Survival Guide

With class, a busy social schedule and all the other great things that come with being a college student, you're going to have a very busy schedule. Here, you'll find all the most important things you need, all in one place. Think of it as the only cheat sheet you'll ever be allowed to use in college.


It's college. There's a lot going on and not all of it is happening in the classroom. But let's not lose sight of the most important reason you're here: academics. Here are a few things that'll help you get the grade.

Academic Deadlines

You can't go to classes if you forgot to sign up for them. And you'd do well to keep track of the drop date, too (always protect the GPA). Is that a mirage you see? Nope, it's the last day of class, the best day of all. Here are the most important dates you need to know:

Register for Classes Early

Classes fill up fast. Be sure to register as soon as possible for the classes you want to take.

Study Spaces

If you're creative, anything is a study space. Still, some are better than others. When you're ready for something a bit more comfortable (and sanitary) than the floor of the hallway outside your class, here are some of the nicer places to hit the books:

  • The libraries: The Green Library (MMC) and Hubert Library (BBC) are the go-to spots for studying. At either library, you'll find abundant seating, quiet-zones, computer labs, and even group study rooms. Learn more about study spaces at the libraries.
  • FIU@75: In addition to computer labs, FIU@75 offers reserved study spaces. Learn more about reserving a study space at FIU@75.
  • The Sky Lounge: Started in 2010, Deuxieme Maison's Sky Lounge converted a neglected courtyard into a beautiful, alfresco study space.
  • ARC: Residential students have access to the Academic Resource Center, which features study spaces, academic success workshops, tutors, and undergraduate academic advising.

Faculty Phonebook

If you have to miss class, professors are far more sympathetic if you communicate with them early. Our faculty phonebook makes it easy to get in touch.


There's a lot more to a library than just books. As an FIU student, the libraries offer a variety of resources, including online databases, device checkouts, study areas and more.

Drop Week Tips

Communicate with your professor and you may not need to drop a class. If circumstances require you to miss class for an extended period, for example, a professor might - at their discretion - allow an incomplete grade (IN), which will allow you to finish the class at a later date.

Know the dates. There are two very important dates to remember: the last day to drop and the last day to drop without financial responsibility. Wait too long and you may have to pay for a class you won't receive credit for. Wait longer and you won't be able to drop at all. Late drops also result in a "DR" grade on your transcript. If it becomes necessary to drop a class, do so as soon as possible to ensure you receive your refund and avoid a blemish on your transcript.

Missed the drop/add deadling? There is a forgiveness policy at FIU, but be aware that limits apply to this option. You may retake a class to attempt to earn a higher grade with this option.

Excess Credits Surcharge

Did you enjoy that wine tasting class? Are you taking extra classes because FIU offers some great courses? Make sure to finish in 4 years!

Keep in mind that if you take too many extra classes there may be a surcharge for having too many credits when you graduate. Learn more about the excess credits surcharge at OneStop Enrollment Services.

Talk to Your Advisor

Not sure about a class? Do you want to change your major? Book time with an advisor to have all your questions answered.

Student Academic Success Center

The new Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is now open! It's that beautiful new building in front of Barnes & Noble by the Gold parking garage. Skip the lines by using the "myVisit" app on your phone.

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Offices In SASC

  • Career and Talent Development
  • Connect4Success
  • Exploratory Advising Center
  • First-Year Programs
  • International Student and Scholarship Services
  • National Student Exchange
  • OneStop Enrollment Services
  • Student Access and Success
  • Student Financial Services
  • Transfer and Transition Services

 Dates & Events

The party doesn't stop after WOW is over. New events pop up all the time. Keep tabs on the calendar to catch events you might be interested in.

You'll find important dates, like academic deadlines and holidays. Do not miss a financial aid deadline, otherwise you may lose a scholarship or delay your graduation! Heck, myFIU now even accepts scanned and photographed documentation to speed up things.


