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Housing

You are strongly encouraged to live in campus housing where residence hall rooms are available. If you choose to live on campus you should submit:

  • International Student Housing Application. You will be required to make a housing deposit for the residence halls. A meal plan is required for on-campus living, and options are available for commuting students.
  • These fees are in addition to any tuition or academic fees assessed. The deposits should be enclosed with your application.

Note: During holidays the NEO campus will shut down and all dorms will be closed. Students will need to have alternate plans for these days/periods of time.

Transportation

Please be aware that NEO’s International Program does not furnish transportation to our campus in Miami, Oklahoma and will not be responsible for picking students up at the airport, bus terminal, etc. If you are a student-athlete, a coach or member of the athletic booster program may agree to transport you to campus, but this is by no means guaranteed. Please be sure to make prior arrangements for getting to Miami from your arrival point.

End of the Semester Departures — International Students should NOT purchase plane tickets with departure dates prior to the last day of their final exams; instructors will not allow students to reschedule exams for an earlier date/time in order to accommodate transportation plans that conflict with the published semester schedule. All students should plan to attend class throughout the entire semester, including final exam week.

The nearest domestic airport, Joplin Regional Airport (JLN), is 50 km from campus. The nearest international airport, Tulsa International Airport (TUL), is 140 km from campus.

Employment

You are allowed to work on-campus only, but not more than 20 hours per week. Without an EAD or special work permit, you are not allowed to work off-campus. Jobs cannot be guaranteed but can be acquired with persistence. Do not assume you will be given employment or expect to use supplementary any income for your tuition or room and board. Contact International Programs for further instructions on how to apply for a Social Security Card and obtain a Social Security Card Verification Form.

Students who wish to apply for OPT training (to work in an area directly related to their field of study) may apply with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service.


Living in Miami, Oklahoma

Weather

The weather in Miami is characterized by four distinct seasons. The temperature during the winter months can drop as low as -17 C and during the summer months temperatures can reach 41 C. Peggy’s Closet, NEO’s clothing bank, has warm winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves free to NEO students. You should be aware of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and/or tornados, especially in spring.

Shopping

There is a store in town called Wal-Mart. This store has groceries, linens, clothing, etc. Wal-Mart is 4 km from campus and is where most people do their shopping. You can also shop Walmart.com and get delivery service. Other popular stores are: Walgreens pharmacy, Harp’s grocery store and Chapter’s bookstore/coffee shop.

Prices

Prices change periodically; however, this will give students an idea of the cost of living.

Items  Price in US Dollars

  • Fast food meal           $10.00
  • Milk (1 gallon)            $5.00
  • Loaf of white bread   $3.00
  • Rice (1 pound)           $1.50
  • Eggs (12)        $3.50
  • Apples (1 pound)        $2.00
  • Bananas (1 pound)    $0.75
Cell Phones

There are several pre-paid options in which you just purchase minutes as you need them and are available at Wal-Mart in town.

Banking

Various banks are available in town; the most commonly used account types are checking accounts and saving accounts. Arvest Bank is a popular choice for international students as they do not require a Social Security Number.


Important numbers & websites

  • USA emergency police, fire department, or ambulance 911
  • Campus Police +1-918-540-6300
  • Integris Miami Hospital +1-918-542-6611
  • ComPsych +1-800-272-7255; enter NEO as organization ID
  • NEO Counselor +1-918-540-6229
  • NEO Housing Department +1-918-540-6301
  • NEO Business Office +1-918-540-6222
  • NEO Post Office +1-918-540-6232
  • U.S. State Department website
  • U.S Immigration Office website
  • World Education Service website
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