Arriving at UNM
AIRPORT PICK-UP AND TEMPORARY HOUSING
1. UNM Student Activities (SAC)
UNM student groups will sometimes provide airport pick-up and/or temporary home-stays for new students. You can contact students from your home country through one of the country/culture group representatives on the UNM Student Activities (SAC) website at http://sac.unm.edu to see if this service is being offered by a group from your country. Please reference to see if there is a group from your country and take note of the contact information.
2. International Students, Inc. (ISI): Non-UNM Local Community Christian Organization
A non-UNM, community Christian volunteer organization called ISI, International Students, Inc., offers free airport pick-up and a temporary home-stay with a local family not to exceed 3 days.
ISI is a Christian Organization, but there is no obligation to participate in any religious activities*. If you are interested in airport pick-up or the home-stay opportunity offered by ISI please contact them at: ISIABQ@isionline.org. ISI Airport pick-up and home-stays for international students usually begin two weeks before the classes start. You must contact ISI at least two weeks in advance of your arrival for the best chance of getting a home-stay placement.
You can also choose to stay in a local hotel until you can move into the permanent housing. Be sure to ask if they have a UNM student discount.
NOTE: Please report to GEO if you feel any pressure from ISI volunteers to participate in religious activities.
SEMESTER AND YEAR-LONG HOUSING OPTIONS
1. LIVING ON-CAMPUS
You should think carefully about the kind of housing experience you want. There are advantages and disadvantages to living on campus or off campus that you should consider carefully before you decide. Please read the housing brochure for more information. Regardless of the permanent housing option you choose, you need to be prepared to pay for temporary housing when you first arrive (early move-in for on-campus residents, hotel, etc.)
To view UNM campus housing options, visit http://housing.unm.edu/ and sign up as soon as possible to have the best chance at getting your first choice after you are officially accepted.
You need to introduce yourself with 1) First and Last Name, 2) UNM Net ID (after accepted as exchange students), 3) Your student status at UNM (i.e. I am an exchange student who will be staying at UNM only in Fall/Spring 20XX.), 4) Semester enroll, and 5) Housing option you applied or are interested to apply. You can also contact students from your home country or department about a temporary home-stay.
On-campus housing rates and payments information:
Moving-in date and more FAQ:
2. LIVING OFF-CAMPUS
The ISI (see above) also offers transportation and resources to international students who are trying to find off-campus housing.