Rolla has something for everyone. It’s a safe, clean, attractive community in which values of family, hard work and education remain strong. Rolla is located in a beautiful area of outdoor life that’s sure to please many.
Community members are very supportive of the university and its students. The local community participates in the Celebration of Nations and International Student Day events. S&T students are welcome at all city events and have full access to city services.
The city’s downtown business district is close to campus. Community events, campus activities and locally owned restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, bookstores and pizza parlors provide a good break from studies. In addition, there are places of worship for many religions, including a variety of Christian churches and two mosques.
International students spend around 16 hours in class and labs. That leaves plenty of time to join international organizations, sports, design teams and travel. This section includes helpful info about:
It is highly recommended that you bring at least $100 to $200 USD in bills no larger than $20. Often, you will need U.S. currency for planned and unexpected miscellaneous travel expenses that may occur during your trip to Rolla, MO (i.e., layovers, food, hotel rooms, etc.). For other important tips for traveling to the U.S.A., please visit Education USA's Pre-Departure Information.
A local shuttle company, USA Express, can provide transportation from Lambert International Airport (airport code STL) in St. Louis, Missouri, to various locations in Rolla, Missouri. The airport shuttle runs approximately every two hours between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily. You must submit completed New Student Stand-by/Guaranteed Seat Request form to USA Express via email. Please note that reservations may only be made Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. USA Express suggests booking it one week or more in advance for availability and no less than 48 hours in advance. There are several different rates of the shuttle are available:
Stand-by (seat is not guaranteed): $65.00 USD per person Although the full rate of the airport shuttle is $120.00 USD, the Office of International and Cultural Affairs has negotiated a reduced the rate for our newly arriving students and will partially subsidize the shuttle fee. The student’s cost for the shuttle service is $65.00 USD per person. The reduced rate shuttle will operate from Saturday, July 26, 2015, through Sunday, August 9, 2015.
However, the reduced shuttle rate is a “stand-by” rate only. Therefore you will not be able to receive a confirmation of a definite reservation until the day of your arrival. “Standby” means that passengers who pay full rate ($120.00 USD) have preferred status for seats in the shuttle. If the shuttle fills with full-fare passengers, standby passengers will not have a seat on that particular shuttle bus.
As you make your flight arrangements, please consider that the last shuttle departs from the St. Louis airport at 10:00 pm. If you will not arrive at the airport before 9:00 pm, you might need to book the special pick up or you may stay overnight in St. Louis until the next day to catch the first shuttle to Rolla. Please see the hotel options near the airport. Airport security requests that individuals find other accommodations rather than remaining in the airport overnight. Most hotels in the St. Louis Airport area offere a free shuttle between the airport and the hotel.
You are allowed two standard-size suitcases and one carry-on bag on the shuttle. You will need to identify yourself to the shuttle driver as a “New Missouri S&T International Student,” and you must pay for the shuttle at the time of pick up from the airport. USA Express accepts US currency (cash) as well as the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express only. There will be an additional $5.00 USD charge for shuttle payments made by credit card.
Suitcases must weigh less than 50 pounds and may be no larger than 26 inches high, 19 inches wide and 10 inches thick. Carry-on bags must be able to fit comfortably on a passenger’s lap, if necessary. USA Express drivers carry a scale and tape measure and may measure or weigh baggage.
Students must inform USA Express of any additional or oversized baggage at the time a reservation is made with USA Express. Otherwise there may not be room for the student’s baggage on the shuttle. USA Express will not be responsible for baggage that will not fit or meet the size requirements on the shuttle.
Boxes, trunks, and similar packing items are considered oversized. All oversized and/or additional baggage is subject to a $20.00 USD charge per item. If the shuttle staff has not been informed in advance that the passenger is bringing oversized/additional baggage, the shuttle driver can refuse to carry the baggage.
Toll free telephone number if calling from within the US: 1-800-231-2222 Rolla telephone number: 573-364-2348 The departure location is St. Louis Lambert Field
If you require temporary hotel arrangements close to the airport in St. Louis, here are a few suggestions for you:
St. Louis, Missouri Drury Inn Airport – St. Louis (0.8 mi. from Airport, 4 minutes) 10490 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63134 Telephone number: 314-423-7700 Toll free telephone number: 1-800-378-7946
Peartree Inn Airport (0.9 mi. from Airport, 4 minutes) 10810 Peartree Lane, St. Ann, Missouri 63074 Telephone number: 314-427-3400 Toll free telephone number: 1-800-378-7946
St. Louis Travelodge (2.4 mi. from Airport, 8 minutes ) 9645 Natural Bridge Road, Berkeley, Missouri 63143 Telephone number: 314-890-9000 Toll free telephone number: 1-800-578-7878
Addtional hotel suggestion can be found at Explore St. Louis. Most hotels in the St. Louis Airport area offere a free shuttle between the airport and the hotel.
