Student Resources

Obtaining N.C. Residency

U.S. Citizens

Within 10 days from the start of your first semester of classes, complete the following:

Note: It is wise to save all rental agreements, utility bills,canceled checks, etc. because you may be asked to provide specific proof of the dates of your residency. Do not delay in following the steps above — the sooner you become a North Carolina resident, the better chance you will have of becoming a resident for tuition purposes. As support for the claim for in-state residency for tuition purposes, the application and the supporting documentation are reviewed for a cluster of significant events occurring about the same time to determine when an intent to domicile began.

International Students

Graduate Student Information

Enrollment and the GSSP

Please speak with your major advisor or the director of graduate programs about enrolling in courses for the upcoming semester as soon as possible. For the first semester, the Graduate School requires that you enroll in, at least, 9 credit hours (full-time status) in order to remain eligible for the graduate student support plan (assistantship, tuition, health insurance, etc). These minimum required hours decrease as you further in your graduate studies, but graduate students need to be enrolled full-time at all times.

Assistantship and Fellowship Compensation Method

All NCSU employees participate in direct deposit in order to receive their compensation. You will not need a voided check to establish this service. Employees can list their checking account information through MyPack Portal > Employee Self Service. Nonetheless, this portion of the portal (Employee Self Service) will not become available until NCSU HR has processed all employment paperwork and your employment has commenced. Using Employee Self Service.

Updating MyPack Portal Address and GSSP Health Insurance

Once you have established a residence in the Raleigh, NC, area, please take a moment to update your local address in MyPack Portal. Your new insurance card will be mailed to the address listed in MyPack Portal. Please speak with your graduate services coordinator about your GSSP health insurance start date. For more information about the health insurance coverage provided by the GSSP, please see the below links.

For questions regarding your NCSU RA-TA policy, please contact Student Blue at 1-800-579-8022 or

Wolfpack One Card

Once you enroll in courses, you should be able to visit the Talley Student Union in order to have your student ID (Wolfpack One Card) made. You s be able to do this even if you are not yet active in the system as an employee (must be active as a student).

Other Resources


NCSU zip code: 27695. If you are unfamiliar with the Raleigh-area, it might be beneficial to speak with a fellow graduate student about their housing suggestions or advice before committing to a long lease.

University Transportation and Parking

Capital Area Transit (CAT) and Triangle Transit Resources

About the Area

Departmental Activities

  • Spring and Fall Picnics
  • Chili Cookoff
  • Holiday Party

NCSU Campus


There are many restaurants in the downtown Raleigh area; to see an exhaustive list, visit the Explore Here website.

Activities and Attractions


Other Area Colleges and Universities

The Rest of North Carolina