Prepare for Arrival

 

ISSS Pre-Arrival Live Chats – Content of Live Chats is Specific to Storrs Campus

  • Thursday, June 13th at 8:30am- 9:30am
  • Thursday, July 11th at 8:00am- 9:00am
  • Friday, August 2nd at 8:30am-9:30am

 

Health Forms and Immunizations

 

All UConn students must submit a Student Health History Form to the UConn Student Health Services office by July 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 classes. When possible, you should obtain the required immunizations prior to departing your home country.

Visit UConn Student Health Services for more information for international students on the Student Health History Form, Immunization Requirements and Immunization FAQs.

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 September 1 or February 1 (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

Students should plan to 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. The Storrs campus international orientation programs all offer a shopping trip to a low-cost department store within the first days of orientation. Dorm linens are available in limited quantities on campus at the UConn Bookstore, 2nd floor. The UConn Bookstore will be open 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

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

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 should stamp your passport and write-in your visa classification (F-1, J-1, F-2, J-2) and the letters “D/S”. If they 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 arrive at immigration 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 in New Jersey, or Logan Airport (BOS), in Boston.

Transportation to UConn

To Storrs

From Bradley International Airport (BDL):

Free UConn Shuttle: ISSS will provide a free shuttle service between Bradley International Airport and the UConn Campus on August 17th and August 18th between 10 am and 8 pm.  Please let us know in advance if you plan to use the shuttle and contact international@uconn.edu if you would like to receive more information. The shuttle will drop off at both the Charter Oak Apartments (for dorm check-in) as well as the Nash Zimmer Transportation Center in downtown Storrs, for students who will need to connect to local buses for off-campus housing.

Taxis: 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 please go to the Ground Transportation desk and 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.

Public Transportation: Take the 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. https://www.cttransit.com/services/bradley-flyer

CT Transit Bus 913 (search for ‘913‘) from Storrs > Manchester > Downtown Hartford – Free for students with UPASS! 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.

From Downtown Hartford:

CT Transit Bus 913 travels from Union Station to Storrs via Manchester. Purchase your ticket as you board the bus by selecting “Get 2 Hour Pass” on the fare box, and inserting cash into the box. From Union Station to Storrs you will travel 4 Zones, $5.00. Change is not given. Drop off is near Whitney Hall (East Campus) and at the Storrs Center Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, in downtown Storrs.

From New York City – JFK:

  • Option 1 From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York 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”. http://www.panynj.gov/airtrain/index.html
  • Take the Peter Pan bus from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to Storrs, University of Connecticut. The ticket is $29.00. Be sure to be familiar with a NYC Subway Map: http://web.mta.info/maps/submap.html
  • Option 2 Take a Taxi from JFK Airport to New York Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd St.
  • Take the Peter Pan Bus from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to Storrs, University of Connecticut. The ticket is around $22.00. https://peterpanbus.com/

From Boston (Logan Airport):

From Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston take the Peter Pan bus to Storrs, University of Connecticut. Pick up the bus outside of Terminals A, B, C, E. The ticket costs around $34- purchase your ticket online and print for travel. You will change buses in Providence, RI.

To Hartford

From BDL:

Take the 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. Drop off is at Union Station and the Connecticut Convention Center (both downtown).  https://www.cttransit.com/services/bradley-flyer

From JFK:

  • Option 1: From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). At Jamaica Station transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR all the way to Penn Station, W. 34th Manhattan. From Penn Station take the Amtrak train to Hartford, CT. www.amtrak.com
  • Option 2: From NYC take the Metro North Railroad http://www.mta.info/schedules -New Haven Line travels from Grand Central Station to Stamford, and New Haven, CT. In New Haven switch trains to CT Rail – Hartford Line http://www.hartfordline.com/ traveling from New Haven to Hartford.
  • Option 3:From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). http://www.panynj.gov/airtrain/index.html  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 or the Greyhound bus from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, to Hartford. Depending on the time, the ticket will cost between $22.00 -$35.00. NYC Subway Map.

From BOS:

  • Option 1: From Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston take the Peter Pan bus to Hartford. Pick up the bus outside of Terminals A, B, C, E. The ticket costs around $40-$50- purchase your ticket online and print for travel. You will witch buses in Providence, RI.
  • Option 2: From Logan Airport take the “T” (Boston subway) silver line to South Station. At South Station, take the Peter Pan or the Greyhound bus from Boston South St Station to Hartford. Depending on the time, the ticket will cost between $30-$40.

To Stamford

From JFK:

  • Option 1: 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.
  • Option 2: Take a taxi from the airport to Grand Central Station, and from there, take the Metro North Railroad to Stamford.
  • From Stamford Transportation Center, take the Harbor Point Trolley around Stamford to get to UConn.

From Newark, NJ: Take the Airtrain to Newark Liberty Airport Station, and from there take Amtrak to Stamford.

