BBA International Programs helps international exchange students to find accommodation during their stay at Goizueta Business School of Emory University. To find a solution that will be optimal for you, please take some time to explore the options below.
|On-Campus Dormitories||Off-Campus Private Accommodation|
|10 spaces available||
Many spaces available
Only shared bedrooms (2 single beds in 1 room)
Options for shared or own bedrooms
Cost ~$4400, paid in full at start of semester
Cost range: $3000-6000 per semester, paid monthly
Water, wifi, electricity, cable included
Water often included; electric, Wifi, cable not included
Apartment style with kitchen; fully furnished
Rooms, apartments, houses; often unfurnished
Oversight of guests, parties, activities from monitors
15 minutes walking or shuttle distance to campus
Varies by location but usually at least 25 minutes
Roommate may be assigned
You choose your roommates/flatmates
Neighbors will be Emory students
Neighbors may be students or “regular” people
Recently renovated, painted, and well-maintained
Quality varies widely and dramatically
BBA International Programs has 10 reserved spaces in the on-campus student dormitory Clairmont Tower for the approximately 50 exchange students we welcome each semester. All of these spaces feature shared bedrooms—two beds in one room, living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The cost for on-campus shared rooms is about $4400. The entire amount must be paid during the first week of classes; there are no exceptions to this requirement. This cost includes furniture, water, Wifi/WLAN, cable, and electricity. It does not include sheets/towels/pillows or kitchen utensils/pots/pans. You can request one of these on the GBS BBA exchange student on-line application. Assignments will be made by lottery. It will not be possible to change your room or your residence after you have accepted a room. The lease is binding for the entire duration of your exchange, and no refunds will be issues for early departure.
Off-campus private accommodation
Students who do not wish to live in on-campus dormitories or who do not receive an on-campus place will need to find private, off-campus accommodation. Short-term leases in housing close to Emory's campus are difficult to find and can be expensive. The student housing market is a fast paced environment with students competing for the most affordable and modern properties. The cost, location and standard of student accommodation can vary considerably, so decide your priorities before you start to look.
Check if the monthly rent includes utilities and wifi. If not, how do you sign up and pay for those services? Will you need to buy or rent furniture? Is there a security deposit? What are the payment options? If you share a room with one other person in a newer apartment with pool and gym, expect to pay about $750-1000 per month (inclusive of utilities and wifi). If you take your own room in a multi-room apartment, expect to pay about $1000-1500 per month (inclusive of utilities and wifi).
Considering the mismatch of MARTA, Atlanta’s public transport system (low frequency and insufficient coverage) with the student lifestyles (traveling mid-day and late at night), living close to Emory is an absolute must for exchange students. Living close to Emory will cost more. Your commute, however, will be shorter and you will spend less money and time on transportation. You may also want to be near a supermarket and restaurants. Be sure to factor in evening group meetings—very common at Goizueta—and campus events—part of why you chose the US for your exchange!
Is the area served by public transportation? The MARTA bus lines that serve Emory are 6 (Clifton Road), 19 (Clairmont Road), and 36 (North Decatur Road). There is no public transport rail service to Emory. http://www.itsmarta.com/
The university also operates a shuttle service with multiple lines that you may use free of charge. NOTE: service is often limited or non-existent after 7 pm and on weekends. http://transportation.emory.edu/shuttles/index.html
Is it close enough to walk? Atlanta is part of the US Piedmont, the remnant of several ancient mountain chains that have since been eroded away. Would you be comfortable walking up and down Atlanta’s numerous hills? Atlanta is hot and humid from late March through early October, with sometimes heavy rains.
Is it close enough to bicycle? Atlanta has very few bike-only traffic lanes. Are you confident to ride your bike on the roadway alongside vehicles? Used bicycle sales are uncommon in the US. Would you be willing to spend $150-$400 for a new bike? Are you strong enough to pedal up Atlanta’s numerous hills?
