Planning Your Arrival/Getting Settled
The International Students and Programs Office holds an orientation session for all new international students each September. Topics covered include:
- immigration/visa regulations
- buying a car
- obtaining a driver’s license
- registration procedures
- employment regulations
- social security numbers
- setting up a bank account
You are asked to bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 arrival/departure record to this orientation session.
If, for some reason, you are unable to attend the initial orientation session, you should know that you are required to report to the International Students/Programs Office as soon as you arrive at CalArts. Bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 arrival/departure record at this time.
Arrival in the US and at CalArts
When you arrive in Los Angeles by air, you will be landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Taking a regular taxi from the airport is very expensive and is not recommended. Here are some more budget friendly transportation options:
- Flyaway Bus Service
The Flyaway bus stops every half-hour at most arrival platforms (lower level) at LAX, and is the least expensive option for reaching CalArts. The Flyaway bus will transport you to the Van Nuys Bus Terminal where you may take a taxi to CalArts.
- Prime Time Shuttle (800.733.8267)
This is a shared van service that will take you directly to CalArts with some possible stops along the way. This is a better option for those with heavier luggage.
If you are searching for local hotel accommodations, there are several hotels within 5 to 10 minutes of the CalArts campus.
We strongly recommend that all international students live on-campus for at least their first year at CalArts. Campus housing arrangements can be made by contacting the Housing Office.
For those considering off-campus housing options, important budgetary factors to consider include:
- monthly rental charges
- the cost of a car (limited availability of rental spaces within walking distance of CalArts)
- monthly utility bills (electricity, water, natural gas and telephone service)
- potential rental deposit
- requirements to sign a 1-year lease agreement
For more information, visit the off-campus housing page.