Most apartment complexes will have a list of contact numbers for all utility services such as electricity, phone, cable TV, internet etc. Please keep in mind that you will probably have to pay a deposit in order to connect most utility services. Although you may be asked to provide a Social Security Number, it is not required.
There is a branch of the Wells Fargo Bank located on campus. They offer special student accounts that do not charge a monthly service fee. When you open your account, you will apply for a debit card. This card will arrive at your home residence a few days after you open your account. When you establish your account, you will need to have all of your immigration documentation with you (passport, visa, I-94 card and I-20 or DS-2019). A Social Security number is not required to open an account with Wells Fargo.
There is a full service post office located on the campus of WFU that is operated by the University in Poteat Residence Hall. Contact the Wake Forest Post Office at (336) 758-5281 or for more details.
There are several shopping venues located within a relatively short distance from the Reynolda campus. The stores listed here sell everything to get your life started in the U.S.
Wal-Mart (320 E. Hanes Mill Road)
This is the Wal-Mart located closest to the WFU campus. By car, it is about a ten-minute drive. In addition to Wal-Mart, there are a variety of other stores located in the shopping center. Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer in the U.S., and it sells just about everything that the university student needs to get started in a new residence. On average, Wal-Mart is one of the lowest cost retailers in the country.
Target (5420 University Parkway)
Target is the second largest department store chain in the U.S. It carries a wide assortment of home goods, electronics, and clothing. Unlike Wal-Mart, it does not carry fresh meat, produce and vegetables, and its grocery selection is rather limited. On average, its prices are are little higher than those that you would expect to find at Wal-Mart. This particular store, however, is located much closer to campus.
Food Lion (7760 N. Point Blvd.)
This is the closest grocery store to WFU. It offers a full line of meats, produce, and other assorted grocery items. It is about a 15-minute walk from campus.
Lowes Food (2890 Reynolda Road: Reynolda Manor Shopping Center)
This is another full-service grocery store located close to campus.