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Money & Banking

Determining what you need upon arrival to Potsdam, NY will depend on what your situation is. It is recommended that you change some money to U.S. dollars before you leave your country. Do not carry large amounts of cash currency – it is best to use traveler’s checks. Better yet – have a credit card that you can use internationally. Upon arrival, you can choose to open a bank account locally as there are a number to choose from.

To open a bank account…

As previously mentioned – it may be convenient to open an account locally during your time in Potsdam. To open an account you need proof of your identity – i.e. – your passport. You do not need a social security number to open a bank account. Representatives from local banks are often on campus at the start of each semester.

Some possible expenses –

  • Food & Transportation:  you may wish to travel before arriving to Clarkson or during breaks. Please also note that if you choose the meal plan at CU – there are times when this is not active during the semester (official breaks). However, there are alternate dining options on and off campus.
  • Utilities: living on campus will not encounter additional costs for utilities (electricity, gas, internet, etc) – however – living off campus you typically must account for these as additional costs.
  • Clothing:  The most important thing to remember is that Potsdam is located in the northern part of the U.S., and it gets very cold here in the winter. Since we can have large quantities of snow, you will need a good thick coat and snow boots. Most students have down or polyester padding filled jackets or coats, and of course, good gloves, scarves and woolen hats. Well clothed, you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Many of our students like to ski and pursue other outdoor activities. While clothing costs are not high in the U.S., they may seem so in comparison with the costs in your country; so you may want to come with a good supply of your favorite casual clothing. Student dress is generally casual. (The Lending Cupboard has many good, used clothing)
  • Furnishings: living on campus you are supplied with a bed – dresser – and – desk. Any additional items may need to be purchased or ‘borrowed’ during your stay at Clarkson University. It is likely that off campus living may require purchase of essentials if your apartment is not furnished.
    • NOTE – The Lending Cupboard is a dedicated source for all international students – visitors – and their families. This resource is run by The Clarkson Club and allows international students & visitors the ability to ‘borrow’ items during their time at CU. Items available can include: linens – dishes – small furniture – small appliances – clothing – etc. Once you are done ‘borrowing’ the item you simply return it to the Lending Cupboard for another student/visitor to use. The Cupboard takes donations as well!