Special Community for International Students in North Conway



To be employed by any company in the United State of America you need a Social Security Number plus your J1 Visa.  If you have already received yours, GREAT! If not, you will need to make your way to the nearest Social Security Office that is located at: 177 W Main St Littleton, New Hampshire.  They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 am to 4 pm and Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm.

You will need the following items to apply for your Social Security card:
1) Passport with J-1 Visa and Admission Stamp
2) Form I-94 – Arrival/Departure Record
3) Form DS-2019 – Certificate of Eligibility
4)F orm SS-5 – Completed Social Security Application (can pick up at local office)
5) Job Sponsor’s letter showing your participation in the program

Make sure you have an address to receive your Social Security card. All documents must be originals or certified by the issuing agency.

Social Security Card Application:  https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
Social Security Website:  https://www.ssa.gov/

Taxes That You Must Pay:
Federal Income Tax 
State Income Tax (does not apply in NH)
Local Income Tax (does not apply in North Conway)

Taxes you don't have to pay:
Social Security Tax
Medicare Tax
Federal Umployment Tax


There are 3 grocery stores in North Conway: Shaw’s, Hannaford, and Walmart.  They are near the Mountain Valley Mall in North Conway.  Our suggestion is to buy frozen food and dry goods at Walmart because they have the best prices.  You can find the freshest fruits and produce at Shaw’s and Hannaford. These stores are also great places to get second jobs!

Hannafords:  https://www.hannaford.com/
Shaw's:  http://www.shaws.com
Walmart:  http://www.walmart.com


North Conway doesn’t have a public bus system.  Taxi’s are very expensive. The only ways to get around include: walking, biking, taking a taxi or purchasing a car. Rental cars are another option and great for long distance trips.  You can rent a car from Enterprise for 59 to 150 dollars per 24 hour period.  You are required to have a valid license and buy insurance for an additional 30 dollars a day.  If you are under 25 years old, you will also pay an additional fee of 25 dollars a day. 

We suggest purchasing a bike from Walmart. They cost about $90 and can get you around the area quickly. Be sure to obey all traffic rules and always wear a halmet.

Fast Taxi:  http://www.fastaxi.net/


To make the most out of your stay in North Conway we recommend you find a second job.  There are many restaurants, retail stores and hotels that are always hiring.  Part time jobs are designed to be flexible and work around your full-time job.  Working two jobs gives you the ability to save so you can do more.

Please be sure to check our Facebook page:  we regularly post new job listings.
Also don't forget to let your sponser know about your new job!


If you bring an unlocked phone to Walmart, they offer monthly prepaid phone plan options.  The basic talk and text service begins at 25 dollars a month.  A data plan begins at 45 dollars a month.  Having a data plan makes your stay in North Conway easier because you can stay connected with friends and family.  Other benefits include using translation apps, GPS navigation, and finding great local activities. 

Walmart Phone Service:  http://www.walmart.com/


Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles.  Make sure you bring converters.

More Information:  http://wikitravel.org/en/Electrical_systems


We recommend two banks in North Conway: TD Bank and Northway Bank.

TD Bank is located at 1249 Eastman Road North Conway, NH 03860.  TD Bank offers free checking accounts for full time students under the age of 24.  There isn't a monthly maintenance fee or minimum daily balance.  You must present valid proof of being a full time student prior to opening the account.

Northway Bank is located at: 1500 White Mountain Highway North Conway, NH 03860.  Northway Bank also offers free checking with no minimum balance or maintence fee.  They provide electronic statements using their Peak Checking Program.

When you become a member at a bank you receive a debit card attached to your checking account.  Visa debit cards are accepted at almost anywhere.  You can also securely purchase items online and track transactions.  Both banks provide online banking.  Having a checking account also allows you to have your paycheck directly deposited into your account so you don't have to physically deposit a paper check.
TD BANK:  http://www.tdbank.com
NORTHWAY BANK:  https://www.northwaybank.com/


How To Protect Yourself
Be aware of your surroundings.
Stay in well-lit areas.
Do not carry important documents with you.
Never give out your passport to anyone.
Put your money in the bank.
Do not carry large amounts of cash.
Do not carry large bags and/or backpacks.
Use reflective gear, bike helmet, and headlights when riding a bike at night.
Lock your bike.
Use sunscreen to prevent serious sunburn.
Do not go into the ocean or pool, if you don’t know how to swim.
Swim near a lifeguard.
Do not hitchhike, especially if you get a ride offered by a stranger.
Only carry a photo copy of your passport in your wallet, do not carry the original with you and keep the original in a safe place.
Ask a police officer for help, if you are ever in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.

Local Laws
Drinking alcohol under the age of 21 years is illegal.
Drinking alcoholic beverages in public or in a vehicle is illegal.
Being drunk in public is prohibited.
Causing damage to a hotel or motel room is illegal.
Disrupting the flow of traffic by a pedestrian is illegal.

Emergency & Assistance
In the event of an emergency, call 911 and stay on the phone until the police arrive and Call Your Sponsor..

Non-Emergancy Phone Number - Conway Police Department: (603) 356-5715

Memorial Hospital  
3073 White Mountain Hwy
North Conway, NH 03860
PH: (603)-356-3461
Open 24 Hours / 7 Days a week 
Website:  https://mainehealth.org/locations/emergency-department-at-memorial-hospital/north-conway-3073-white-mountain-highway-038607101-3612

Non-Emergancy (Walk-in Clinic / No Appointments Required):
Saco River Medical Group
7 Greenwood Ave
Conway, NH 03818
PH: (603)-447-3500
Website:  https://www.sacodocs.com

When walking:
Always walk on the sidewalk.
Walk on the shoulder of the road, if there is no sidewalk.
Use crosswalks and do not walk on streets
Look both ways before crossing the street.

When riding your bike follow NH State Biking Laws:
Obey all traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
Do not ride on the sidewalk.
Ride on the right side of the road with traffic. Riding against traffic is illegal.
Use lights and reflectors when riding at night.  *VERY IMPORTANT*
Be aware of drivers’ rights to turn right on red light.

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