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Surviving in La Jolla

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BANKING
Q:在美国怎样办银行卡?怎样申请信用卡?怎样把钱汇到美国?
A:刚来美国一般都是先申请Debit card,很多公司,比如Citi,BOA等等,申请时可以没有SSN – Social Security Number,Debit Card是不能透支的,一般都有Check和Saving两个帐户,Saving的利率高些,一般申请好后会给一些免费的空Check,用完后就要自己买了,还是比较贵的。有了SSN,积累了一定的信用记录就可以申请Credit Card了。钱有很多途径可以到美国,但是直接带到美国好像是有上限的吧,所以没有奖学金的同学们,汇款可能是必须的了,比如有了美国的帐户就可以直接汇美元过来,但是手续费还是比较高的(可能也是因银行而异吧),其他的还有西联汇款等等,没用过,所以不敢推荐。建行曾经有过一个乐当家理财卡,好像有几种是可以在美国的BOA的ATM机上取款而没有手续费的,但是每天,每月,每年都有上限,需要的同学可以咨询建行。
10Jun09: BOA will charge me US$34 for each transaction, for overdraft. 10 overdraft, means US$340 charges.

SECURITY
Jun09, from multiple mailing lists: “There have been a large increase of laptop thefts on campus in the last couple of weeks. Please make an extra effort to secure your portable devices as well as your offices when not there (even when stepping out for a minute or two).”
“As the economy tightens, the problem of thefts on campus will grow. UCSD is an attractive target – lots of people, lots of wealth (everyone seems to have a cell phone, iPod, and laptop) – and there are plenty of thieves out there with time on their hands.”

FOOD
Q: UCSD有中餐吗?在美国需要自己做饭吗?可以方便买到原料吗?锅和电饭煲需要自己带吗?San Diego中餐馆多吗?价格怎么样?
A: UCSD on-campus有一家所谓的中式快餐– Panda Express,一个已经被老生们妖魔化的地方,这家店的是基本美国化的中餐,说实话一些菜也还是可以的。另外校内还有一些泰国日本的餐馆,也还比较接近中国人的口味。如果有时间的话,自己做饭确实是个很好的选择,便宜且适合自己口味。其实很多东西都是很容易做的,如果实在不行煮点水饺,或者面都是不错的。原料很容易在大华(Ranch 99)买到,但是比较远,坐公交车需要倒车很麻烦,最好有同学朋友一起carpool,至于锅和电饭煲,我个人不推荐带了,太重了,占地方,而且美国找到deal不会贵很多。San Diego的中餐馆还是很多的,主要是在Convoy上面,离大华很近,CSSA的网站上面也有推荐,如果5-10个人,价格基本在$10-20(包含tip和tax)。
@~@ Visited Lucky Seafood, Target, and Ralphs (31 May)

TRANSPORT
http://www.ucsdbus.com (To track UCSD shuttle bus, now I obsessively use this like I used to check BBC weather forecast).
Cloud 9 Shuttle offers transportation between the San Diego airport to UCSD. The current rate is ~$23/way and there is an established stop at Eleanor Roosevelt College, UCSD. The cost of taxi transportation is approximately ~$40.00 each way.

WEATHER
San Diego位于美国加利福尼亚州南端,靠近墨西哥边界,西经117.2度,北纬32.8度, San Diego City有人口130万,是美国第六大城市;UCSD在La Jolla City,西班牙语的意思是”The Jewel City”,是风光和治安极好的一个地方, 属于地中海性气候,真正的冬暖夏凉,冬天最冷10度左右,夏天最热25-30度,非常舒适,除了冬天一般不大会下雨,但是夏天阳光非常的强,最好要做好防护措施防止晒伤。关于具体的气温网上很容易找,下边这个链接就可以:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CA/San_Diego.html
下面这个链接是La Jolla的平均气温:
http://wwwa.accuweather.com/forecast-normals-all.asp?traveler=1&zipcode=92037&metric=1

CLOTHES
Q: 要不要带厚衣服,需不需要带正装,美国买衣服贵不贵,牛仔裤之类的常用衣服大概多少钱?
A: 厚衣服在San Diego一般是用不到的,但是如果想到美国其他洲去玩 or to attend conferences,特别是北部的洲,就很可能用得到。对于正装,一般学生在加州是不太用的到。但是如果要找工作,面试时有些时候还是需要穿的正式些,特别是去东部面试一般都会用得到。衣服在美国可能没有想象的贵,特别是一些在国内价格比较高的品牌比如Nike,Levis,Guess等等在美国都相对比较便宜。而且有很多衣服经常会有Deal,有时候非常的划算,牛仔裤大致在30-50美金的比较多。如果找到Deal可能会更低。

SOCIAL
# http://sdcasa.ucsd.edu/

My friends from the church I went to in England sent me this:
We were wondering who San Diego was. He is San Diego of Alcala, a Franciscan lay brother who was born in Spain around 1400 and died in 1463. He was the doorkeeper at a friary in the Canary Islands and served the poor and was known for his holiness.
Thanks a lot for sharing the knowledge!

ACCOMMODATION
The info is from the http://forum.thegradcafe.com
Neighborhood:
Do not live in La Jolla. It is terribly rich, isolated, and hard to commute. The grad housing is ok in price, but you can get a much better deal if you are willing to drive a bit or shuttle to get to school. The neighborhoods I have lived in and recommend are:
South Park (15-20 mins to school). It is old with great prices, cute coffee shop, restaurants, bars, close to downtown, balboa park (museums, hiking trails), close to cheap grocery store.
North Park: Has a bit more “character,” a bit louder, but still charming with great housing prices, tons of bars, old shops, coffee, walkable events. Close to balboa park and hillcrest.
Hillcrest The gay neighborhood, filled with unique and fantastic restaurants, bars, bookstores, coffee, close to balboa park, near a UCSD shuttle service. Slightly more expensive than north or south park.
San Diego has lots to do, extremely moderate weather, and is a surfers dream town (too bad I am not a surfer). However, public transportation is nearly non-existent (I am suffering from this!), and the area ucsd is located in is rich, stuffy and rather isolated.

Another opinion:
There are several nice apartment complex within walking distance of UCSD. Since it’s 70 degrees all year and only rains 10 inches a year, the ability to walk to campus is worth a lot. I would argue that it’s worth paying a bit of a premium on rent (which you will) and being a bit isolated from restaurants and nightlife (which it is). You will be a pretty short bus ride to the nicest beach in town (La Jolla Shores). If you suspect that you’ll be spending your Friday nights in the library anyway, save yourself some trouble and live in La Jolla. However, if you’re the type of person who likes to go out a lot, I would second the Hillcrest recommendation.

Acknowledgments:
# My UCSD supervisor lab members (admin, mentor, and most importantly advisor)
# My roommate – a senior in undergraduate and a former colleague. The world is getting smaller.
# UCSD CSSA

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June 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Posted in experience, food, study, travel

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