Welcome and Congratulations on your new postdoctoral appointment at the University of Georgia!
We, the PDA, sincerely hope that you will enjoy your postdoctoral experience at the University of Georgia. This page gives general information to new postdocs at UGA to help them get settled and started.
Travel to Athens
The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the closest international airport to reach Athens. Atlanta is well connected by most major international airlines. Athens is ~80 miles from Atlanta airport, and is well connected by Groome Transportation both ways. The most convenient Groome drop-off location is the Georgia Center for Continuing Education located within the UGA campus.The next best alternative is Greyhound Bus Service. Check out the link for details on pricing, timing and pick-up and drop-off locations.
Visit the International Student, Scholar and Immigration Services, UGA (ISSIS) website. This page describes the various services which ISSIS provides to J Scholars and H Scholars, and Scholars in other visa categories. The page also contains some general information about what you should do when you first arrive at UGA, obtaining a driving license and social security, and tax issues.
Where to stay
As yet, UGA does not allow postdocs to stay in University provided housing. However, Athens has a wide variety of housing options which suit the needs of both singles as well as families. For more apartment search options go to Apartment Finder. While most apartments allow booking before you arrive, some may not and you will have to sign the lease upon your arrival in Athens. In such cases, extended stay temporary options are available as well, such as Inn-Town Suites.
Getting around Athens
While the Campus Transit service runs throughout UGA campus and is free for all, the Athens Transit connects the campus to nearby areas and is free to all UGA card holders. If you do not have UGA-ID, you may still ride Athens Transit buses for a nominal fee, but make sure you carry an exact change. Athens area is one the most well-connected cities compared to most major university towns. Click on the above links for details on bus routes and schedules.
Working with Animals
If you will be working with animals during your postdoc, you will need to complete the appropriate IACUC Training requirements.
Retirement Plan Options
All UGA postdocs are given two retirement plan options to choose from: the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or Optional Retirement Program (ORP). The TRS plan requires you to have 10 years of service in the University System Of Georgia, while the ORP may depend on the provider. In order to choose the ORP, you should make this choice during your first 60 days at UGA, otherwise you will be in the TRS plan by default. For more information, visit HR website.
For more information
This website contains links to the most frequently visited webpages of the University of Georgia.
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