New International Students

Bank Accounts

Brunswick is home to a number of banks, both locally and nationally affiliated.  On campus there are two ATMs, one for Bank of America and one for Midcoast Federal Credit Union.  Representatives from both are available on arrival day for the first-year class.  You may need proof of your U.S. (campus) address, official letter of admission from Bowdoin, and personal identification among other documents in order to setup a savings or checking account.  Contact your bank of interest directly to find out what exactly is required to open a bank account.  Please note, a social security number is not a requirement to open a bank account in Brunswick.

Cell Phone Accounts

Nearly all students at Bowdoin rely on cell phones as their primary means of communication; however, residence hall telephones are also available for students for long distance accounts.  Some international students bring cell phones from home and use international calling plans, while others purchase U.S. cell phones and plans after arriving to campus.  Verizon and AT&T are among the two most common cell phone carriers on campus and have stores within a short driving distance from Bowdoin’s campus.

Depending on whether you desire a pay-as-you-go plan or a contracted plan, you may want to contact upperclass international students for advice.  Please contact Dean Khuong directly and he can help you connect to older students who are often the best resource for deciding on which cell phone plan is best for your needs.

Packing & Winter Clothingwinter

It’s very important to pack enough warm clothes as the weather can get very cold during Maine winters.  Essential items for every Bowdoin student in the winter include:

  • Thick, knit hat that covers your ears
  • Mittens or gloves, preferably those that are resistant to wetness
  • Thick, knit scarf
  • Warm, insulated winter jacket that will last you all four years and that is resistant to wetness
  • Snow boots or galoshes, with insulation and water resistant; preferably boots that go above the ankle
  • Several pairs of warm wool socks for especially wet and cold days

If you arrived unprepared for cold weather, the L.L. Bean Outlet store is a ten minute drive from campus, in Freeport.  Please contact Dean Khuong for financial need concerns in making winter clothing purchases

When packing to come to campus remember: less is better!  Many supplies such as toiletries, bed sheets, clothes hangers, laundry detergent, laundry bags, school supplies, etc. can be purchased fairly easily upon arrival and many students find it easier to find these items in Maine than carry them while traveling.  Within a five minute drive you can access a Target and Walmart, among other stores, which have many items you may need.  For additional tips on how to pack and what not to pack, head to the Orientation FAQ site.