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Airport Pickup

Most Indian students associations in universities across the U.S. typically make arrangements for airport pickup for new students, including temporary accommodation. To extend these help, these groups usually require incoming International Students to fill out a form that includes flight details, expected time and date of arrival, and other important student/travel data.

List of key information that you must have with you:

1) Name of person who will receive you at the airport.
2) Contact details (landline/mobile phone number) of that person.
3) Contact details (landline/mobile phone number) of a backup person.
4) Complete address of your temporary accommodation.

When you get cleared by the U.S. Customs and exit from the baggage section, you have to wait for your contact at the arrival area. Some students might hold a board bearing your university’s name, but some might not. However, it is always easier for the person coming to receive you to have some means to identify you.

What if no one comes to receive you?

There are some instances when the person assigned to fetch you couldn’t make it on time to pick you up. You must NOT PANIC. Patiently wait for 1-2 hours, traffic and other prior commitments might have held them up. However, if no one still turns up, that’s the time for you to phone them.

How to call them

1) Airports in the U.S. usually have public pay phones, find one and make a call. You will need $1 or $0.25 coins to make a call.
2) Look for someone who has a cell phone, briefly explain your situation, and politely ask him/her if you could make a quick call. Usually, you might be able to find some Indians at the airport. When there’s none, ask anyone who has a cell phone.

If that option doesn’t work out, walk out and get a cab and give the address to a cab driver and he will take you there.

Worst Case Scenario:

If you don’t have the address or phone number of your temporary accommodation, and if you arrive during day time, take a cab and ask the driver to take you to the International Office (address: I-20), and ask for help.

If you arrive during night time, hail a cab and ask the driver to take you to a nearby hotel and spend the night there. Take another cab to the university the next day.

So when no one picks you up at the airport, or when arrangements get delayed or don’t happen as scheduled, the important thing to remember is DON’T PANIC. The thing is, these could be the best experiences you will remember for the rest of the life. How can you forget the person who came to pick you up when you first came to America? The first apartment where you stayed. Your very first drive in American roads…In other words, just ENJOY your first experiences on American soil. In fact, I sometimes talk about those “first experiences” until today. I can still vividly remember these: “It was a rainy afternoon on Dec. 30 in the Dallas airport…”

I really appreciate some comments that you’ll share if you like the posts in my blog. That would give me an idea on what topics to write about. Just click on the comment link below this post and pen down your thoughts.


  1. Dilip on March 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Really very nice explanation.
    Thanks for your effort to write this article.

  2. Hari Veturi on August 9, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Rainy day when you set foot in USA huh? 😀 I love it 🙂

  3. Shaed on June 30, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Good job dude keep it up . May Allah Bless u and ur team. Me leaving for US nxt month i got very good tip on all areas from this site thanks a lot.

  4. vishnu on August 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM


    Really fascinated with the site!Keep up the good work!

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  5. anubandh on July 10, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    sir, earlier you posted few topics about canada and comparison of many things between USA and Canada, could you please give some more information about various issues in Canada.

  6. Ram Gonugunta on July 9, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Awesome n quite informative post dude…Keep posting these kind of posts..they mean alot for people lyk us who r hoping their future in d states of U.S .

  7. vinil on July 9, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Hii,, Thanks 4 such a pretty good post,,

    may b useful to many freshers paving their ways to US..

  8. Vikram Divakar on June 25, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Nice post mate. Cant I just take a cab or something? Isnt that warranted!

  9. Krishnendra on May 17, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Great job.Your posts will help lots of prospective MS students. When I read your posts it gives me a sort of eerie feeling, I can almost imagine being in that position. I can't wait to go to US. Keep up the good work

  10. krunal shimpi on April 16, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    what if you dont have anybody to pick you up, i mean, what if you dont know anybody in there,?
    how to go about it.?
    how to look for a room partner or a place to stay then

  11. dr khader on March 28, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    how to find the right place to stay for a short period of 4 months.And things that should be avoided during the stay in US.

  12. venkatram on February 19, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    great work dude…u r doing a marvelous job…this would help a lot of people who wish to pursue their studies in us…i would love to read more….

    continue ur gr8 work …

  13. Pompi Sharma on February 10, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    sir, please write something more about this topic….

  14. Harish on June 30, 2009 at 6:42 AM

    These blogs are indeed quite handy.. Would love to read more.. You could write about finding apartments and what would be the ideal number of ppl to live with..

    • FANAT1C on June 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

      ideal number of people to live with, is when u dont have to sleep with other men in the same bed, or they start using ur towel after a bath.

  15. Nipun on June 23, 2009 at 2:52 AM


    You are doing a great job here. This post is very meticulous and I would like to congratulate you on such an excellent blog. I just received an admit from Carnegie Mellon University. Please share some more experiences about your life in US. Also I would love to write to you personally. Please send me an email at [ email removed – admin]

  16. Amrith on November 20, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    dude, the job you are doin is really awesome….. plzz pen down more posts regarding the life in US and your first time encounters as the one which you mentioned in this post.

    Keep the Gr8 work goin dude….

  17. ~Nayan~ on October 7, 2007 at 7:20 AM


  18. Life on September 7, 2007 at 5:34 AM

    Thanks Alok for your compliments. I just sharing my experience. So, it help others. Let your friends know about this blog. I sent you an email.

  19. Alok Nk on September 7, 2007 at 3:24 AM

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    • aditya shah on April 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

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