Home to more than a dozen Division I men's and women's teams, FIU's exciting athletics program competes at the highest level of collegiate athletics. Its alumni include Major League Baseball All-Star Mike Lowell, NFL stars T.Y. Hilton and Johnathan Cyprien, NBA standouts Carlos Arroyo and Raja Bell and WNBA standout Andrea Nagy, and soccer pros Bobby Boswell, Jeff Cassar and Steve Ralston.

No matter what your favorite sport is, there's an FIU team to cheer for. Don't miss Game Day.


Two things you don't want to experience the first week of class: stress and hunger. Each campus has its own food to offer. Check out your options, as well as their location and hours of operation.

On-Campus Options

Off-Campus Options

On-campus options aren't your taste? There are plenty off-campus choices, even some with discounts for FIU students.


  • 109 Burger Joint
  • SpecialTEA
  • Subrageous
  • Jasmine Sushi & Thai Cuisine
  • Vegan & Juice
  • Latin American Cafeteria
  • PDQ
  • Chipotle
  • Five Guys
  • Jimmy Johns


  • Chipotle
  • Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Cheen Huaye
  • Hiro's Yakko-San

Tip: It's a workout getting off BBC to the street. Take the GPE to the outside curb for free to shorten your walk to local eats.

Cold food is sad food. Heat up your meal in microwaves. They're everywhere on campus.


While most FIU students commute, living on campus is an experience many students enjoy. Whether you live on MMC or BBC, get out of your room and get to know your dorm mates. Join a Living Learning Community and enjoy the perks of dorm life.

Did you know that campus residents can plan their own events? After all, if you live here, it's your home.

 Life on Campus

Life at FIU is as fun as you make it. There's lots of fun (and free!) things to do - if you know where to go. There's activity all around our campuses if you look for it. So don't worry, you'll never be bored.

Where to Meet People

    • The Pit: At the heart of Graham Center, this is where most major club events happen. On Fridays, watch a movie (they're new releases) at GC140 next to the Pit.
    • Game Room: Play pingpong, foosball, pool and videos games on all the latest consoles. Join a game of chess, cards or other tabletop games too. Find it next to Chili's.
    • Student Art Gallery: Prime hangout spot near the south entrance of GC. Nicknamed the "Piano Room" for the baby grand piano which students take turns playing (most likely Coldplay or the music from Legend of Zelda).
    • Panther Square: The center of activity in BBC's Wolfe University Center (WUC). Panther Square draws the crowd with comfy lounging spaces, shady outdoor courtyard and fun events.
    • Game Room: Play pingpong, foosball and videos games on all the latest consoles. Students sometimes play chess. On the second floor of WUC near Panther Square.
    • Panther Pit: Lounge area on the second floor where you can play pingpong, foosball and pool. Join a game of chess and other tabletop games, too.

Join the Club

Meeting your fellow students can be intimidating. Joining a club can make it easier to make friends who share your interests:

  • Academic organizations
  • Cultural and religious organizations
  • Greek Life
  • Special interest and hobby clubs
  • Sports clubs
  • Support groups

Find your club: There are dozens of clubs you can join. Can't find something that meets your interests? You can even start your own club.

Recreational Sports

If you'd prefer to socialize through sports, FIU has intramural leagues for all major sports including dodge ball, flag football, Frisbee and more.

Team Up: Compete for bragging rights and meet new people. Intramural sports are a great way to connect.

Hit the Gym

Campus gym membership is paid for in your tuition, so use it! You'll need it to keep yourself in shape (especially after eating so many cookies). Full gym and fitness centers are on both MMC and BBC.

Take Care of Your Health

Balancing schoolwork and life can be stressful both physically and mentally. If you start to feel overwhelmed, Student Health is there for you with:

Health Insurance

Access to health insurance can save you a lot of money. Reasonably priced plans are available.

Get the Look

Looking good can make you feel good too. And if you have a presentation (or a date) coming up, it's a must. A visit to the MMC salon or barbershop will spruce you up. Right across the hall, the dry cleaners can have you dressed to impress.

Work on Campus

FIU posts hundreds of part time jobs and internships for students every semester. Check out the FIU careers website to look for work on campus while you're a student.

