Once you arrive, you will need to find a currency exchange at the airport. Here is a list of banks that will exchange your money for you.
• Bank of America: Will only exchange money for those who hold an account with them.
• Chase Bank: Will only exchange money for those who hold an account with them.
• Citibank: Will only exchange money for those who hold an account with them.
• IBC: Will only exchange Mexican Pesos and Euros.
You will want to create an account at one of San Marcos' local banks. This will allow you to transfer funds and access a checking account and debit card. You can create an account by providing the bank with two forms of ID. Valid forms of ID include:
• Credit card
• Driver’s license (U.S. or international)
• Your student ID.
*You shouldn't need a Social Security number to open an account.
If your country has reciprocity with the United States, you will most likely be able to drive a non-commercial vehicle for up to one year. To check reciprocity, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-424-2600. If you wish to obtain a Texas driver's license you must pass a vision, driving knowledge, and driving test. The Texas Driver's Handbook will assist you with the written examination and can be dowloaded here. For more information visit http://www.international.txstate.edu/current/information.html
Most dorms and apartments in San Marcos provide you with a washer and dryer. If your place of residency does not provide these services, there are a couple laundry mats in San Marcos. These facilities require quarters in order to use the machines:
1525 Aquarena Springs Dr # 3
San Marcos, TX 78666-7262
315 West Hutchison Street
San Marcos, TX 78666-4409
Most washing machines have three water temperature settings:
Most drying machines have three settings also:
An important part of life on campus is eating in the dining halls or food courts with your new friends. Texas State requires all on-campus residents (with the exception of Bobcat Village) purchase a meal plan. Chartwells, our on-campus food provider, offers affordable, healthy dining options to our students.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will deliver mail to your home. You can update your address information at http://www.usps.gov. You can mail letters and packages and purchase stamps at the San Marcos post office located at:
350 N Guadalupe; Suite 160, San Marcos
911 Highway 80 #911, San Marcos
651 Barnes Drive, Bldg 2, Ste 206, San Marcos
It may be cheaper to use Skype or a calling card purchased online or at a local store.
With a calling card you will be able to use any phone to make an international call. You can compare calling rates at CallingCard.com. Many stores sell international calling cards, including Wal–Mart, Dollar General and Target.
Check out this page on the Dean of Student's Website with a list of Places to Go and Things to Do around San Marcos!