Incoming International Students
Housing & Personal Needs
While LBCC does not have on-campus housing at this time, there are resources available on our Housing Information page.
If you would like to live with an American family, consider contacting USA Homestays, a local Albany/Corvallis organization that matches American host families with international students and visiting scholars. For more information, contact Jordan at JordanH@UsaHomestays.org or visit usahomestays.org.
As an LBCC student you can ride the Linn-Benton Loop bus between Corvallis and Albany at no cost.
If you plan to drive your own car, check into LBCC’s Parking Rules. Parking on campus is free. If you do plan to drive, it is a good idea to register your car through the Public Safety Office in RCH 119.
You must obtain an Oregon Driver's License to drive while studying at LBCC. You will need to take a written test as well as a driving test in order to get your license. As rules in Oregon differ from other states within the U.S. as well as countries around the world, we advise you to learn about safe driving in Oregon through the DMV website. You can also learn about what to expect when you visit the DMV by checking out this SAVE Fact Sheet.
Food & Dining
As you become familiar with Albany and Corvallis, you can find many restaurants and cafés through sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp. Or, you can cook your own food by visiting a local grocery store in your neighborhood. We advise students to find the places they like that fit within their personal budgets. If you need recommendations and support, stop by the International Programs office to meet with an advisor or international peer ambassador.
Opening a checking account here in the U.S. will make it easier for you to manage payments and get cash when you need it. As you work to open the account, make sure to ask questions. For example, do you have a monthly fee for the account? Learn more about how to open a U.S. bank account.
You may want to invest in a local cell phone while you're studying in the States. Cell phone carrier prices and coverage vary; you may want to check with friends or other international students to see which providers they like. Some of the primary carriers in the region include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. You may also want to connect with your peers through free apps including WeChat, WhatsApp, or Viber. And don't forget to download our LBLive app to connect with other students!