Graduate Student Quick Start Guide

This guide will help you get started with:

  1. Applying for Florida Residency
  2. Obtaining Your FSU Card
  3. Activating Your FSUID Account
  4. Building, Office and Computer Lab Access
  5. Housing


A. Applying for Florida Residency

Funded U.S. graduates students must start the process of becoming a Florida resident before the first day of classes. Florida residents qualify for a lower tuition fee than out of state residents. This policy does not apply to funded international students. Funded positions include teaching assistantship (TA), online preceptors, research assistantship (RA), or technical/computer support technicians.

  1. Legal (first year, before classes start): Obtain a Florida driver’s license or State of Florida identification card (non-drivers). The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles webpage describes the documents you need to obtain a license or identification card. Note: Florida voter registration or vehicle registration can also be provided in lieu of a license/identification card. Other acceptable documents are described in the official residency reclassification form.
  2. Physical (first year, before classes start): Copy of a 12 month housing or apartment lease agreement or deed. Residence in an on campus dorm does not support Florida residency for the purposes of tuition. Note: You may submit a declaration of domicile in Florida in lieu of a lease. The declaration can be obtained for a ~$10 fee from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Leon County (301 S. Monroe St., Suite 100 or 1276 Metropolitan Blvd., Suite 101).
  3. Complete the residency application (second year, before classes start): Submit the following documents (and the two documents above) to FSU that provide a rationale for being in Florida and proof of legal and physical ties to the state.
    • Rationale for being in Florida: Official confirmation of Graduate Assistantship from the College employing you. Complete Part 1 of the Graduate Assistant Verification Form and obtain the Geography Department graduate director’s signature.
    • Residency reclassification form: Read and fill out pages 3 and 4 of the official form.
    • Submit all documentation to the FSU Registrar’s Office prior to the first day of classes for the semester you wish to claim Florida residency. Note: Applications will be accepted no earlier than one (1) month prior to the first day of classes.

Questions? Please contact the FSU Registrar’s Office. PHONE: (850) 644-1050


B. Obtaining Your FSU Card

Purpose: The FSUCard is your official University identification card. It will also serve as your Bellamy building swipe card, provide access to the campus facilities like the library and gyms, and even provide free transportation on the city bus. Please note that you will need to request a separate key for your office.

Where do I pick up the card?
FSUCard Center: (850) 644-7777
Woodward Avenue Parking Garage
104 N. Woodward Ave.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Other services provided by the FSUCard Office:

  • Get a replacement card.
  • Make payments for Tuition, FSUCard, Library, Orientation, Telecommunications, Housing, and Parking fees.

What to bring to obtain your card:

There is no cost for your initial FSUCard. However, replacement card(s) cost
$15.00 which can be paid at the time of replacement or billed to your student financial
services account. NOTE: There is no charge for legal name changes or replacement of
stolen FSUCards when proper documentation is presented.

Please visit the FSU Card Center website ( for more information.


C. Activating Your FSUID Account

Graduate students will need to setup a FSUID account. Your FSUID is your username for access to many Florida State University systems and resources, including myFSU Portal (e.g., registering for classes), Canvas (course websites), OMNI (e.g., human resources, paycheck), Wi-Fi, computer labs and more. FSUIDs are issued to all students, faculty and staff.

  1. Obtain your FSU Card at the Card Center (see section B. above)
  2. Visit the “additional information” section of
  3. Get your EMPLID and activate your FSUID.

Questions? Please contact the FSU Information Technology Services desk: (850) 644-4357


D. Building, Office and Computer Lab Access

Keys: As space permits, funded graduate students will be provided shared office space. Priority is typically given to teaching assistants with face to face sections (as opposed to online) and PhD students. Please see Petya Pearson or Adam Ware in Rm 323 of Bellamy to order an office key. After receiving confirmation emails (takes about two days) you may pick up the key at the Key Bank/Service Center (Mendenhall Bldg A, Room 150 on Learning Way).

Swipe Access: Swipe access is needed to enter Bellamy Hall and the department corridors after hours and on weekends. It is also needed to enter the GIS Lab. To gain card swipe access, email the 16-digit number on the front of your FSU Card (not your 14-digit library number) and your EMPID number to Petya Pearson or Adam Ware.


E. Housing

The following information can help you start your housing search. However, the FSU Geography Department cannot directly help students find housing.

Moving to a new city can be exciting as well as a daunting prospect. Housing options in the area include apartments, condominiums, townhouses and rental homes. You can easily find a spacious one bedroom in town for less than $800 per month. There are several apartments that are walking distance of the Geography Department. Students ride can ride both the city (StarMetro) and campus bus service (Seminole Express) for free using their FSUID.

FSU sources of housing information:

  • The Center of Global Engagement:  General information on housing and a list of apartments recommended by current International Students.
  • The Student Government Association off-campus housing website:  General information and in the roommates section, you can create an account with your FSU email, complete a personal profile and communicate with other FSU students looking for a room or someone to share their apartment with.

Although FSU does not endorse or recommend any off-campus housing options, the following websites can help you get started: