New Student FAQ

Frequently asked questions for new students have been organized into subtopics. Click on a question to reveal the answer.

Live

What is the bus schedule? What is the cost of riding the bus? What is the difference between the UGA bus and city bus?

The UGA bus schedule differs based on location and semester. Specific times and routes can be found at Campus Transit. The cost of riding the bus is covered through student fees. You can also download the UGA App for bus information.

Your UGAcard allows you to ride The Bus (Athens Transit) for free. City bus routes are operated on a different schedule and generally observe federal holidays. Additionally, some routes are not serviced when UGA is not in session. Specific information can be found at Athens Transit.

How do I get a Georgia driver’s license?

If you need to transfer an out of state license to Georgia or obtain a new license, Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) maintains a “New to Georgia” website that lists instructions on requirements for obtaining a Georgia driver’s license. The Athens Customer Service Center is located at 505 Highway 29 North. Their phone number is 706-542-9928.

What services does the University Health Center provide? Where is it located? When is it open?

The University Health Center provides a variety of medical and counseling services, including urgent care, a dental clinic, physical therapy, and an allergy clinic, in addition to other medical services. Students are also assigned to a primary care provider on a medical team to ensure each patient can return to the same group of clinicians for their continuity of care. Log into the UHC Portal with your MyID to find out your PCP or to schedule an appointment online.
Where can I learn more about Athens and the surrounding community?

The UGA libraries have collected a vast amount of online resources about Athens for UGA students. The links provide information about Athens’ history, culture, local entertainment, surrounding environment, and public services.
How do I find a place to live?

UGA Family & Graduate Housing has a 578 unfurnished apartment units available each year to rent. If you would prefer to live off campus or unable to secure an apartment through them, consider using online classifieds, such as the Athens Banner-Herald or Flagpole, to identify potential properties or property management companies.
How do I set up utilities after I find a place to live?

If the property you rent does not include utilities and you need to set up new accounts, the following links may be useful.

Georgia Public Service Commission (Natural Gas)

Work

What is required for an assistantship? How do I go about getting one? How much do assistantships pay?

Assistantships require a graduate student to work anywhere from 13-20 hours per week, depending on semester and type of assignment. Applications for assistantships are made to your graduate coordinator’s office in the spring semester to begin work in the following fall semester. Assistantships carry a tuition waiver, reducing tuition to $25/semester. However, all activity fees and health insurance must be paid for by students. Assistantships also provide a monthly stipend. Assistantships vary by department, assignment, type of work, and award. For more information, consult your academic department or the Graduate School Financial Assistance page.
Is my stipend taxed?

Depending upon the type of financial award you receive, you may have to pay state and/or federal tax. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office. International students should also contact the International Student Life Office for details regarding their annual tax sessions. Additionally, the State of Georgia maintains a Tax Guide for Georgia Citizens.
How do I find student employment on campus?

DAWGLink is the University of Georgia Career Center’s online job/internship posting and campus recruiting system. It contains listings posted by prospective employers both on- and off-campus. A student employment fair is held every semester at the Tate Center for students seeking part time jobs both on and off campus.

Study

What library resources are available? Where are they? What are the hours?

The University of Georgia Libraries include three principal facilities on the UGA campus in Athens: the Main Library, the Science Library, and the Miller Learning Center. The Libraries also has primary responsibility for a number of smaller on-campus libraries, reading rooms, and materials centers, and collaborates with several UGA research facilities throughout the state.
What is the MLC? Where is it located? What is the difference between the MLC and the Library?

MLC stands for Miller Learning Center and it is located at the end of Baxter Street (next to the Tate Student Center). The MLC has a number of computers and group study rooms for students to use. There is also a more relaxed policy regarding food, drink, and noise at the MLC versus the library.
Does UGA offer reduced-price software for students?

Yes! SRS Personal Use Software is the way for students, faculty and staff to purchase affordable software for use on their personal computers. For a complete list of available software and current prices, log-on to SRS with your UGA myID.
How do I know what books are required for my courses?

At any time after you have completed registration, you may log in to ATHENA and use the bookstore link located at the bottom of the registration screen to load a list of required textbooks for your courses. For more information or more specific instructions, look for the Online Bookstore Information link on the ATHENA access page.

Play

Where can I buy tickets for UGA Athletic events?

Student Tickets are available on the UGA Athletics website. Full season ticket packages can be purchased for most sports. However, football tickets are allocated based on number of credit hours.
Where can I find student organizations? How do I join?

Student organizations are listed in CSO Database. Refer to specific organization websites for information on how to join.
Where can I find information about the international student community at UGA?

he International Student Life Office hosts several events and has a lot of information pertaining to international students. To learn more, visit ISL.
How can I join volunteer groups at UGA? What about off campus volunteering?

Volunteer UGA, located in the Center for Leadership and Service, is a great place to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Community Connection of Northeast Georgia connect individuals to volunteer opportunities in the local community through the HandsOn Northeast Georgia program.

Volunteer Match also provides a service that lets users search for organizations in the area that need help.

How do I join intramural teams? What sports programs are available year round?

Information regarding intramural sports can be found on the Recreational Sports website. Many sports are offered ranging from indoor soccer to flag football to racquetball. Each sport has its own specific season.
Where can I workout?

The Fitness and Wellness Center is located in the Ramsey Center on the south side of campus. The center has a wide range of equipment available and offers a variety of classes and wellness assessments. Personal trainers and weight rooms are also located in the Ramsey Center.