Life in the U.S. and Rexburg, Idaho may be different compared to life in your home country. This page is to help you prepare for living in Rexburg and what to expect before beginning your studies. 

Housing

As an international student, you cannot live in U.S. government-subsidized housing. Please keep this in mind when looking for an apartment. All BYU-Idaho single students must live in approved housing. Housing information and listings of apartments can be found here. For married students, information about housing can be found here.

Additionally, you should not purchase housing contracts until you have received an I-20 and visa and know that you will be coming to the U.S. Many housing contracts are non-refundable beyond a certain date. You do not want to be stuck paying a contract for a semester you won’t be attending. 

Healthcare/Insurance

While you are a student at BYU-Idaho you are required to have health insurance. If you are planning on using health insurance other than the student health plan provided by BYU-Idaho, please be aware of the following:

  • Your insurance must have coverage in the U.S.
  • Because of school policy, it will also have to be approved by the Health Center at BYU-Idaho.
  • Your insurance cannot be subsidized by the U.S. government.
  • Different health insurance companies work with different doctors, specialists, offices, etc., you need to be aware of the providers in your network, so you aren’t overcharged for going to the wrong place (this may include being overcharged at the Health Center at BYU-Idaho). See the Health Center for more information on student health plans.

Spouse and Children

Your spouse/children can come to the U.S. with you while you are attending school. Your children can attend local schools, and your spouse can enroll at BYU-Idaho part-time. If you would like your spouse/children to come with you, you will need to make sure to include their information in your I-20 application (link to the application for I-20 page).

Cultural Adjustment

When you come to the U.S. you may go through things that you have never experienced before. See Cultural Adjustments for information that can be helpful while adjusting to life in the U.S.

Weather

Weather in Rexburg, Idaho can be a shock for many international students, especially during the winter months. Rexburg is windy almost year-round. Below you can find average temperatures throughout the year in Rexburg.

Month Average High/Low Temperature (˚F)
January 28˚/12˚
February 32˚/15˚
March 45˚/24˚
April 56˚/32˚
May 66˚/39˚
Jun 75˚/46˚
July 86˚/52˚
August 85˚/49˚
September 74˚/41˚
October 58˚/32˚
November 42˚/23˚
December 29˚/13˚

Download Weather Graphic

Rexburg goes through hot summer months and cold winter months. Prepare appropriate outerwear to protect from the weather. Some examples of appropriate clothing:

  • Heavy winter coat
  • Waterproof snow boots
  • Hat and gloves
  • Rain boots 
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Umbrella

You may not have these items available before coming to BYU-I but can prepare to purchase these when you begin school.

Orientation

Get Connected is an orientation for all new, incoming students. It is a two-day program to introduce new students to BYU-Idaho. All new students are strongly encouraged to attend. See to the Get Connected site for more information about Get Connected.

All new international students are expected to attend New Student Orientation which is provided by International Services. Here you will learn more about your non-immigrant status and requirements for maintaining your status while attending school. You will be contacted before orientation about the date, time, and place that it will be held. 

Banking

There are several banks and credit unions in Rexburg. Some banks and credit unions may require a social security number and/or driver’s license before an account can be opened. If you are planning on opening a bank account, you should check with the bank or credit union to find out their requirements for opening. 

Bank of Commerce
184 E 2 nd N
(208) 359-6088

Beehive Federal Credit Union
1087 Erikson Dr.
(208) 656-1000

East Idaho Credit Union
412 Grand Loop
(800) 727-9961

Idaho Central Credit Union
673 N 2 nd E
(208) 478-3300

KeyBank
110 E Main St.
(208) 356-5454

Mountain America Credit Union
18 N 2 nd E
(208) 356-3655

U.S. Bank Branch
77 E Main St.
(208) 356-3641

Wells Fargo Bank
39 E Main St.
(208) 356-4415

Zions Bank Rexburg
149 W Main St.
(208) 356-7688

Cell Phone Options

Cell phones and plans can be purchased in Rexburg if needed. Monthly plans can also be found at Walmart. 

AT&T Store
261 N 2 nd E

T-Mobile
1480 N 2 nd E #130

Verizon
505 N 2 nd St. E #203

Shopping: Grocery & Retail

Local Grocery Stores

Albertson’s
490 N 2 nd E
(208) 356-0555

Broulim’s Shopping Center
124 W Main St.
(208) 356-4651

Walmart Supercenter
1450 N 2 nd E
(208) 359-1969

 There is a free shuttle that can take students from different places around campus to Walmart and back. 

Local Clothing and Retail Stores

Deseret Book
180 W 2 nd S

Deseret Industries Thrift Store
611 N 2 nd E

Dollar Tree
125 Valley River
N Center St. Unit 3

Freeman Clothing Co.
160 W 2 nd S

Maurices
125 Valley River Dr.

Olive Ave
55 E Main St.

Potter & Co.
51 E Main St.

Real Deals
241 S 5 th W

Walgreens
164 E Main St.

Traveling Around Rexburg/Map of Campus

For information regarding travel and Rexburg please see the following:

Campus Maps
Tour of Campus
Local/Regional Transportation

Selective Service

The Selective Service System is an agency of the U.S. government that maintains information on people who are potentially subject to military recruitment. Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants from ages 18 to 25 are required to register with the Selective Service. If you are a male between 18 to 25 years of age, you may receive a notice from the Selective Service. As a nonimmigrant international student, you are not required to register with the Selective Service. If you receive a notice, you will need to respond with proof of your nonimmigrant status. Refer to the List of Acceptable Documents PDF for more information about what documents can be submitted for Selective Service.

Voting

You must be a U.S. citizen in order to vote in local, state, or federal elections.