International Student Guide to Housing and Accommodation

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A Complete Travel Guide for students going abroad

by saurabh
on January 10, 2018
Booking a flight:
The first and most important step is to know the city and surroundings of your university well and identify the nearest international airport to your university. You will be flying there.
In case the airport near your university is regional, you will have fly there again in a domestic flight from the nearest international airport. While making this choice, always inquire thoroughly whether going by road to your university from the international airport or taking a domestic flight to the nearest regional airport, which one is cheaper.
Always try having company by flying together along with your friends. This way you can be more confident and tension-free. In case you don’t have anyone you know going to the same destination, don’t worry, you can always make new friends in the airport.
There are many others like you. Try reaching out. By now you would have joined many social media groups of your universities. So you can always try reaching out people there and then book tickets together.
The next step is to plan your travel properly. You should have a rough estimate of the usual flying time and airport procedures for international passengers.
If you want to book your flight online, always try booking directly from the airlines website instead of the third party websites. This way your fares will be cheaper. While booking, always make sure that there is enough time between connecting flights of at least 2–3 hrs. This way you can be sure that although the first flight is late by an hour or so, you have enough time to check-in for the next.
Make sure that your connecting flight is of the same airline or an affiliated airline so that your check-in luggage is directly changed to the next airline without your interference. In case you don’t find Ala cheaper connecting flight in the same or affiliated airline options and want to go for an other airline, make sure that you have enough time to collect your baggage and then do the check-in procedure again.
Always check transit VISA requirements of countries where you board connecting flights. If you are travelling from India to USA, then transit VISA is probably not required. But if you are travelling from USA to India, you have to be careful. Check out the link to know the transit VISA requirement for different countries http://www.immihelp.com/visas/transit-visa-requirements.html
Always check baggage preferences while booking a flight. We need the one which provides a reasonable amount of baggage at moderate prices only.
Always check reviews and comments before booking an airline. Airlines with poor customer service leave you with a bad travel experience. You don’t want to upset your first travelling experience by making mistakes. Hence, always do as much search as you can and be confident with the choices you make.
Booking your Accommodation:
This is exactly why we are here. You are the digital generation. You do things in a click. So just go to our website AmberStudent (http://amberstudent.com) and register yourself.
Packing your luggage:
You are packing to go abroad and you wouldn’t probably return back home till a year at least. So in case you don’t have bigger and travel luggage bags, purchase some. Purchase separately for cabin luggage and check-in luggage. Make sure that your check-in luggage has security locking system and tags where you can write your name and address for emergencies.
You should always start packing by making a list. Write everything down and then make checklist of what all you need. Imagine yourself already abroad and think of all the things you will need.
Filter out the things which are the highest priority separately and pack them first. After packing them, then check how many more kgs are left. Then pack in the remaining things as per the baggage allowance limits of the respective airlines.
Always make sure that you carry important things which you’ll have use during the flight or in the airport along with you in the cabin luggage. Airlines provide allowance limits separately for check-in and cabin luggage.
Just in case, for emergency conditions, carry enough stuff for a day along with you in the cabin luggage like a pair of clothes to wear, towel, your tooth brush etc for those situations where your check-in luggage may have been lost by mistake until your airline gets it back for you.
Take all the important documents with you. You never know when something is required. Always keep the photocopies in your check-in baggage too. Your important documents should include: The original copy of I-20, original passport with valid F1 VISA stamping, the original form of I-94, Cash, important Demand Drafts, any other documents that US consulate gave you, your previous academic certificates, vaccination certificate, Letter of admission.
Always carry enough cash with you. You need some to make phone calls and rent trolleys at the airport. You might also need to buy some food at airports. Cash is necessary even for emergency situations, if you miss your flight and have to stay at a nearby hotel.
Always make arrangements for pick-up from the airport to your home before hand.
If possible, buy a calling card here itself before you leave. This way you save yourself a lot of time and work. You can also make use of the WiFi in the airports to call your parents via Skype. This way it is a lot cheaper. But always keep back-up. You don’t want to leave your parents worrying.

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