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The New Graduate Student's Survival Guide

This guide contains a selection of resources for graduate students new to the ETSU area


There are many different types of apartments in the immediate ETSU area, such as Evergreen Terrace Apartments, Monarch, University Edge, Fox Glen Townhouses, and Student Quarters.

Graduate students may also live on campus in the Buccaneer Ridge Apartments.

Buccaneer Ridge Apartments (on ETSU campus)

International students may receive additional information on housing options from ETSU International.

ETSU International

The New Student and Family Programs Office also maintains a list of off campus housing. 

Off Campus Housing Resources


The closest airport to Johnson City is Tri-Cities (an approximately 35-minute drive), which also has rental cars.

Tri-Cities Airport

There are additional rental car companies in Johnson City. 

Johnson City has taxi services. 

The area bus service, Johnson City Transit or JCT, is free for ETSU students. Always have a means of identification before taking the bus.

Johnson City Transit


1)  International individuals who will be in Tennessee for more than 30 days are considered Tennessee residents for driving purposes and must apply for a Tennessee driver's license within 30 days of arrival in the state. 

Tennessee Driver Services

2) Vehicle insurance is mandatory in 48 of the 50 United States (including Tennessee).  It is illegal to drive without car insurance.  A simple internet search will list many companies which sell insurance. 


Buccaneer Ridge Apartments