Life in Denton
We are delighted that you are interested in studying with us here in Denton! Studying in another country is one of the most exciting and rewarding opportunities available to you as part of your academic career. Your time at UNT will be not only a journey of new worlds and cultures, but also a journey of self-exploration and self-discovery. The time you spend abroad will help define who you are as an individual, and we want to ensure that you get the most out of your experience during your time in Denton.
In order to make this happen, it's important for you to consider all the factors and logistics that studying abroad can entail, as well as the physical and emotional aspects involved. Planning your study abroad is a thrilling experience as you look forward to future endeavors; however, it is important that you are prepared. Please take a moment and carefully review the travel and safety details we have provided to help you along the way, as well as information on what to do once you get here:
- Estimated Annual Personal Expenses
- Preparing a Budget
- Planning for Meals at UNT
- Planning your Wardrobe
- Sending Mail/Packages/Luggage
- Travel Around the U.S. During Your Breaks
- Working in Texas During Your Stay
- Safety in the U.S. and Denton
- UNT estimates that an exchange student should expect to spend at least $1500 for personal expenses and $1200 for books, study materials and supplies during an exchange year of two semesters at UNT.
- Additional funds will be required to travel around the United States during vacation periods. Students are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week (at approximately $7-8 per hour) on campus during the exchange period.
- For students paying their accommodations directly at UNT, we recommend at least $1000 in U.S. dollar traveler's checks, as they can be replaced if lost or stolen and can be used immediately upon arrival to pay for housing, food, and personal expenses. The remainder of funds should be brought in a bank draft or check payable to yourself. This bank draft can be deposited when opening a bank account in Denton.
- Note that funds cannot be withdrawn from a new account made with a bank draft for two to four weeks.
- You will be able to choose a savings or checking account and get an ATM (automated teller machine) withdrawal card. The Wells Fargo Bank of Denton has a branch in the Student Union Building.
- Living on campus requires you to purchase a meal plan, as room and board are consolidated on one contract. You may select a 5-day (Monday-Friday) or 7-day (Monday-Sunday dinner) meal plan. The only exception is at College Inn, where most rooms are self-catering. Cafeterias are located in Bruce, Clark, Kerr, Maple (Vegan), Victory, and West Halls. Vegetarian fare is available in Bruce Cafeteria.
- Having paid for a meal plan, you may choose from any of the cafeterias on campus and may have all you care to eat at each meal.
- Plan on wearing very light clothing upon arrival in Texas during August. The summer daily temperature is usually between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (35-38 Celsius)! Most students wear shorts, t-shirts, sandals, and sunglasses during the hot days. Good walking shoes are a must as you will walk a lot on campus.
- The autumn months are warm, but cooler in October and November. December through March is colder and you will need warm clothing (sweaters, coats, etc.).
- It warms up again in the spring months, reaching the 80s and 90s by May.
- After you rent a post office box, you can receive mail in your own name. For delivery of large packages or luggage you wish to ship in advance, use our street address. Students usually carry all the luggage they need and buy items here as needed.
- Absolutely you should plan on it! Texas is centrally located in the United States, so students often travel to the East or West coasts (or both) during their stay at UNT. Students frequently enjoy Spring Break on the Texas Riviera at Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Some students even return home during the holidays. Students often stay with roommates or friends over holidays as well. Note that most dorms will close during the holiday breaks. If a student wishes to stay on-campus during the holiday breaks, an extra fee can be paid to have a room.
- You are permitted to work on the UNT campus during your stay at UNT.
- Working off campus is forbidden by the U.S. Government!
- Campus jobs include office and cafeteria work; sometimes even a bit of tutoring! Office jobs typically require typing which you can learn here at UNT during your stay! Interested students should visit the Student Employment Office in the Student Union during Orientation Week.
- Campus jobs pay about $7.25 per hour, and you are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week.
Studying abroad can be a fun and safe experience, but it is important to realize that you are subject to the laws and customs of another country.
Although most trips abroad are trouble free, being prepared will help one avoid the possibility of serious trouble. Become familiar with the basic laws and customs of the United States before you travel. Remember: Reckless behavior while in the United States can do more than ruin your experience, it can land you in jail! To have a safe trip, avoid risky behavior and plan ahead.
In addition to the information we make available to you in our on-line system after admittance, it is critical that you arrive in Denton to attend our Orientation. Attendance at this mandatory event will ensure you have information on the U.S., UNT, and Denton--all to keep you safe, as well as aid in your transition to our campus.