4. Safety and security
Would you feel safe walking to the property late at night? What is general condition of the property from the outside? Is there sufficient lighting outside the building? Are there any broken doors or windows? What do they have in the way of security at the building? How and where is trash and recycling collected? Do you notice any rodents or pests outside the building?
5. Lifestyle and features
Do you prefer to live alone or with friends? Are you willing to share a bedroom to save money? Where can you wash your clothes? Are cupboards and fixtures well-maintained? Is the property noisy? Is there a pool? Gym? Common room for parties? Is furniture included in the cost? What utilities are covered in the rental price?
Sources to find off-campus private accommodation
- Highland Lake, an apartment company within walking distance to Emory. HL is one of the few companies near Emory that consistently offers short-term leases to international students.
- Other apartment complexes near Emory at which you may be able to negotiate short-term leases: Clairmont Reserve, Emory Point, Gables Montclair, Presidents Park, Highland Square, and Post Briarcliff. All of these properties are also close to Emory shuttle lines and/or MARTA bus lines.
- A Facebook group for GBS BBA exchange students to seek roommates and share information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/937832549603221/
- Emory’s official off-campus housing website: https://offcampushousing.emory.edu/
- You may also search on your own using sources such as Airbnb.com, ApartmentFinder.com, Zillow.com, ProMove.com, or Rent.com.
Before signing a lease agreement, be sure that you are clear about any additional fees such as the application fee, commission, security deposit, Wifi/WLAN, utilities, trash, maintenance, et cetera. You will need to provide a copy of your passport and student visa to the landlord.
The information provided serves only as a guide. GBS BBA International Programs does not endorse or recommend any of the accommodation options and any agreement made is between the tenant and proprietor. Please read carefully the terms and conditions of your agreement with the proprietor. If you have any issues with the facility, you will need to address this with the proprietor.
Exchange students have a variety of dining options to choose from on campus and around Atlanta. They are NOT required to have a meal plan. On-Campus Dining Facilities.
Grocery Stores Close To Exchange Student Housing
Publix sells food items in addition to toiletries, kitchen items, hair dryers, and small electronics. By bus, travel south on 19 to intersection of Clairmont Road and North Decatur Road. Or, travel north on 19 to intersection of Clairmont Road and North Druid Hills Road. Continue on foot for 10 minutes walk to Toco Hills Shopping Center on North Druid Hills Road.
Kroger sells food items in addition to toiletries, kitchen items, hair dryers, and small electronics.By bus, travel north on 19 to intersection of Clairmont Road and North Druid Hills Road. Continue on foot for 10 minutes walk to Toco Hills Shopping Center on LaVista Road.
Rainbow Natural Foods: this small grocery store is known for organic and health foods. By bus, travel south on 19 to intersection of Clairmont Road and North Decatur Road.
Atlanta Restaurant Guides
There are several ways for international exchange students to get connected and involved at Goizueta, at Emory and in Atlanta. We encourage students to take full advantage of all the campus resources, student organizations, Emory traditions, and other opportunities to have an enriching experience in the U.S. and at Emory
Make instant friends with buddies from the Goizueta International Network (gIN).
With over 300 registered student organizations at Emory, including 20 organizations at Goizueta, it is easy to find the right one for you. There are organizations for every interest and focus, including: international/cultural, social, professional, recreational, special interests, sports, religious, service, and political.
Websites and Apps of Interest
BBA Portal (to schedule appointments with BBA International Programs, view career events, and links to Blackboard, OPUS, Eagle Ops, & more):
- Google Maps
- Emory Shuttles
- Bike share program
- Transloc Emory Cliff Shuttles
- MARTA Atlanta Public Transportation
- Uber private Taxi Cab (look for coupon for first ride)
- Checker Cab (404-351-1111)
- Woodruff PE Center
- Clairmont Student Activity & Academic Center
- Campus map
- Lists of clubs and activities
- Campus restaurants
- Emory Mobile
- iTunes U
- Emory VPN
Use the BBA Portal to find helpful information regarding career exploration, interview preparation, internship and job boards, company research, and career services programs such as networking receptions, etiquette dinners, and Career Prep Week. While individual counseling for exchange students is limited, exchange students are welcome to participate in most resources offered to large groups of students.
