Welcome to Fairfax!

Everything you need to be prepared to live and study in Fairfax.

On-Campus Housing

  • There are different types of rooms:(singles/doubles/triples/quads/ apartments).
  • There are three neighborhoods: Shenandoah, Rappahannock, Aquia. You will have a choice between traditional style (floor shares a bathroom: each gender has one) or suite style (2-4 rooms share a private bathroom).
  • The Global Center is the housing location for international students although it is not mandatory

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  • George Mason provides access to two types of public transportation: The Mason Shuttle and the CUE Bus.
  • The Mason Shuttle is a private GMU shuttle that takes students around campus, town, and to the other campuses.
  • The CUE bus is Fairfax city's bus system that GMU students can use for free with their Mason ID. This bus will take you to locations around the city of Fairfax
  • George Mason offers parking passes to students who have their own cars and wish to park on campus.
  • Traffic Hours on Route 123: 6:00 A.M.-8:00 A.M. (going to Fairfax), 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. (leaving Fairfax)

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  • There are 3 dining halls on campus students have access to with a meal plan: Ikes, Southside, and the Globe.
  • Meal Plans:

Independence Plans: Unlimited access to dining halls and one swipe per hour in Simply-to-Go.

Liberty Plans: Weekly number of dining hall swipes.

Patriot Plans: Purchase a fixed number of meals to be used at dining halls.

Freedom Plans: Dollar-for-dollar purchasing power in most locations on all three campuses.

There are many other restaurants on campus as well such as: Chipotle, Blaze Pizza, Panera, Subway, Panda Express, Wing Zone, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, Chick-fil-a, and more.

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Off-Campus Housing

  • When researching check for options that partner with GMU.

https://och.gmu.edu/ is a great resource for off campus housing research

  • Things to consider: Rent in Fairfax is expensive. Groups can split the rent and live together. On-campus will be the most affordable housing in the area.
  • Be aware of the commute to and from. Fairfax has heavy traffic in the morning and evening that can cause hours of delay. Ensure that you have enough time to park and walk to class.
  • The student contemporary services is designed for off-campus students to ensure they have resources and access to campus events.

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Cell Phone

  • It is relatively easy to get a phone plan in the US although it may be expensive. Cheaper options such as pre-paid sim cards which can be found on amazon or in stores such as: T-mobile, walmart, verizon, etc.

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Money/Bank Account

  • Unlike Korea when you purchase things in the United States there will be taxes. Be prepared to pay a dollar or more than the listed price.
  • At restaurants you are expected to tip at least 20%.
  • Fairfax is pretty expensive compared to Korea and other cities, make sure you have a solid budget.
  • Citibank is a bank that operates in Korea and Fairfax. There are other banks in Fairfax such as BB&T and Wells Fargo.

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Amazon Prime Account

  • Students should register for a student Amazon Prime account to purchase things at a cheaper price.
  • Amazon prime usually arrives within two days after ordering. Students will have a mailbox to receive all mail.
  • It is recommended that students get as much as they can from Amazon.
  • Amazon offers a student Prime membership for $6.49 a month. Students receive a 6 month free trial.
  • With Amazon prime students can use Prime TV, Prime Music, Prime Storage and recieve special discounts

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Student Discounts

  • George Mason Bookstore- 10% off
  • Special student discounts for events at Eagle Bank Arena
  • Escape Room Live- 15% off with code GMU25
  • University Mall Theatre- $4 movie tickets
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream- 10% off
  • P.J. Skidoos-10% off
  • Washington Nationals Baseball- Discounted tickets
  • The Cat Café Patriot Pawsibilities offers student discounts.
  • Apple Student Discount for computers and software
  • Spotify Premium Student Discount
  • Patriot Tech- GMU Technology STore
  • Verizon student discounts
  • Students should download the app Unidays to find more student discounts
  • All offers only valid with masonlive email and/or student ID.

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Important Resources

  • Crisis Text Line- Text HOME to 741-741
  • Crisis Link- 703-527-4077
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 800-273-8255
  • Mason Police- 703-993-2810
  • Counseling and Psychological Services- Caps.gmu.edu
  • Off Campus Programs and Services- offcamp1@gmu.edu
  • Housing- housing@gmu.edu
  • Financial Aid Office: finaid@gmu.edu
  • Registrar- registrar.gmu.edu
  • Academic Advising: advising.gmu.edu
  • Student Health Services: 703-993-2831
  • Learning Resource Center: https://intomason.mywconline.com
  • Office of International Programs and Services: oips@gmu.edu
  • Student Involvement: sa@gmu.edu.  si.gmu.edu

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Things to Do On Campus

  • Attend a basketball game or any other sporting event.
  • Take a walk/study in the gardens or by the lake.
  • Attend your resident halls activities.
  • Take a class or exercise at one of the three Fitness Centers.
  • Swim or hang out in the hot tub at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
  • Join a club or greek life.
  • Hang out at The Hub- a building specifically for playing games and hanging out.
  • Mason 360 and the Student Involvement website have a calendar that lists all the events on campus.

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Things to Do in Fairfax

  • Go to the Old Town Fairfax Farmers Market.
  • Walk around Old Town Fairfax where there are many artisan shops and restaraunts.
  • Go to the Patriot Pawsibilities Cat Cafe in University Mall.
  • Visit Mosaic District- Food, Shopping, Entertainment, Art.
  • See a movie at University Mall.
  • Go shopping at Fair Oaks Mall.

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Things to Do in DC

  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums (Free).
  • Visit private museums.
  • Walk around the National Mall and Federal Triangle.
  • Visit the DC Zoo (free).
  • Attend a Nationals baseball game.
  • Bike tours
  • Visit the monuments and memorials.

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