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

NYC Subway Map

Boston Subway Map

Metro North Railroad (New Haven Line travels from Grand Central Station to Stamford and New Haven Conn from NYC)

CT Rail Hartford Line (New Haven to Hartford to Springfield, MA)

Amtrak Railroad (to Stamford and Hartford, Conn from NYC and Boston)

Greyhound Bus Line (to Stamford, Hartford and UConn Storrs, Conn from NYC and Boston.)
Peterpan Bus Line (to Hartford and UConn Storrs, Conn from NYC and Boston)

On-Campus Move In Dates

Students who will live on-campus may only move in on certain dates.

Exchange Students, Storrs: Move in August 18th. More info.

Bachelor’s Students, Storrs: Move in August 17th. More info.

All students living on campus and arriving August 17th or 18th should refer to the UConn Transportation Early Arrival Information to learn more about transportation to and from your Check-In location at Charter Oak Apartments.

Graduate Students, Storrs: Official move-in date is August 24, but early arrivals may pay to move in earlier. More info.

UCAELI Students, Storrs: August 24th. (Summer UCAELI students who were conditional admits to Bachelors programs for fall can move out of their summer dorms and into their Fall dorms on August 16th).

Stamford campus students: Undergraduates living in the dorm can move in August 20th.

 

What to Expect at Storrs Campus During Summer (Up to August 23)

New international students should be aware that many services at UConn maintain reduced hours in summer, and will not be fully operational until classes begin. While international students may move in early to attend orientation, most new UConn students do not move in until Friday, August 23rd. CAMPUS WILL SEEM VERY QUIET UNTIL EVERYONE MOVES IN AND CLASSES BEGIN. RES LIFE STAFF WILL BE IN TRAINING DURING MOVE-IN WEEKEND, AND THERE MAY BE FEW OTHER STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS.

What to expect: UConn offices may close for staff training, and professors may or not be on campus . Your residential hall will be staffed with Resident Advisors, but your hall may seen very empty since most students will move in the following week.  Basic services on campus may run with limited service, or may not run at all (especially on Saturdays and Sundays).  The good news – this is all temporary! You can use this time to explore campus, catch up on sleep, visit Storrs downtown and participate in important and required orientation activities. You can practice doing laundry, and set up your side of your room. ISSS will be open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and we have a lounge where you can drink coffee, tea or hot water, watch t.v. or rest. Feel free to stop by and ask us any questions you have. 

 

UConn Dining Halls (with meal plan)

International undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at UConn will have a temporary meal card for orientation week, starting with dinner on Sunday, August 18th. They will receive their meal card at undergraduate Orientation check-in on Sunday, August 18 with all meals served in Putnam Dining Hall. For all other international students who need to purchase meals during Orientation week, South Dining Hall, located in Rome Commons, will be open through Friday August 23rd. Students can purchase meals at South Dining Hall.

 

On Campus Restaurants (no meal plan)

UConn dining locations maintain various hours during the summer for students who do not have a meal plan. During move in weekend (August 17th and 18th) no on-campus restaurants will be open, and students can get food from Storrs downtown. Monday through Friday, restaurants in the Student Union are open generally from 11 a.m. – 2:30 pm. Full summer hours can be viewed here.xlsx.

 

On-Campus Transportation

On campus transportation is limited during the summer. Until August 23rd, a Husky Go shuttle will operate on campus Monday-Friday. Saturdays and Sundays, including move-in weekend (August 17th-18th), no campus shuttles run.

 

UConn Library

Until August 23rd, the library will be open Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 9 pm, Friday: 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm.

 

UConn Bookstore

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am – 8 pm (Wednesday until 8:30 pm). Friday: 7:30 – 6 pm. Saturday: 10 am  – 6 pm. Sunday: 11 am -5 pm. Please plan accordingly if you are picking up pre-ordered items from the Bookstore.

 

Mail Services

If you live on campus, the mail room in your dorm will not open until the start of the semester. Therefore you will not be able to receive mail until classes begin. Large packages are not delivered to the dormitory mail rooms, and instead need to be picked up  at University Mail Services (UMS). UMS is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 -4:00 pm. UMS will be open during orientation week for large package pick-up, but not on the weekend.  Do not mail anything to yourself that you will need to access during move-in weekend. 

 

Late Arrivals

If your flight is delayed and you are unable to check-in to your housing during designated check-in times, we recommend that you stay in a hotel near your airport and then arrange transportation to campus the next day. The Information desk at the airport can tell you which hotels are located at the airport, or nearby.

 

Temporary Places to Stay

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:

On Campus Hotel: Nathan Hale Inn

Accessible by bus:

Spring Hill Inn

Best Western Storrs

 

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.

 

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

Other Resources

 

Living Resources (Housing, Eating)

U.S. Culture and Environment

Money and Finances

Health and Wellness

Driver’s License

Social Security Number and ITIN

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.

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