International exchange students will receive an official Emory email address during exchange orientation and will have access to the student computer labs throughout the semester. In addition, the Goizueta Information Technology team provides a variety of technical and computer support to students.
Goizueta Business Library
An experienced team of business librarians provides research consultations and training and email reference assistance to help the Goizueta Business School community make the most effective use of library resources.
Medical Care, Mobile Phones, Computers/WiFi, & Transportation
Medical Care & Emergencies
In case of a life-threatening emergency, call the Emory Police at +1 404 727 6111. They will respond far more quickly than the DeKalb County Police, who you would reach by calling the regular US emergency number of 911. Emory Police also has a student volunteer Emergency Medical Service, who will once more reach you far more quickly than the county ambulance.
All Emory students (exchange and regular, those on Emory's insurance plan and those with other plans) may go to the Student Health Service to see a doctor in the case of illness. There is no charge to simply see the doctor. Charges may apply if medicine or tests are prescribed; these costs would vary according to your insurance plan.
The Student Health Service is located at 1525 Clifton Road. Their telephone number is 404-727-7551. Choose option 1 to make an appointment. Or, you can take an appointment online.
If you have a serious emergency medical condition (bleeding that will not stop, a broken bone, severe illness in the middle of the night), you should visit the emergency room. Emory University Hospital does have an emergency room, located on Clifton Road beneath the sky bridge about 1 kilometer or 1/2 mile north of the Goizueta Business School.
Emergency medical care does require a payment, even for students with insurance coverage. Exchange students should use the emergency room only for genuine medical emergencies-matters of life and death-not for medical needs that could be handled on the next business day.
You can get help with transport to the Emory Emergency Room by calling the Emory Police at 404-727-6111. If you are away from the campus and have an emergency, call 911.
International students are often surprised to owe money after a doctor's visit or for a prescription drug, when they have already paid for the insurance cover. In the United States, health insurance usually reduces the costs a person must pay for health care, but does not eliminate them. Insurance coverage remains valid only as long as insurance premiums are paid, or until the policy expires (if a specific date is mentioned). Once purchased, the insurance company provides an insurance identification card as proof of coverage when seeking health care from a physician or hospital.
Co-payments are dollar amounts that the enrollee must pay toward certain services, such as office visits, mental health visits, and hospitalizations. The company will also provide written instructions for reporting and documenting medical expenses (known as filing a claim). The company will evaluate any claim that is filed, and then make the appropriate payment for coverage under the particular policy.
In most cases the company will pay the hospital or doctor directly. Most insurance policies require the buyer to cover part of the health expenses (called the deductible) before the company is obligated to pay anything. Insurance policies will place limits on how much they will pay for certain services, as well as how much they will pay for any single individual's expenses or for any specific illness or injury. Furthermore, they can limit how long they will pay for each illness or injury, and they can exclude coverage for certain conditions (for example, they can exclude any injury that occurs while engaged in certain kinds of work). Finally, insurance policies can specify certain physicians and hospitals that users may consult for treatment, which means that they must be treated only by those doctors or in those hospitals if they want insurance to cover the cost.
It is important for you to read your insurance policy very carefully in order to understand the limitations of the insurance coverage, as well as the financial obligations during the course of the policy year (co-payments and deductibles).
Students who accept the Emory Aetna Health Insurance can print a temporary id card by accessing Aetna's website; be sure you have your student ID number and birthdate. You can also contact Aetna by calling 1-877-261-8403, option #1 to request a permanent card.
