Living in the U.S.

Navigating life in a different country can be difficult, see the guides, tips and FAQs below for help!

PNW Resources

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1. Explore Housing

Our Hammond campus offers apartment-style housing with private bedrooms for you and your 750 new best friends. You can walk everywhere — you’ll be steps from our fitness center and less than a mile from every building on campus.

2. See What to Eat

The Pride Cafe and Leo’s Market are available throughout the semester. Whether you want to sit down, grab and go or just need a snack, you’ll have plenty of items to choose from!

3. Get Involved

With over 60 student organizations, intramural sports and an inclusive and welcoming campus community, PNW students have plenty of ways to get involved, make new friends and create lasting college memories.

4. Inclusivity and Welcoming in Action

At PNW, you will find space to be your truest self. We offer a culture of inclusivity, equitable treatment and welcoming opportunities for all.

Valli Nagraj Devendra
PNW campus fosters a strong sense of unity, offering numerous opportunities for students. Whether one’s interest lies in robots, arts, intramural sports, or academic clubs, there is something for everyone.

Valli Nagraj Devendra, ‘24, Computer Information Technology

Do You Have a Question or Concern?

Your questions and concerns matter to us. Ask anything you’d like, as a prospective PNW international student, and we’ll respond in a video sent directly to you and shared on our website.

Submit a Question

Additional PNW Resources

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Student Health Insurance

PNW is pleased to offer health insurance options to students through UnitedHealthcare Student Resources. All international undergraduate students should be covered by insurance upon arrival to the United States.


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Center for Healthy Living

The Center for Healthy Living at Purdue Northwest is an on-site health and wellness clinic for PNW faculty, staff and students!

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Public Safety

A safe environment is our top priority. The PNW Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide security for our campuses.

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Dean of Students

The Dean of Student office is your go-to resource for addressing student needs and offering guidance on PNW policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

To open a bank account at Chase Bank, you need to bring your:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I20
  • Money to open the account (min. $25)
  • Student ID

Make sure to tell them that you are an international student at PNW!

Chase Bank

(219) 845-0176

2734 169th St.
Hammond, IN 46323

You can also visit other banks or branches to open an account. Call the bank before visiting to find out what documentation is needed.