Life in the U.S. & at UD

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Explore the Region

With beaches, farms and cities within an hour drive and ski resorts and the country's financial and government capitals within a few hours' drive, Newark is ideally situated to explore the diversity of the United States.

With multiple bus, rental car and train options available, exploring the region is easy and fun. The UD Transportation website provides a lot of good, detailed information about local and regional transit options.

The English Language Institute's Where is Delaware? webpage provides some great basic information about your new home. Check the links in the Community Resources section on this page for more resources.

Life in the U.S. & at UD

Choose a button below to explore the many topics you'll need to know about for a successful stay at UD and in the United States.


Attending college in another country means that you are away from home and your support system. Know that there are many members of the University community here to help you. Learn about the many resources on campus that are available to support you.

Taking time to get familiar with the UD campus, including figuring out where your classes/lab/office are and how to use the shuttle bus are important. This Virtual TourCampus Map and Bus Route schedule will be helpful. If you are uncertain of where your classes or lab are located, how the campus bus system works, or need a paper UD campus map, ask your advisor or stop by the University Visitors Center, at 210 South College Avenue. Become familiar with all of your options so that you are comfortable getting around campus.

Find Spiritual and religious resources on campus



Living in Newark and the surrounding area means that you are a member of this community. Visit the City of Newark webpage for international residents and be sure to sign up for their newsletter, emergency alerts and event notifications to be informed of news updates, city events, recreational activities and more. You are also members of Greater Wilmington and Brandywine Valley and Delaware, so be sure to visit their websites for information to enhance your experience living in the U.S.

If you are bringing dependents to the U.S. with you, find information about supports available for them on the CGPS Families & Dependents webpage.



If you want to become more involved in the University and local community, take some time to get out of class or the lab and join some extracurricular activities.

There are always lots of campus activities happening, including movies, lectures, concerts, and special events. Find these on the Student Life Virtual Hub and the UD Events calendar. CGPS’ International Coffee Hour is a great first step to meeting other Blue Hens.

There are hundreds of groups to get involved with, related to your interests, culture, academics and more. Learn about the many organizations that exist, or start your own:

for undergraduate students 

for graduate students

CGPS offers opportunities to make friends and get connected throughout the year. Learn more on the CGPS Signature Programs webpage.

Whether you want to play or watch, there are many ways to get involved in sports and other recreational activities. Learn about UD Recreation, Club SportsIntramural SportsUD Athletics, and Delaware E-Sports.

Both the City of Newark and New Castle County have active Parks and Recreation Departments, with low cost and fun activities and events for everyone. Sign up for their mailing lists to stay up to date about what's happening in your community.


Main Street right next to the UD campus, features a variety of stores and restaurants. You will also find grocery stores, shopping malls, banks and more nearby.

Acme Market (Suburban Plaza)

Acme Market (College Square Shopping Center)

Food Lion (New London Road)

Newark Natural Foods Co-Op  (Newark Shopping Center on Main Street)

Apna Bazaar (Near Christiana Hospital)

Asia Supermarket (Kirkwood Highway)

Mi Ranchito Mexican Food Market (Chapel Street near Main Street)

Newark Farmer's Market (Kirkwood Highway)

Wang's Oriental Food Store (Market East Plaza on Main Street)

Zahara International Food Market (Newark Shopping Center on Main Street)

National 5 & 10 (Main Street)

Target (in Christiana Mall)

Walmart (Elkton, MD)

Christiana Mall (10/15 min. drive)

Christiana Fashion Center (next to Christiana Mall)

Concord Mall (20/30 min. drive)

Tanger Outlet Center (Lancaster, PA; Rehoboth, DE; both within 1hr/1.5 hrs drive)

PNC Bank is the University Of Delaware’s on-campus banking partner. PNC is available to help you manage your finances safely and efficiently while in the U.S. - in college and beyond. Virtual Wallet Student® provides a digital banking experience to keep your money organized, with simple, easy-to-use interactive tools designed just for students. For information, visit and

A PNC service center is located on campus in the Trabant University Center to help service all of your banking needs. PNC has two branches near campus: one inside the Trabant Student Center, and the other in the Newark Shopping Center. There are also four PNC ATMs on campus plus multiple ATMs at the branch. To locate an ATM use the ATM Locator.

Campus Branch

Trabant University Center
17 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19716
(302) 733-7241

Near Campus Branch

Newark Branch
201 Newark Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 733-7150

Cell Phone Providers

Verizon Wireless





Internet Providers

Xfinity (Comcast)



The state of Delaware is “tax-free,” meaning that it does not charge a sales tax on many items, including food and clothing.

Note that the above links are provided as a resource only and may not be all-inclusive. None of the companies listed are subsidiaries of the University of Delaware, and their inclusion on this page does not represent an endorsement by the University.


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