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During Your Stay

Housing & other information related to your stay in the U.S.


On-Campus Housing

Eastern Florida State College offers a student housing option on the Melbourne Campus. Two fully air conditioned, 96-bed facilities are divided into furnished suites with four individual bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, a shared full kitchen and a common living room.

Students accepted into on-campus housing will be asked to sign a contract for one full academic year, which means two major terms (i.e. fall and spring), plus one summer term, in any consecutive order.

Visit EFSC's Student Housing web section for detailed information on amenities, housing costs and the application process.

Off-Campus Housing

If you are going to live off-campus, you should plan on arriving in Brevard County at least a week before classes start in order to find suitable living accommodations and to make the necessary rental and transportation arrangements.

You may find information using internet-based apartment or rental search engines.

Options include:

• Rooms in private residences

• Apartments/townhomes/condominiums which can be rented by yourself or shared by multiple students depending on the lease options of the apartment complex.

It is reasonable to expect off-campus housing to cost between $250 to $800 per month, depending on the number of people sharing the expenses, which include monthly rent and utilities (water, phone, electricity, gas, trash, cable, etc.).

A security deposit (usually one month's rent) is also required for most off-campus housing. Utility companies (phone, electricity, etc.) may require deposits in advance as well.

To rent an apartment, it is customary to sign a lease. A lease is a binding contract, and is required for a fixed period, typically 12 months. Leases obligate you to pay rent for the term of the lease even if you move out of the apartment. Please read and understand the lease before you sign it.

Climate and Clothing

Brevard County's climate averages around 72 degrees a year. Dress on campus is informal, usually jeans and shirts.
Suggested items to pack:

  • Clothes including trousers, shirts, shorts, coat, sweaters
  • 1 formal outfit or national clothing
  • Language dictionary
  • Basic kitchen utensils
  • Basic linens/bedding (light blanket, sheets)
  • Photos of family and personal items from home
  • Doctor's prescriptions (in English, if possible) and current medications, extra pair of glasses
  • International driver's license (if you have one)
Student Travel

Official Arrival Date - You must arrive in the United States at least by the date indicated on your Form I-20. You may arrive in the United States as early as 30 days prior to the official date indicated on your I-20.

Traveling to the U.S.
Travel Tips:
We want your trip to Brevard County to be safe and pleasant. For this reason, please observe the following travel tips:

  • Reconfirm your flight at least three days before leaving the country.
  • To reduce jetlag, drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids on the plane and get some rest.
  • Carry your money, passport, immigration documents, and important documents with you on the plane. Do not pack these items in your luggage. Never have a large amount of cash. on you, but do arrive with at least $1,500 in available funds on a bank card to cover initial expenses such as taxi, bus fare, meals, first rent installment, books and supplies. Bank checks may take too long to clear.
  • If you need help, ask an airport employee.
  • Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Be cooperative, patient and courteous when waiting in travel lines.

Entering the U.S.-What to do at the U.S. Port of Entry
Be ready to present your passport, visa, your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) and supporting documentation. You will be given a Form I-94 to complete either before your arrival or upon arrival in the United States. The top portion of the form I-94 will be kept by immigration, and the bottom portion will be stamped and returned to you. This portion should be stamped F-1 and the letters D/S should be written next to the stamp. Your Form I-20 should also be stamped. If the bottom portion of Form I-94 is not returned to you, or if a specific expiration date is instead of D/S, please ask the immigration inspector for clarification. Do not leave the immigration area at the port of entry unless your documents are in order; if there is a problem, it is much easier to take care of it before you leave the Immigration area. Keep your portion of the I-94 with your passport.

Guide to Local Resources

Brevard County is a wonderful area, with many websites offering information about the region. One of those is Everything Brevard, which lists local schools, hospitals, government information, and much more.


F-1 students are permitted to engage only in employment that has been authorized. Any unauthorized employment constitutes failure to maintain status. A student who is out of status is not eligible for F-1 benefits, including employment.

There are three categories of employment available to F-1 students at EFSC.

  1. On-campus employment
  2. Practical training (curricular and optional practical training)
  3. Employment authorized due to Severe Economic Hardship

On Campus Employment does not require USCIS approval. Employment must be on-campus and is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session. Students should contact the International Services Office on either the Melbourne or Cocoa campus to obtain authorization for on-campus employment.

Students interested in Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training need to meet with in International Student Advisor for more information.

nternational Student Services (ISS)
General Inquiries
New Student Admissions Inquiries

Hafeezah Begeyeva, Admissions Specialist

Current Student Advising

Aggie Dobrosielski, Student Advisor

To make appointments with your assigned advisor, log in to the myEFSC Portal and click the Navigate-Student Resources icon.

Office Hours by Campus

Cocoa: Building 11, Second Floor
Monday-Thursday, 8 AM – 5:30 PM

Melbourne: Building 1, 122
Monday-Thursday, 8 AM – 5:30 PM

Palm Bay & Titusville
Call 321-433-7516 for appointment

Forms and documents for international students at Eastern Florida State College are archived below in alphabetical order. In some cases, more information about the process related to the form may be found on a separate web page in this section. You can also contact International Student Services with questions about any form.

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