First- and second-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus in residence halls.
All other undergraduates (including exchange students) can choose to live either on campus or off campus.
Emory does not provide housing for graduate or professional students or for international scholars, but you have a number of options off campus.
Over the summer, you will get on-campus housing information from the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
Dorm rooms start at $3,780 per semester, and they come with furniture, water, electricity, gas, cable TV, and wifi.
Typically, undergraduates live with a roommate.
When you first arrive in Atlanta, your department or school might be able to find temporary housing. Contact them directly for more info.
Emory has an off-campus housing finder to help you explore your options.
Campus Crossings at Briarcliff is an apartment complex designed for Emory graduate students, professional students, and international scholars.
There are also a number of other apartment complexes nearby:
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Housing costs vary greatly depending upon location, amenities, age of the building, etc. Generally, rent will range from $800 - $2000 per month.
Usually, the rent payment does not include utility costs like heating, air conditioning, or cable.
You'll need about $2,000 for your initial expenses, to cover household necessities and establish utilities like electricity, water, and natural gas.
Questions to ask
Before you sign a lease agreement, you might want to ask about:
- If you have to pay a security deposit, how much it will be, and whether you'll be refunded
- Which utilities are included (water, garbage collection, etc.)
- When rent is due each month
- Any restrictions on pets or guests
- Who will take care of maintenance and repairs
If you are renting an apartment off campus, you should ask which utilities are included. Sometimes apartment complexes will include water and garbage pickup in your rent payment. Usually, you'll need to contact utility companies to set up your service for electricity, cable and internet, natural gas, and so on.
Companies that don't require a social security number
- Electricity: Georgia Power will be your electricity provider. When you register for an online account, put 000-42-0038 as your social security number. Use your Emory email address.
- Gas: Not all apartments in the US use gas, so find out if you need it first. Gas South is one of your choices, and they don't require a social security number. You should email your immigration document (I-20, DS-2019, etc.) and your passport ID page to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know you are an Emory student, and include your phone number and local address.
- Water: Your water provider depends on the county you live in. The Dekalb County Department of Watershed Management will let you write "non-US citizen" in the space for social security number on their service application.
Most apartments in the US come unfurnished. They will have a stove and refrigerator, but you'll need to get your own bed, sofa, chairs, and other furniture, as well as smaller items like kitchen utensils.
You can either rent or buy furniture while you're here.
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