Getting Settled

Utilities

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.

Read more about the Social Security Number

Shopping

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.

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. A free shuttle operates during the school year to this location on the weekends.

Read more about the free shuttle service, Ride the Wake for more information.

Lowes Grocery
(2890 Reynolda Road: Reynolda Manor Shopping Center)

This is a full-service grocery store located close to campus.

Banking

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.

Wells Fargo

Postal Services

There is a full service post office located on the campus of WFU that is operated by a United States Postal Service franchise. In addition to all of the regular mailing services, the USPS loacation offers other amenities such as overnight shipping, color copying, packing services and supplies, etc.