Most exchange students pay for a pre-paid mobile telephone while studying at Goizueta. Recently utilized companies include Virgin Mobile, Metro PCS, Boost Mobile, and AT&T.
Many students also utilize internet telephone services such as Skype to communicate with family and friends at home.
Pay phones are not common in Atlanta.
It is recommended that exchange students bring laptop computers if they already have them. Please be sure to bring a power/voltage adapter from your home country, as it is quite expensive to purchase such items here.
Some recent exchange students have purchased laptop computers after arrival, paying all relevant taxes of course.
For students who do not have their own computers, there is a computer laboratory inside Goizueta Business School with more than 20 computer work stations. There are also computers inside the university library and other common buildings.
Wireless internet coverage is both free and very comprehensive at Emory and inside Goizueta Business School.
Owning and maintaining a car in the United States is costly. In addition to the car price, drivers must pay for car insurance, gasoline, maintenance, and parking fees. At Emory, student parking costs more than $600 for one year. Exchange students often use other transportation.
Driver's Licenses (and Social Security Numbers)
Emory Shuttle System
Emory operates shuttles during the business day to a variety of locations, including Decatur, a nearby town with business district and restaurants, several shopping malls, and Emory's Midtown Hospital. Emory shuttles are free to all Emory community members. For more information, please see here (http://transportation.emory.edu/transportation/cliff/index.html).
Emory buses come in a variety of models and types, but they will always bear the Emory name and will have the route name above the windshield.
One of Emory's shuttles connects to the Decatur MARTA rail station during weekday business hours.
MARTA: Atlanta's Public Transportation System
Atlanta has a network of buses and a two-line rail system.
A fare for a one-way trip costs $2.50, with no additional cost for transfers.
Fare is available either on a Breeze Card or Breeze ticket. A $0.50 surcharge will be added to the purchase of a new Breeze Ticket and $5 to the purchase of a Breeze Card. Each Breeze Card includes two free trips. Value may be added to the Breeze Card at any time at special machines in each rail station, using cash or a credit card.
The buses that directly serve Emory are #6 (which runs from the Edgewood-Candler Park Station to Lindbergh Station), #36 (from the Arts Center Station to Avondale Station), and #19 (from Decatur Station to Brookwood Station).
MARTA buses show advertisements on their sides, but they will always bear the "MARTA" name and will have the route number and name above the windshield.
Buses run most frequently between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30 am, and between 4 and 7 pm each night. Typical times between buses range from 20 to 60 minutes. There is no night bus service.
Bus stops are marked with a 2 meter metal pole with a sign with three horizontal color bands, or with a one meter concrete post labeled "Bus stop." Some bus stops also feature covered waiting areas, but most simply have a pole or post.
Trains run along a north-south route and an east-west route, and the two routes connect at Five Points Station, the hub of the system. Trains run every ten to twenty minutes, depending on the time of day and whether it is a weekday, weekend, or holiday. There is no night train service.
For more information, please visit the MARTA website (http://itsmarta.com/default.asp).
The charge for using a taxicab, called a fare, depends on the distance traveled and is registered on a meter mounted on the cab's dashboard.
Some taxicabs will accept major credit cards, but most will only take cash.
There are additional charges for each passenger and for large and heavy pieces of luggage, such as trunks. If your suitcases will fit in the cab's trunk, there is no additional charge.
Taxi drivers can be tipped for good service; usually a tip is 15% of the fare.
In Atlanta, taxis come in all colors, shapes, and sizes.
There are two ways to get a taxicab: hailing it on the street or telephoning for one. If you see a taxi on the street, you can hail it by raising your arm and yelling the word "taxi" to get the driver's attention. To call for a taxi, search the internet or see the "Taxicabs" section in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory for companies' phone numbers.
Renting/Hiring a Car
Rental agencies will request a valid driver's license and passport.
Students should consider purchasing the insurance coverage offered in the rental car contract unless they are certain that their own auto insurance covers rental cars.