First of all Congratulations on being accepted, because believe it or not there are those that are denied.
The very first thing you need to know is that there is FREE (Included in your tuition) transportation to every campus (POLY, TEMPE, DPC, WEST). That transportation is called the Intercampus shuttle. These buses pass every half an hour. If you need more information regarding the shuttle schedule and where their stops are I would go to the Parking and Transit Office and kindly ask for a schedule (They should have one).
More information on the following website
They also sell a U-Pass which is a pass for public transportation. The public transportation includes the Lightrail. I would highly recommend getting this if you do not have a car and plan on making trips outside campus. Paying for this U-pass is considerably cheaper in the long run if you use it enough. Local transportation (1-way) is 2.00 now…so do the math.
I understand that being a college student means that you are most likely broke. There is ALWAYS something going on at ASU and believe me there will be FREE food. Go meet people and have fun- that is part of having the college experience.
Now, regarding food, Make sure you pay attention to the plan you have. Sometimes a student will have the 7 meals a week plan and they think that they can accumulate these meals…NEWSFLASH- you cant. Hence the “7 meals a week”. You can accumulate them for the week and maybe eat 3 times a day for 2 days, but starting the next week, your meal balance will once again be 7 meals. Also, check to see if you have guest passes, Sometimes the student will have guest passes and not know it. Ask the lady sliding your card at the register for more information if you do not know what you have.
Also, there is Tutoring Services that you can use. They are free (again, probably paid for the service along with tuition) so please take advantage of those services. Along with tutoring, there is also a Writing Center when they will proof read, and give you valuable input.
Now, I am sure you have heard of the famous “Freshmen 15” and ASU has a gym on every campus that is available for students to use. All you need to do is have a suncard (STUDENT ID) https://cfo.asu.edu/cardservices-suncard and go to the CORRECT GYM that goes along with your campus. The gyms are well equipped.
Get involved, if you do not want to join clubs, then join a sport. There are always competitions and sports game going on, just go to your local (SCHOOL) gym and find out about groups. They should have a schedule of the games for the month, so you will have plenty of time to organize your time.
***If you are having trouble finding friends, then join a school club that interest you. TRUST ME, you will meet friends.***
Printing at school is 12¢ a page (black & white)
50¢ for a color page
Scanning is 2¢ per page/side
. If you want to print you MUST put a minimum of $20 in your suncard *NO EXCEPTION*
Do not go to the suncard office nor to the library asking them to put money in you card because they literally cant. (Believe me, I know)
If you do not want or have a suncard then you can print as a guest,
At Tempe they do accept cash (PrintU in the basement at the MU).
At DPC (Downtown Phoenix Campus) cash is NOT accepted, you will have to go online and put $20 in your suncard so you can print.
UNLESS you are a Cronkite Journalism student, then you can print classroom related materials for FREE. (I wasn’t a Cronkite student…hint hint)
Please if there is anything else you have questions about let me know and I will do my best to answer it.
* I will keep posting more information when I think of more things I wish I knew my first year*