Other services

Hair cuts
Salons and barbershops can be found in all shapes and sizes all around the U.S. Some may require an appointment in advance, while others invite you to simply walk in and ask for a haircut. Shop around to find the barbershop or beauty salon that charges what you are willing to pay, is most convenient for you, and cuts your hair the way you like it. If you see someone locally whose hair you like, don’t hesitate to ask them where they get it cut. Many hairdressers rely on this kind of word-of mouth advertising.

“Beauty colleges,” where barbers and beauticians learn to cut and style hair, sometimes offer hair services at a
lower price as their students learn their skills. You might also find that some of your fellow students or friends cut and style hair from their own home for a small fee.

Most dormitories and apartment complexes provide coin-operated laundry facilities where you can wash and dry your clothes. If not, look under “Laundries—Self Service” in the yellow pages of the telephone book to find a public coin-operated laundry near you. You will need to use quarters to operate the machines. Some facilities have machines that make change from dollar bills, but not all of them do. You should also plan to bring your own laundry detergent and fabric softener to avoid buying the small packets they may have available at the Laundromat for an additional fee.

Dry cleaning

Professional dry cleaners will clean and press your clothes overnight or within a few days. Some laundries have self-service dry-cleaning machines, which cost less, but you will get better quality from a professional dry cleaner. (For a listing of professional dry cleaners, look under “Cleaners” in the yellow pages of the phone book.)

Photo printing

Most grocery stores, drug stores, discount stores and campus bookstores will allow you to bring in your photos on a memory card or flash drive and order printed pictures through a self-serve machine. Often, you can get the pictures immediately or within hours. It costs more if you choose immediate service. You can also go online to sites like www.shutterfly.com, www.snapfish.com and www.flickr.com to order prints of your uploaded photos. For specialized work or high-quality production, you can take your work to a camera store or photo-finishing laboratory.

Any resident in a local community can apply for a library card and check out books and materials for a specified period of time; usually two to three weeks. Some public libraries also let nonresidents check out materials for a small fee. To obtain a library card, you simply show your identification and proof that you live in the community (a driver’s license, lease agreement, a utility bill, etc.) and fill out a form. Public libraries offer a wealth of free resources, activities and study space, along with Internet access.

College and university campuses in the U.S. generally offer their students library access to the school facility. Not only do they provider research and study materials and internet access, but they also have study carousels, quiet places to read and computers to work on.