If you require temporary hotel arrangements in Rolla, Missouri, here are a few suggestions for you:
Rolla, Missouri Budget Deluxe Inn (0.9 mi. from S&T, 5 minutes) 1908 N. Bishop Avenue, Rolla, Missouri 65401 Telephone number: 573-364-4488
Drury Inn (1.1 mi. from S&T, 4 minutes) 2006 North Bishop Avenue, Rolla, Missouri 65401 Telephone number: 573-364-4000 Toll free telephone number: 1-800-378-7946
Hampton Inn (1.1 mi. from S&T, 4 minutes) 2201 North Bishop Avenue, Rolla, Missouri 65401 Telephone number: 573-308-1060 Toll free telephone number: 1-866-460-7440
Missouri weather has four seasons. Summer weather is warm and can sometimes reach temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. Spring and Fall are generally mild, with only a light jacket or sweater being necessary. Missouri winters can get very cold. Be sure to bring warm clothes for the winter including a heavy coat, as we do experience snow and ice in the winter.
"So what do you like about Rolla?"
-- "I really enjoy it here. It's small and peaceful. If I got the chance I would definitely spend the rest of my life here. The weather is really nice. A phrase I heard is if you don't like the weather, wait five seconds it'll change. Well if you like it, you don't have to wait!"
- S&T International Student from Saudi Arabia
Applied Language Institute Students
On-campus housing is not available for students in the Applied Langiage Isntitute (ALI). You are strongly encouraged to make housing plans before your arrival. Several real estate companies offer rental properties, so you may wish to begin your search online and communicate with one or more of the real estate companies. Below are links to some of the companies in town who have rental properties:
After you complete the PRO Day registration, you will receive information about how to apply for your housing and select your meal plan. The Residential Life team does its best to match you with an appropriate roommate. Aslo, please note that campus housing units do not include bedding and towels.
In addition, a variety of meal plans are available. Meal plans include a specific number of meals per week, a declining dollar balance, or a combination.
As a graduate student, on-campus housing is not available. You are strongly encouraged to make housing plans before your arrival. Several real estate companies offer rental properties, so you may wish to begin your search online and communicate with one or more of the real estate companies. Below are links to some of the companies in town who have rental properties:
To get around Rolla, a number of options are available, namely:
S&T E-Bus Hop on and off the all new, electrically powered shuttle - or E-Bus - is providing public transportation for S&T students. The route will run from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, with five stops: Miner Village, Emerson Hall, Centennial Hall, Havener Center, and Gale Bullman Multipurpose.
Taxi A number of taxi services are available in Rolla, and remember that all taxi cabs are metered, so the cost depends on the distance you travel. Ask about the rate before hiring the cab.
Driving If you plan to purchase a car, please see the Obtaining a Driver's License info and make sure to research the cost of maintaining a vehicle and the cost of car insurance.
Obtaining a Driver's License
International students can obtain a Missouri driver’s license by collecting the documents listed under each student category below, taking the driver’s exam (written and driving), and after successfully passing the tests, bringing the paperwork to the Rolla License Office to obtain your license.
First, please collect the following documents and see step-by-step instructions to find out where to obtain the necessary documentation and how to proceed:
Bring along all required documents to Rolla Highway Patrol, and take the exams (first written, then driving).
The Rolla Highway Patrol is located at:
1301 Nagogami Rd, Rolla MO 65401 Phone: 573.368.2345, ext. 3973 Hours: Fridays only – Written tests 8am-4:50pm; Road tests 8am-4:30pm
Please note: - Results of written test are valid for 1 year (if you cannot take driving test at same time) - You need to come with someone who has a car
After successfully passing the written and driving tests, take paperwork to Rolla License Office to obtain your license. The Rolla License Office is located at: 1038 S. Bishop Ave, Rolla MO (by JC Penney) Phone: 573.364.7848 Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm Last Sat each month: 8am-12pm
Need driving lessons or help preparing for the written test?
See Central Missouri Driver Training for more information or you can call for an appointment: 573.201.0665. They offer tutoring for the written test at $25/hour and 3-hour sessions of hands-on driver training at $55/hour.
S&T students, scholars and their families come from more than 60 countries to experience American education and culture as well as to share their cultures with the S&T community. We at the OICA strive to facilitate numerous cultural events on campus and in the community, offering a chance to everyone to get involved and make friends from around the world.
Some ways to get involved with the S&T international community are:
Celebration of Nations
Downtown Rolla comes alive for this area's largest multicultural event, featuring live music and dance; ethnic food, arts, crafts and displays; and plenty of fun for the kids!