Survival Tips

You've discovered the UCI Dance graduate student survival tips! By this point, you have tombé pas de bourrée'd through the audition and you are now ready to piqué arabesque through the door of life as a graduate student. This page collects tidbits of knowledge that will be especially useful for new students.

  • Registration

    You should receive and file a Statement of Legal Residence online before arriving on campus. If you have not received it, go to the Registrar's Office website and fill it out there. Failure to provide a Statement of Legal Residence form may result in a hold being placed on your registration.  During orientation week you register for your classes and pay your fees. Registering for classes at UCI is fairly simple, and is handled through WebReg internet registration online.

  • Orientation - Welcome Week

    Plan to arrive on campus no later than the first day of orientation, "Welcome Week" (one week before classes start). This is to allow enough time to take care of paperwork, attend orientation, and other matters which must be handled in person.

    When you first get to campus, check in with the Dance Office and let the staff know you are here. If you haven't already received your Welcome Week schedule, the staff in the dance office will have extra paper copies available.

    Down the hallway, past the front office, and around the bend, is the department kitchen. Graduate student mailboxes are on the far wall opposite the kitchen.  You should check it regularly for important information, events, and updates.

    Also in this room is a bulletin board with announcements. Although it takes a keen eye to spot them, this board sometimes contains information about workshops, funding opportunities, calls for papers, and performances sponsored by other departments and universities, plus useful notices.

    During Welcome Week you will have two important (and mandatory) meetings.  First, you will meet with Graduate Student Advisor, Professor Fisher and Dance Department Chair, Lisa Naugle.  This meeting will help you plan for the upcoming year.  There will also be a meeting for all Teaching Assistants and Associates.

  • Student ID

    You will need to obtain a Student ID Card as soon as possible after arriving on campus.  Student ID Cards are available at the Bookstore in the Student Center. There is no charge for your first ID, but if lost, there is a replacement fee.

  • International Students

    All new international students must check in with the International Student Center (IC) upon arrival. The IC also provides assistance and multicultural programs during your stay here at UCI.

  • UCI Housing

    Housing in Orange County is not cheap. As a student, your best bet is probably UCI Graduate Housing. There are several housing communities available for Graduate students who wish to live on campus, including Palo Verde & Verano Place, Campus Village, Vista del Campo & Vista del Campo Norte, and Puerta del Sol.  Rates and applications can be found on the UCI Graduate Housing webpage.

  • Off-Campus Housing

    Some students have found affordable housing in Irvine, as well as the surrounding cities of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, and Laguna Beach. If you are interested in living off-campus, there are a number of different ways to try to locate a place.

    You might start with the housing office which keeps a decent sized listing of apartments, houses and rooms in private homes for rent to students. They also keep listings of roommates wanted, roommates available and temporary housing. They publish Living Around UCI, a guide to local apartment communities that includes information about rental prices, local realtors, budgeting expenses, roommate selection, and tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities. You can also try the kiosks and bulletin boards on campus, rental agencies from the Yellow Pages, and the classified ads (the Orange County Register tends to have the most listings).

  • Campus Recreation

    The Anteater Recreational Center (ARC) is equipped with two different gymnasiums, an elevated running track, a rock-climbing wall, a fitness lab, and several activity rooms. Its Aquatics Plaza contains a 25 by 25 yard heated recreational lap pool and a 10,000 square foot weight and cardio room. Students can pursue their own fitness programs or participate in a full myriad of campus recreation programs. These programs include in-line skating, scuba, kickbox aerobics, Aikido, sailing and more.

  • Insurance

    UCI provides a mandatory University of California Student Health Insurance Plan for Graduates (UC SHIP for Graduates) for all registered graduate students and international students who pay full registration fees and attend the University of California, Irvine. The program includes medical, dental, and vision benefits year round with an option to waive out if you have other healthcare coverage which 1) GSHIP determines to meet UCI's minimum standards, and 2) that you can provide documentation that such coverage exists through a different provider. The costs of the program included as a part of your fees, with the exception of an annual deductible paid by you. Your insurance is in effect as of the first day of fall quarter, providing your fees have been paid and you are enrolled.

