In addition to your UGA email address, you will probably want your own phone while in Athens. Although you can set up a landline in your apartment, a cell phone may be more convenient.
If you will be staying in Athens one year or less, a pre-paid phone is the best option because there is no contract to sign, and you can pay the bill online each month using your debit card. Many different plans are available depending on how much want to spend.
To purchase a pre-paid phone, visit the electronic section of a major retail store such as Walmart or Best Buy. If your stay in Athens will be longer, you can also sign a contract with a company such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. The store locations can be found via thewebsiteof yellowpages.
It’s critical to have insurance before going to a health care provider. If not, any clinics or hospitals may charge full price. Often payment is due at the time of services. Therefore, all international scholars must be covered by adequate health insurance. You must carry health insurance for yourself and your family members for the full duration of your program.
The University Health Center
The Center provides various physical and mental health services to students and other eligible members of the University community.
St. Mary’s Health Care System
A private, non-profit, acute care network serving a multi-county area of northeast Georgia. In addition to hospital and long term care facilities, St. Mary’s provides home health care and hospice services, community wellness programs, and more.
Athens Regional Medical Center
A health care facility serves 17 counties in the northeast Georgia area and offers an array of specialized medical, surgical & diagnostic procedures.
Other Hospitals and Clinics
You will find information on hospitals and clinics located in Athens.
If you are interested in having your children attend school while you are here, visit the Clarke County School District website for information on school registration for grades kindergarten to 12.
University Childcare Center
University Childcare Center serves children of UGA faculty, staff and students as well as families of the Athens community. Children ages 6 weeks through 4 years are accepted. The facility is conveniently located in a newly renovated 12,000-square foot facility on UGA’s Health Sciences Campus. The center operates on the most stringent standards of national accrediting childcare associations with regard to child-to-teacher ratios, classroom sizes and teacher training.
Public and Private Childcare and Preschools
Quality Care for Children provides a searchable database of child care providers, afterschool programs, and summer camps. Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine provides a family resource guide with information on various childcare facilities and preschools.
UGA Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE)
The Division provides a wide range of services to help students achieve academic success.
DAE offers tutoring in many different subject areas. The Academic Resource Center supports students seeking assistance with chemistry, mathematics, reading, writing, ESL, and counseling.