What Do I Need to Bring?


Since you will be unable to apply for a social security card until 48 – 72 hours after you have registered with SEVIS, it is suggested that you bring the equivalent of $1,000 USD with you. This will help to cover rent, food, transportation, and other necessities until you receive the receipt from the Social Security Administration saying you have applied for a social security card. If you are coming in May, you might need a pair of long pants, a sweater, and a light jacket as nighttime temperatures can get as low as 40 F. For more information on applying for a social security card, please see the page “Social Security”.

Apps that may make your life easier when you arrive are: AnyStop, Trail Finder, and the Weather Channel.


How Do I Get to Cape Cod?

Many students come to Cape Cod by flying into JFK Airport in New York City. Since the airfare is cheaper than flying into Logan Airport in Boston. it seems like JFK would be a better option. However, there are hidden costs. You will need money for the tram ride, money for the subway, and money for a bus. The buses either run north to the Mass. Pike, to Boston, and then to Cape Cod or they run through Connecticut and Rhode Island to Cape Cod. In the north route, you may run into rush hour traffic in Boston. In the south route, the buses will pass through several cities in Connecticut and Rhode Island that may be experiencing congested traffic. The LAST bus to leave the Hyannis Transportation Center for other towns on Cape Cod is 6:30 PM. If you are not staying in Hyannis and you miss the last bus, you will need to find a hotel.
The best way to get to Cape Cod is to fly into Logan Airport in Boston. You can find a Plymouth and Brockton Bus or a Peter Pan Bus right outside Terminal E. Please make sure to time your flight to get to Boston 2 – 3 hours before the last bus leaves the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority at 6:30 PM.

The last local bus leaves the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority in Hyannis at 6:30 PM. In the spring, the local buses do not run on Sundays.

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Facts About Cape Cod


  1. There are NO cities on Cape Cod!
  2. Cape Cod is 65 miles long.
  3. The following towns are in Cape Cod: Bourne, Sagamore, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Chatham, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
  4. Rents are higher in Falmouth, Osterville, Chatham, and Provincetown.
  5. Hyannis is a village of Barnstable.
  6. The population in the winter is about 200,000. In the summer, the population increases to 500,000.