Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. How do I apply for a social security number?
  • 2. Can I get a job while studying at USD?
  • 3. How do I remove a “hold” from my USD account?
  • 4. Do I need to file a tax return if I am an international student?
  • 5. How do I apply for a driver’s license?
  • 6. Should I buy or rent a car?
  • 7. What should I do if I have an emergency?
  • 8. Do I need a new travel signature on my immigration document to travel?
  • 9. How do I apply for on-campus housing? What if I want to live off-campus?
  • 10. How do I change my address with OISS?
  • 11. What are the health insurance requirements for international students?
  • 12. How do I open a bank account?
  • 13. What are the public transportation options in San Diego?
  • 14. My family is visiting San Diego. Which hotels should I recommend?
  • 15. What is culture shock?
  • 16. Where can I find external immigration advising/resources?
  • 17. What is the Diversity or "Green Card" Lottery?