  • Getting Paid

    If you will be on a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate (TA), or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment, please be aware that YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR FIRST PAYCHECK UNTIL NOVEMBER 1st. This is due to the way the UC System works. The up side is that you're still getting paid for the 9-month appointment on 1 July of next year.  In order to get paid by November 1st, make sure you get your employment paperwork taken care of as soon as you get to UCI. Check in the Dance Office to get things rolling.

    Once you start getting paid, paychecks are available after 2pm on the first working day of the month. You will turn in your timesheet to the Dance Office in return for your check.

  • ZOTBill

    View your ZOTBill which indicates your amount of fees and the financial aid currently available to pay your fees.

  • Career Center

    Dance graduate students who wish to improve their interview skills and update resumes are encouraged to make use of the Career Center. Resources available include workshops on communication skills, interview practice sessions, and creating a professional curriculum vitae.

  • Parking

    Parking at UCI currently costs about $186 per quarter.  To obtain a parking permit you can purchase one the Transportation and Distribution Services webpage, or by visiting ther office on campus.

    If you are getting to campus by 'alternative' (non-car) means you are eligible for the Alternative Transportation Incentive Program. This is true even if you live in Verano Place or Palo Verde and walk across the park. In the past, the Alternative Transporation Incentive Program has offered up to $100 in free AT dollars that can be spent anywhere on campus. To receive incentives, you must register at the Parking Office. Check out the Transportation and Distribution Services website for a list of incentives.

  • Computer Access

    There are many computer labs on campus with both PC and Macintosh computers. UCI offers a free basic modem service to faculty, staff and students. It is meant to be used primarily for basic educational access to email and on-line resources.

  • Email

    UCI provides free email accounts to all students. When you receive your student ID number you will automatically be given an email account. University offices frequently use email to communicate information to students, so it is important to activate your UCInetID and check your email frequently.

  • Campus Recreation

    The Anteater Recreational Center (ARC) is equipped with two different gymnasiums, an elevated running track, a rock-climbing wall, a fitness lab, and several activity rooms. Its Aquatics Plaza contains a 25 by 25 yard heated recreational lap pool and a 10,000 square foot weight and cardio room. Students can pursue their own fitness programs or participate in a full myriad of campus recreation programs. These programs include in-line skating, scuba, kickbox aerobics, Aikido, sailing and more.

  • Stores

    The most convenient grocery store to campus is Albertson's, across Campus Drive from Verano. It is fairly large and also includes a pharmacy. In this same shopping area is a Starbucks and a cheap gas station.

    Trader Joe's is located across Campus Drive between Bridge and Berkeley in the University Town Center Shopping Area, for an interesting selection of foods. The UTC also has the Steelhead Brewery, Le Diplomat, Bistro, Diedrich's Coffee, Jack-in-the-box, Arriba (Mexican), Noodle house, Chinese and Pizza eateries, In-N-Out, Golden Spoon, card shops, and many more.

    IKEA is a short 10 minute drive. Take the 73N-405N exit Harbor. Ikea will be on your right, you won't miss it, big blue building.

    Fashion Island is a huge shopping mall within minutes of UCI. From Campus, turn left on MacArthur. Fashion Island will be on your right after a couple lights, before you get to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). If you hit PCH, go right and then take the Fashion Island entrance on your right.

    The big discount store in town is Target, at the corner of Culver and Barranca in Irvine.

  • Banks

    Wells FargoBank of AmericaChase, and the Schools First Federal Credit Union currently have ATMs in the Student Center. Wells Fargo and Schools First Federal Credit Union also have branches on campus in the Student Center.

  • Beaches

    Surf's up! You now go to school within a 15 minute drive of the beach. No excuses for not visiting the beach while you are here. Drive your car, (or hop in your fellow student's car), and take Jamboree all the way to the end. Hang ten, check out the surf report and don't wait until Spring quarter of your first year to make this trip. Watching the sunset melts away all stress and reflecting on the expansive ocean makes all things possible!

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