Housing for the Academic Year
New students have a choice whether they want to commute to Caldwell from the surrounding area, or live in College sponsored housing on-campus. There are a variety of factors to consider when making the choice of where to live: proximity to campus, costs, security, personal and family lifestyles, and transportation. However, OISS always suggests that new students choose to live on-campus for at least their first year if they do not have friends or family close enough to host them as a commuter. Both on-campus and off-campus housing can be difficult to obtain in the few days just before the beginning of the semester, so students should always plan ahead and have their living situation set-up before arriving at the College.
- The Caldwell College Residence Life website has information on on-campus housing
On-campus housing is limited and submitting your online housing application early should guarantee you a spot in the residence halls. On-campus housing choices include single and double rooms, situated in buildings designed for first-year, upper-classmen, or specialized 24-hour quiet populations. Married couples cannot be accommodated and children cannot be accommodated, as our halls are specifically designed for students only. All rooms are furnished only with desks, dressers, and beds. Students should plan to buy sheets, pillows, and all other dorm room accessories here in the United States. If you arrive and do not have time to purchase bedding, it will be provided to you upon request to the OISS or Residence Life staff on-campus. Prices for housing vary based on room and building type, and students are allowed to stay in the halls beginning on the weekend before classes begin in September until the weekend finals end in May. To be a summer resident on-campus, you must sign up at the Residence Life Office, and the fee for summer housing is estimated around $105 per week.
Applications for on-campus housing should be submitted well in advance of arrival at Caldwell. Completing an online application is the first step in the process, which is done through Caldwell’s Erezlife program HERE. One must sign a one-year housing agreement to obtain on-campus housing. Signing this agreement obligates the occupant to pay their housing bill for the full term of the lease unless he or she withdraws from Caldwell. More information and on-campus housing applications can be obtained from Residence Life.
Within the Caldwell area housing varies greatly in price, convenience, location, condition, and type of accommodation. In selecting off-campus housing, one must consider all these factors and be certain that the housing is secure. Prices in Caldwell and surrounding towns are expensive, and students should consider on-campus housing if they do not have family and friends already living in the area.
Sharing a house or apartment with other students or renting a room in a house are common ways of economizing on housing costs. Single rooms are sometimes furnished. Efficiency, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments include kitchen facilities but most often are not furnished. Tenants often assume responsibility for payment of all utilities (electricity, gas, phone) except water. Tenants must be prepared to pay three months of rent (security deposit, and first and last month’s rent) when they sign leases for off-campus housing. The payment must be made by check or money order, not credit card. By signing a lease agreement, the tenant is obligated to pay rent for the full term of the lease, regardless of his or her academic status at Caldwell. Off-campus lease agreements typically cover periods of one year.
Students can reach out to the Office of International Student Services with inquiries about off-campus housing, but should expect to spend additional time and effort in searching for roommates and rental apartments.
All you need to know about entering the US
We are looking forward to your arrival at Caldwell College and have prepared this information to help everything to go smoothly! If you follow the instructions we have outlined below, you should arrive without difficulty all ready to begin a successful educational career here!
If you have any questions, contact us.
- IMPORTANT! DO NOT come earlier than 30 days before your Form I-20’s program start date. You are not permitted to enter the U.S. earlier than that date. Arriving too early, you risk being denied entry or being charged a fee and admitted as a Visitor instead of a Student. Visitors are not allowed to study full time so this would be a problem for you.
- READ THE “IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS” enclosed. This information tells you all the dates that apply to your arrival.
- DO NOT COME LATER THAN THE PROGRAM START DATE ON YOUR FORM I-20 WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION. If think that you won’t be able to arrive by that date, contact us immediately. You must have permission from the International Student Services Office to arrive later than your Form I-20 says.
- DO NOT PACK YOUR IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS.
- TAKE OUR PHONE NUMBER IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: 973-618-3248
- READ THE ENCLOSED DIRECTONS FOR FILLING OUT YOUR FORM I-94 ARRIVAL DEPARTURE RECORD AND FOLLOW THEM CAREFULLY. When you are on the plane and getting ready to land in the U.S. you will be given a card to fill out for U.S. Immigration. This card has to be completed in a very specific way. Follow the instructions carefully.
- HAVE YOUR DOCUMENTS READY TO SHOW THE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) OFFICER. You will be asked to show your passport containing your F-1 Student visa, Form I-20, Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and proof of funding when you are going through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Inspection.
- BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU’RE COMING TO THE U.S. The CBP officer may ask you a few simple questions about the purpose of your stay in the U.S. Be prepared to tell him or her why you are coming to study at Caldwell College.
- CHECK THAT THE CBP OFFICER PROPERLY STAMPED YOUR DOCUMENTS. The CBP officer will look at your documents and stamp them and return them to you. It is important that this process is done properly, so check your documents before leaving the inspection area. If a mistake is not caught, you may have to return to the airport later to fix it!
The officer will stamp and notate your documents as follows:
- Stamp the date of your arrival opposite your F-1 Student visa.
- Stamp your Form I-20 with the date and note it “F-1 D/S”
- Stamp your Form I-94 card with the date and note it “F-1 D/S” and place it in your passport, opposite your F-1 visa. (If you are not required to have a visa to enter the U.S., the officer will attach the Form I-94 to your I-20 instead.)
- IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR FORM I-20, OR IT IS NOT PROPERLY SIGNED, YOU WILL BE ISSUED A FORM I-515A AND GIVEN 30 DAYS TO BE IN THE U.S. If for some reason you do not have your Form I-20 when you arrive, or if it was not properly signed, the CBP officer will give you a provisional entry of 30 days. You must bring the Form I-515A to the International Student Services Office as soon as you get to campus so we can help you extend your permission to be in the country.
- YOU MAY BE ASKED TO GO TO SECONDARY INSPECTIONS. If there are any questions about your documents, the CBP officer may ask you to go to secondary inspections. This is normal and no cause for concern.
- MAKE TWO SETS OF COPIES OF YOUR IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS. Copies of your immigration documents are important to safe-keep. The International Student Services Office also requires that you bring us a set so we can keep them safe and advise you in the future.
- REPORT TO THE COLLEGE AND THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE ON THE DATES INDICATED IN THE “IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.”
REMEMBER THAT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE IS YOUR OFFICE ON CAMPUS! WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU EVERY STEP OF YOUR ACADEMIC JOURNEY WITH ANY QUESTION, CONCERN, OR CHALLENGE YOU FACE! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!