This page contains information regarding all the basic things that need to be looked into when a student arrives at Santa Clara University. This information will help you in your initial settling in period. By putting up the information we do not advocate any specific brand or company. This information is put up purely going by the past experience of Indian Students at SCU by the sole intent of making the transition of new students much smoother.

Bank Account

  • Most Indian students here at SCU have an account with Bank of America. The Bank of America offers student accounts. You would be able to find out more information regarding this by visiting one of the branches.

  • The nearest branch is right opposite to the main SCU entrance, across the road. It should be about 5 minutes walk from the main SCU entrance gate.

  • Going by the past experience of Indian students at SCU, opening an account is a very easy procedure. The documents required to open an account just include your I-20 and passport.

  • However, other banks like CitiBank, Wells Fargo and Chase are there as well that offer accounts for students. You are most welcome to explore other options!

Indian Grocery Stores

All the possible Indian grocery items are readily available in the Indian stores. There are various stores in close proximity of Santa Clara University. Some of the most popular Indian stores among the Indian students are:

  • New India Bazaar

    Address : 2213 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
    Distance from University: 1.2 miles
    Public Transport options: Following Buses starting from Santa Clara Caltrain Station (Right opposite SCU)
    VTA Bus no 22 towards Palo Alto
    VTA Bus no 522 towards Palo Alto

  • Patel Brothers

    Address : 2213 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
    Distance from University: 1.3 miles
    Public Transport options: Following Buses starting from Santa Clara Caltrain Station (Right opposite SCU)
    VTA Bus no 22 towards Palo Alto
    VTA Bus no 522 towards Palo Alto

Car Sharing

  • Zipcar is a car sharing facility used by various Indian students enrolled in SCU.

  • Students rent out the car on an hourly basis. You are required to become a member in order to use this facility.

  • When you call zipcar enquire about any ongoing offers for SCU students. You are most likely to get lucky!!!

  • You can explore this option in detail by visiting the website!

Public Transport

  • SCU is well connected by Public Transport. The major Bus Stop near SCU is the Santa Clara Caltrain station which is right opposite Santa Clara University.

  • Most of the VTA (Valley Transport Authority) busses are available from Santa Clara Caltrain Station.

  • For long distances, Caltrains are also available from the Santa Clara Caltrain Station.

Cheap calling options to make calls to India

In general, making phone calls to India from the US in not very expensive. There are various options available to make cheap calls to India. Following are some websites /apps/calling cards that are being used by the current students to make calls to India.

Social Security Number(SSN)

All the students who would be working On/Off Campus would need a Social Security card. The pre-requisite to generate a SSN would a letter of employment from the employer.

Shopping Stores

  • Safeway

    Safeway is an American Super Market store. Most of the day to day utility items are available at the Safeway Store. It is a popular option among students mainly because of its proximity to the Santa Clara University.

    Store Nearest to SCU: Safeway, The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA.

  • Walmart

    Walmart is a multinational retail corporation that has chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. It is popular among the students especially when they want to buy monthly stock of household items. Walmart also offers good discounts on various items.

    Store Nearest to SCU: West San Jose, 1600 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129.

  • Ikea

    Ikea is a popular shopping destination for students who want to buy furniture items such as study tables, chairs etc.

    Store Nearest to SCU: 1700 E Bayshore Rd,East Palo Alto, CA 94303 .

  • 7-Eleven

    7-Eleven is a part of an international chain of convenience stores. Located in close proximity to the various apartments near SCU, it is a popular choice among the Indian students for daily items such as Milk, eggs and bread among the others

    Store Nearest to SCU: 3580 Monroe St, Santa Clara, CA 95051.

Online Shopping Options

  • Amazon is a widely used online shopping website by the students of SCU. Amazon does home delivery of the ordered products. Amazon also offers a service called Amazon Prime for students. Details for the same would be available by searching Amazon Student on

  • Walmart

    Walmart is a well-known shopping website which is used by many Indian students at SCU.

  • Craigslist

    Craigslist is classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services etc. It is widely used by the Indian students at SCU for finding the items of their need at a very reasonable rate.

  • eBay

    eBay is another giant when it comes to Online shopping. A unique feature in this is the concept of Bidding. Many students across SCU use this website for online shopping.