Info For International Students at Uncommon


Welcome to Raleigh!

Moving to another country to study abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences of a student’s lifetime. NC State, in particular, is known widely as one of the best schools for international students to spend their study abroad experience! When you move to Raleigh from another country, there are a few things we recommend you know. Find some answers to questions frequently asked by international students below. Have another question? Give our leasing office a call and a friendly team member will be more than happy to help.

How do you get to Uncommon from the airport?

Getting from Raleigh Durham International Airport to Uncommon is a breeze. There is a shuttle service that takes students from the airport to campus called the Wolfline. Interested in a more private ride? There are always taxicabs at the airport that you can take, or you can opt to take a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft.

Where do you go to get US currency?

Usually, international students will exchange their currency at the airport. This is usually the easiest and quickest way to get US Dollars. However, you may also visit one of the many banks in town. There is a Wells Fargo Uncommonly close to your new apartment in Raleigh where you can go to exchange your currency.

Where can you open a US bank account in Raleigh?

While you’re in the US, you might want to consider getting a United States bank account. Dealing with international banks can sometimes be difficult, so getting a US bank account will make your life a little easier while you’re stateside. See some of the banks we’d recommend in our neighborhood below:

Where do you go to get a US cell phone plan in Raleigh?

You’ll also probably want to consider getting a US cell phone plan while you’re studying abroad in Raleigh. International phone plans are often expensive and don’t necessarily get the best reception. Most international students get a plan with a US company while they are here. See some of the options we’d recommend below:

Where do you go to shop for household items in Raleigh?

The apartments at Uncommon are fully-furnished so that when you arrive, you won’t have to do any heavy lifting. However, for all the finishing touches you’ll need to make your apartment entirely your own, you’ll want to head to one of the stores below:

Where do you go for food in Raleigh?

Raleigh is known around the world for its amazing barbecue, and you’ll find a ton of restaurants lining Hillsborough Street with BBQ options, Italian food, Asian cuisine, and American classics. Feel like making dinner at home? There are plenty of grocery store options within reach including the Fertile Ground Co Op, Whole Foods, Target, and The Fresh Market.

What do you do for fun in Raleigh?

You won’t have to leave Uncommon’s grounds to have more fun than you could possibly imagine. With the amenities like our sky lounge, pool with cabanas, grilling areas, hammock garden, basketball half court, and resident clubhouse, there’s always plenty to do. However, if you’re itching to explore Raleigh, you might find some fun NC State activities right outside your door. Check out the links below to see what campus has to offer:

Where do you go for health care in Raleigh?

In case of an emergency in the United States, you can always dial 911. Generally, though, students of NC State use NC State University Student Health Services for their healthcare needs. Options for healthcare at Student Health Services include an emergency room & urgent care facility, clinic, and pharmacy.

How do you qualify for an apartment?

Qualifying for an Uncommon apartment as an international student is easy! All we ask you to provide before signing your lease with us is:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of I-20
  • Last Month’s Rent
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