Most apartment complexes will have a list of contact numbers for all utility services such as electricity, phone, cable TV, 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 necessary in order to receive service. The only companies that are unyielding in terms of requiring a Social Security number are the wireless/mobile phone providers.
Fortunately, there is a branch of the Wachovia Bank located on the campus of WFU. They offer special student accounts that do not charge a monthly service fee. Since it is so convenient, almost all international students end up banking with Wachovia. When you open your account, you will apply for an automatic teller machine (ATM)/debit card. This card will arrive at your home residence a few days after opening your account. Although it can be used just like a credit card, keep in mind that it does not carry with it a line of credit. When you establish your account, you will need to have your passport with you. A Social Security number is not necessary in order to open an account with Wachovia. It usually takes about 30 minutes to complete all necessary paper work. As a foreign national, you will be required to complete a special form that provides additional information about funding sources, etc.
There is a full service post office located on the campus of WFU that is operated by a United Parcel Service franchise. In addition to all of the regular mailing services, the UPS Store offers other amenities such as overnight shipping, color copying, packing services and supplies, etc.
Unfortunately, there are no major shopping centers located within the immediate vicinity of WFU. There are, however, several shopping venues located within a relatively short distance from the campus. The stores listed here sell everything needed to get you started with life in the U.S. Keep in mind that this list offers only a small sampling of shopping opportunities available in the city of Winston-Salem.
(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 this 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.
(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 Grocery
(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.
(2890 Reynolda Road: Reynolda Manor Shopping Center)
This is another full-service grocery store located close to campus.
(2837 Fairlawn Drive: Across from Reynolda Manor Shopping Center)
An Indian restaurant that has a small grocery store attached that sells all of the basic Indian lentils, grains, oils, spices, and vegetables