Life in Atlanta
Exchange students have a chance to note housing preferences on the online application—shared or individual bedroom. While we cannot guarantee that you will get the exact accommodation type you request, we have excellent results in getting students into the type of accommodation they prefer.
As per exchange agreements with your home university, exchange students must accept this housing offer unless they have formal permission for exemption from both the home and host university.
Emory University has beautiful, amazing, award-winning residence halls. Be sure to visit them during your exchange. Living in them, however, is not an option for our exchange students. Places are reserved for regular degree-students and, with very few and quite rare exceptions, there are no places for exchange students.
Do not worry! BBA International Programs does secure housing for all incoming exchange students. Exchange students live in the beautiful, amazing Highland Lake apartments, located within walking distance of Emory’s campus. This apartment complex is home to many Emory students, and all BBA international exchange students each semester. It is owned and operated by a private company unaffiliated with Emory University. Prior students recommend Highland Lake almost without exception, citing spacious accommodations, proximity to Emory facilities, living with other Emory students, and a helpful staff as the highlights.
Neither Goizueta Business School nor Emory University receives any financial compensation for housing students at Highland Lake apartments. We simply to ensure clean, attractive, furnished, move-in ready apartments for all exchange students within walking distance to Emory, with student-friendly billing and rental term practices.
International 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 by getting a buddy 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):
Public transportation in Atlanta: http://www.itsmarta.com/ or http://maps.google.com
Shuttles of Emory: http://transportation.emory.edu/
Bike share program: http://bike.emory.edu/ride/bike-share/
Woodruff PE Center: http://www.wpec.emory.edu/
Clairmont Student Activity & Academic Center http://www.emory.edu/HOUSING/CLAIRMONT/saac.html
Campus map: http://map.emory.edu/
Lists of clubs and activities: http://osls.emory.edu/
Campus restaurants: http://www.emory.edu/dining/index.php
Transloc Emory Cliff Shuttles: http://emory.transloc.com/info/mobile
MARTA Atlanta Public Transportation: http://www.itsmarta.com/developers/app-station.aspx
Uber private Taxi Cab (look for coupon for first ride): https://www.uber.com/go
Checker Cab (404-351-1111): http://www.atlantacheckercab.com/
Emory Mobile: http://www.emory.edu/mobile/
iTunes U: http://it.emory.edu/itunesu/
Emory VPN: http://it.emory.edu/security/vpn.html
Groupon (discounts on food and activities): http://www.groupon.com/
Scoutmob (discounts on food and retail): http://scoutmob.com/
Yelp (restaurant and event reviews): http://www.yelp.com/yelpmobile
Around Me: http://www.aroundmeapp.com/
U.S. & Goizueta Resources
Culture and Travel Resources
The following cultural adjustment and travel resources are designed to help international exchange students transition into U.S. culture and life.
- Getting Used to U.S. Idiosyncrasies
- Ensuring Campus Safety
- International Student Support Group
- U.S. Travel Information
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 over the 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).
The name of Emory's shuttle service is "Cliff," a nickname for Clifton Road, the main road that travels through the center of the Emory campus. Cliff buses come in a variety of models and types, but they will always bear the "Cliff" 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.