International Student Campus Life
Most of you are currently living in our residence halls. There are limited housing options during your first two years here. Once you accumulate 60 hours, you may choose to live in OC’s apartment housing. You may also be eligible to live off campus, but some restrictions apply. If you wish to see what your housing options are, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Break Housing
The campus closes for winter break, but housing will remain open. If you choose to stay on campus during those three weeks, you must pay a fee of $25 a night. You will receive more information about this option and process in November.
In case you did not know, F-1 international students are not allowed to work off-campus. However, there are plenty of on-campus jobs for which you may apply. These jobs include working at the front desk in residence halls, serving in the Cafeteria or being a student worker for a department, as well as many other opportunities. If you are interested in getting a job, visit myOC and click the myServices link (or here).
Social Security Number
The only way to get a SSN is to get an on-campus job. After you are hired, you will need to stop by our office to get an employment letter. Then you will take that letter to your supervisor to fill out. Then you will return the letter to our office. You will need a social security number if you plan on getting paid from your job through a bank account, and some car dealerships also require one.
Many students play organized sports together on campus, including basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, flag football, soccer and others. To sign up, ask your International SGA representative.
Meals & Eagle Bucks
If you are living in campus housing, you must select a meal plan. You can choose how many meals you want to eat each semester in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is open seven days a week. You may also put “Eagle Bucks” on your ID card to use at Jimmy Johns, Sonic, OnCue or the campus Chic-Fil-A.
There are several clubs on campus with names from Greek letters (i.e. Kappa Sigma Tau) that are social service clubs. You must be a sophomore to join one of these clubs. They do lots of activities on campus and are a lot of fun! You will have a better American experience if you join a club.
Earn Your Wings
The week before school starts, you will partake in some special activities referred to as “Earn Your Wings.” This is NOT a typical week of American campus life. It will be very different than the rest of your semester. However, it is a very important week—you will meet many new students, domestic and international, and you will learn what it is like to be a college student in America. This program is required for all incoming freshmen and transfer students.
New Student Survey
In order to get to know you better, you will have the opportunity to take a survey during the first two weeks of school. The survey will allow you tell us about yourself, and also give you the chance to express interest in things like our host family program, on campus activities and off-campus trips. Also, you can give us feedback on your EYW experience, as well as the New Student Orientation. You will receive this survey by email and will have a chance to win some cool prizes by completing it, so please participate!
Once a week, the Office of International Programs will provide you with an opportunity to go grocery shopping. You will receive an email about the times and dates of these trips. You will also have the opportunity to partake in activities such as Kappa Float Trip, holiday trips and lots of campus events.
Everyone will miss home eventually, and that’s okay! If you are feeling lonely or really homesick, please talk to someone in the Office of International Programs or a close friend or teacher—we are here to help! Our goal is for you to have the best American educational and cultural experience possible.