Airport Pick-Up and Temporary Housing
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 website at http://sac.unm.edu to see if this service is being offered by a group from your country. This website is taken down in June and July, so please reference it now to see if there is a group from your country and take note of the contact information.
Offered by ISI (Local Community Christian Organization – NOT UNM)
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. If you are interested, you must contact them in advance. This service is free. ISI is a Christian Organization, but there is no obligation to participate in any religious activities.
You must contact ISI at least one week in advance of your arrival for the best chance of getting a home-stay placement. Please report to GEO if you feel any pressure from ISI volunteers to participate in religious activities.
You can also choose to stay in a local hotel until you can move into permanent housing. Be sure to ask if they have a UNM student discount.
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 website to see if this service is being offered: http://sac.unm.edu
Contacting Students from your Country
There are many country/culture groups at UNM. Recognized student groups are represented on the UNM Student Activities website at: http://sac.unm.edu.
Unfortunately, this website is taken down near the beginning of the summer and then re-posted in August when organizations are re-chartered for the new academic year. Groups from previous years are listed below. You can try contacting these groups to reach students from your country before you arrive to find out more about UNM and students from your country/culture/religion on campus. However, please be aware that some student groups are not actively reading email during the summer months.
- African Students Association of UNM: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bangladeshi Student Association: email@example.com
Brazilian Club: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Students and Scholars Association: email@example.com
Indian Students Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Korean Student Association: email@example.com
Korea Club: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexican Student Association: email@example.com
Nepali Student Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saudi Student Association: email@example.com
*INCOMING STUDENT GUIDE IN ARABIC FOUND HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4-a-cyGjevzRlZfckt3LWwtSU0/edit?usp=sharing
Taiwanese Student Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your country is not represented here and you want to contact other students from your country, please email: email@example.com and we can ask your fellow countrymen if they can contact you.
How to Get to Campus
NOTE: Students should plan to come to campus and check-in with GEO as soon as they arrive in Albuquerque.
If you will not be picked up, taxis and Uber from the airport to UNM and to hotels near campus are relatively inexpensive (less than $20).
Bus #50 goes from the airport to the UNM campus in 10 minutes. Ask the bus driver to let you off at UNM (the intersection of Yale and Central Avenues.)
Websites like moovit.com can help you with public transportation in Albuquerque.
Students moving in to campus housing will need to get to the SRC Commons Building (Building #89 on the UNM Central Campus Map, enclosed; this map is also on the UNM website at (ppd.unm.edu/campus-maps.html). If you are moving in to campus housing, make sure you arrive during move-in hours (check housing.unm.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Registration for classes/Tuition/Fee payments
All degree-seeking international students have a GEO registration hold until they check in with the Global Education Office. Students may have holds from other departments as well. Once you have attended the GEO check-in session we will lift the GEO hold. All holds must be lifted to register for classes. So, you should come to a GEO check-in session as soon as you arrive. All students should meet with an academic advisor before deciding on classes and should be sure they are registering for classes at the Albuquerque/Main campus. All registration is done online by logging in to my.unm.edu with your UNM Net ID (see below) once your holds are l