Housing and Transportation
When you applied to the ERDT program, we required proof that you had someplace to live that was safe, affordable, and from which you could get safely to work (or, proof that you would be able to find acceptable housing on your own). This may be a motel room, an apartment or house that you found by yourself or via a rental agent, or housing from your employer, either onsite or offsite. Check your Housing Plan for details, and contact ERDT if you need a new copy of your Housing Plan.
If you arrive and find that your housing is unsafe, contact ERDT immediately.
If you decide to move during the program, remember the following:
- Often, your employer will require you to live in their housing as a condition of employment. Be sure to ask your employer if you can move.
- You may be required to stay in your housing for a certain period of time to receive your deposit back.
- You must complete a Housing Request within 1 week of moving, though we suggest you complete it before moving, in case ERDT cannot approve the housing.
- The maximum number people in a house or apartment is 3 per bedroom, unless there are special circumstances. A living room or dining room does not count as a bedroom. If you live with more people than this, it is illegal, and the police may become involved.
- Do pay a deposit or sign anything unless you understand the rental agreement fully. Contact ERDT if you need help understanding any paperwork before you sign it.
Cooking With No Kitchen Do you want to cook, but you don’t have a kitchen? No problem! Visit our Pinterest page - www.pinterest.com/erdtworktravel/cooking-with-no-kitchen/ (you’ll need to create a quick account) - for lots of ideas on how to cook with no kitchen!
Transportation When you applied to the ERDT program, we required proof that you could get safely to work from your housing, including at least one of the following options:
- Public transportation that is close, convenient and affordable;
- Walking a reasonable distance in a well-lit area, safe from traffic;
- Bicycling a reasonable distance in a well-lit area, safe from traffic;
Check your Housing Plan for details, and contact ERDT if you need a new copy of your Housing Plan.
Bike Safety Always wear a helmet when biking. Please carefully check the following
Bike Security Purchase a U lock (a hard metal lock). Bicycles are one of the most often stolen items for J1 students so keep your bike as safe as possible. If the seat comes off the bike easily, we recommend that you take it with you.
Purchasing a bike Some employers and communities offer a used bike sale where you can purchase a bicycle at a reduced cost. Ask your employer if this is available. If this is not available in your area, you can purchase a bicycle at Walmart for around $80. You may also wish to look on Craigslist to find a used bicycle - www.craigslist.org If you decide to use Craigslist, remember that you will be communicating with a stranger. Meet in a busy place (cafe, grocery store) where others are around. Do not display large amounts of cash. Do not send money over the internet.
Uber If public transportation is not available in your area, use the Uber Fare Estimator to figure out the cost of a ride: https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/
Never take risks with transportation. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, call ERDT’s emergency line and we will help.