Information for incoming graduate students
Wayne State students come together from over 70 countries and nearly every state, representing a wide range of ages, religious beliefs and socio-economic backgrounds. We are proud of this diverse community, and work to cultivate an open and inclusive environment. The Graduate School's resources and initiatives are designed to support graduate students' academic, professional and personal growth. The information below will help get you started at Wayne State and explore midtown Detroit.
- International graduate students
Office of International Students and Scholars
The Office of International Students and Scholars is responsible for providing assistance on immigration matters and for acting as a link with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Department of State. Their website also lists a number of resources and comparative charts of different visa types. The paperwork associated with visas varies, so it is a good idea to check with the international office on current processing time for visa applications or renewals for a specific visa type from your country.
If you are planning to travel overseas for a conference or vacation, please check with these offices prior to leaving to determine what paperwork you might need in order to re-enter the United States.
Visas are handled by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). If you are an international graduate student and need to apply for or renew your visa, discuss your visa options with an OISS advisor.
Be realistic in determining how much money you will need to bring with you for living expenses while you are waiting to receive your first paycheck (as applicable), which could take up to four to five weeks. You will need cash for food, housing and basic necessities. You may also need to factor in car/transport fare, and entertainment and deposits for housing and utilities.
If you are arriving by air and need transportation from the airport, take a look at DTW transportation services to arrange your own transport. On average, the cost of a taxi/cab is $40.
- Upon arrival
Follow any guidelines provided by your program and/or department regarding paperwork or necessary orientation activities.
- Other useful information to get you started
OneCard: OneCard is the official Wayne State University identification card for students, faculty, staff and other members of the university community. You can use your OneCard to access or pay for services at Wayne State. The OneCard Center is located at The Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren, 313-577-CARD. Your OneCard is also useful in getting discounts at a number of places in and around Detroit.
Building access: Entry to most research buildings in the School of Medicine requires activation of your OneCard. Access Card Application form must be completed and signed by the appropriate people in your department.
You will need to make housing arrangements prior to arrival.
WSU graduate or faculty housing may be able to assist you. You may request that your PI have someone pick up the keys and have them available for you.
Other resources to search for apartments include forrent.com, rent.com, and apartmentlist.com. ApartmentGuide.com offers a specialized rental property search tool exclusively for Wayne State University students.
There are many places to look for assistance in finding childcare. However, most centers run pretty full and you might find it advantageous to place your name on a waiting list prior to arrival. Check with the center directly via email or ask your prospective department for assistance in contacting the center. Childcare resources
Wayne State University currently offers two complimentary campus shuttles that allow you to get from one side of campus to the other by simply showing your OneCard. Shuttles, 15-passenger vans, run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and signs are posted at each stop. Service runs continuously in approximately 15-minute intervals and is labeled "Main Campus Shuttle." The shuttle route and trackin app are available on the WSU Parking website.
The DMC provides a continuous central campus loop shuttle transporting to central campus hospitals (south of Warren ave). The Shuttle Service operates from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- SMARTbus provides regular transport.
- Midtown Detroit FREE shuttle service. This shuttle service provides transportation between three of the area's biggest anchors:
- Detroit Medical Center (12,000 employees)
- Henry Ford Hospital (8,000 employees)
- Wayne State University (40,000 employees and students)
- QLINE Detroit
- Enterprise car rental discount
The Dean of Students Office seeks to help WSU commuter students have a safe and successful Wayne State experience.
Access to parking on the campus of Wayne State University is provided through Parking and Transportation Services, which manages and operates a number of visitor and permit parking facilities.
- Public Safety
WSU Police emergency number is 313-577-2222.
- Discover Detroit
Located on more than 200 acres in the heart of Detroit, Wayne State University has more than 100 research and educational buildings, tree-lined pedestrian malls, and a thriving campus life. In addition, its proximity to Detroit's cultural center continually reaffirms a steadfast commitment to a vibrant community. Among the university's closest neighbors are the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, Museum of African-American History, the Fisher Theater, the New Center Area and Greek town just to name a few.
- Explore Midtown Detroit
- Detroit's historic Eastern Market
- Metro Detroit shopping malls
- Resrouces for international communities and students outside WSU include Global Detroit and Welcome Mat Detroit