester at Buckland Hills Mall and Union Station Bus and Train Station in Hartford.
    • Peterpan Bus to Mansfield Transportation Center

    Arriving at New York City - JFK:

    • Option 1 From Kennedy International (JFK) take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). At Jamaica Station transfer to the "E" line (Blue Line). Take the "E" Line all the way to Manhattan and exit at "42 Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal".
    • Take the Peter Pan bus (to Storrs or Hartford) or a Greyhound bus (to Stamford or Hartford) from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal.  Ticket prices vary based on how many seats have been sold, but are around $20-$40. From Hartford, follow the instructions above about getting to Storrs from Hartford.
    • Become familiar with a NYC Subway Map
    • Option 2 Take a Taxi from JFK Airport to New York Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd St and follow instructions above.
    • Option 3 Take a taxi from the airport to Grand Central Station and take the Metro North Railroad (MNR)  -New Haven Line from Grand Central Station to Stamford or to New Haven, CT. In New Haven switch trains to CT Rail - Hartford Line traveling from New Haven to Hartford.  From Hartford, follow the instructions above about getting to Storrs from Hartford.
    • Option 4 Take the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, and from there, take the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station (Manhattan). From Penn Station, Amtrak travels to Stamford and Hartford, CT.
    • Option 5 Use one of the Car Service/Airport Shuttles that offer door to door service from the airports to your home.

    Arriving in Boston (BOS-Logan Airport):

    • From Logan Airport (BOS), take the Silver Line T (subway) to South Station (free).  From South Station take a Peter Pan bus (to Hartford or Storrs Mansfield) or a Greyhound bus (to Hartford or Stamford). Ticket prices vary based on how many seats have been sold, but are around $30-$40.  From downtown Hartford, follow the instructions above about getting to Storrs from Hartford.
    • Use one of the Car Service/Airport Shuttles that offer door to door service from the airports to your home.  Ride share services like Uber and Lyft are also available between Boston and CT.

        Arriving in Newark, NJ (EWR):

        • Take the Airtrain to Newark Liberty Airport Station, and from there take Amtrak to Stamford and Hartford, CT.
        • Use one of the Car Service/Airport Shuttles that offer door to door service from the airports to your home.

        Helpful Resources for Arriving in Boston-Hartford-New York City

        NYC Subway Map

        Boston Subway Map

        Temporary Housing

        Temporary Home Rentals (all Campuses): 

        Airbnb and VRBO offer temporary home rentals throughout CT. Check the listing to confirm that the location is walking distance or accessible by public transportation to campus.

        Storrs:

        Graduate Hotels Storrs:  On-campus hotel in Storrs.  Discounted Student Rates 1-14 days $90/night +15% tax, 15-29 days $80/night +15% tax, 30+ days $60/night +15% tax for a king room. Book a room here to secure student rates
        If you are under 21 mention you are an international student under 21 in the comment section so that you can check in without a parent.

        Accessible by bus:

        Spring Hill Inn

        The Inn on Storrs, (Mansfield Center)

        Hartford: Downtown Hartford hotels are all in walking distance to the Graduate Business Learning Center and UConn Hartford. Law School students can use CT Transit Bus System routes 60, 62, 64, 66 and 72 from downtown.  There is also the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport outside of Hartford.

        Stamford: 

        When booking at one of the hotels below please indicate you are a UConn international student and you may be eligible for a discount depending on the terms of your stay.

        The Lloyd Downtown Stamford (Across from the 900Washington Boulevard residence hall) 909 Washington Boulevard ~ (203) 363-7900 ~ https://thelloydstamford.com/

         Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown ~ 275 Summer Street ~ (203) 358-8822 ~ marriott.com/stfcy

        Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa ~ 243 Tresser Boulevard ~ (203) 357-9555 ~ marriott.com

        There are a number of  other hotels in downtown Stamford. Check an online map to see walking time to UConn Stamford.

        Other Resources

        Living in U.S. Resources

        University Resources

        Student Organizations: UConn hosts many active student organizations that have a specific culture or country focus. Some groups can provide support and information to new students and can be helpful if you are looking to connect with people or ask questions from a specific world region or cultural perspective. Search for organizations in the “Cultural” category.

        Common UConn Vocabulary Guide