 Parking & Transportation

If you learn only one thing from this guide, let it be this: It's hard to get the grade if you don't get to class. Give yourself plenty of time and use our lot locator to quickly find nearby spaces. If you can get to campus an hour before class, you'll make your life a lot easier.

Permits and Tickets

Your license plate serves as your parking permit. Just visit Parking & Transportation to register your vehicle. Have a parking fine to take care of? Pay or appeal online.


Long walk to class? Take the tram

The Panther Mover runs continuously between Panther Garage and Primera Casa (PC) with stops throughout the routes. Pick-up locations are the south-east corner of Panther Garage and the south corner of PC, near the loading dock. Shuttle services are available on Monday-Friday until 8 p.m.

Get Around Town

FIU buses and shuttles connect MMC, BBC and the Engineering Center. Hop on and spare your car some wear and tear.

The Golden Panther Express: This shuttle connects FIU's two main campuses, Modesto A. Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus. The pick-up and drop-off stop for MMC is in Lot 3, east of the Graham Center and next to the Gold Parking Garage. The pick-up and drop-off stop for BBC is located in front of the AC1.

CATS Shuttle: The CATS shuttle travels between Modesto A. Maidique Campus and the Engineering Center. Two shuttles will provide additional stops at the Miami-Dade transit hub located at 107th Ave. and 17th St. and at the new housing towers in the City of Sweetwater.

Sweetwater Trolley and Nomi Express: These municipal routes connect FIU locations with malls, parks and restaurants.

Car2Go: Need a car for a few hours? Car2Go is the answer. Find it, drive it, park it. Available on the MMC, BBC and Engineering campuses.

Get a Helping Hand

Parking Service Aides are available for a vehicle jump start or safe, ADA-compliant golf cart transportation. They're available until 11 pm, so don't risk a long walk to your car at night.


Believe it or not, you can buy most of the things you need without ever leaving campus.

What You Can Buy On Campus*

    • Barnes & Noble @ FIU
    • Panther TECH
    • Ricoh @ FIU Copy Print Pack & Ship Centers
    • POD Market @ Breezeway Café
    • Recharge U
    • Barnes & Noble @ FIU
    • POD Market @ Breezeway Café (BBC only)
    • Pharmacy
    • University Credit Union: With locations on FIU's main campuses (MMC and BBC) and throughout Miami-Dade County, University Credit Union offers its members favorable rates and a full range of financial services.
    • Wells Fargo: FIU and Wells Fargo have teamed up to bring you the FIU One Card. It's your student ID and an ATM card all in one. When your card is linked to a Wells Fargo College Checking account, you can use it:
      • As your official student ID
      • To access campus privileges
      • For access to cash at Wells Fargo ATMs
      • For purchases using your Personal Identification Number (PIN)
    • Barnes & Noble @ FIU
    • Barnes & Noble @ FIU
    • Barnes & Noble @ FIU
    • Pro Shop
    • Bike Shop

*MMC Only

Tip: Blue Books

Some classes will require you to write exam essays in a "blue book." These are fairly cheap at the bookstore, but, better yet, they're free at your campus SGA office. If you need a blue book for an exam, swing by SGA in advance so you don't forget on the day of your exam.


You'll most likely need a textbook for each class-usually multiple textbooks. We have textbooks available at both our MMC and BBC bookstore locations. They're also available at the online bookstore.


Did you know you can rent your textbook for the semester? Or did you know we sell used textbooks? Get familiar with all of your textbook-buying options.

Can't get to campus to buy your books? Order books to your house elsewhere online. Amazon offers free Prime membership to students. That two-day shipping will come in handy in the first week.


It's college in the 21st century. No more rocks and charcoal. You're going to need access to technology during your time here. Luckily, there are lots of resources available that keep you on the cutting edge.

Student Tech Discounts

You don't need the newest, high-tech toys to get through college, but they sure are nice. As a student, you have access to discounts on many products and even free access to software.

In some cases, your specific academic department may have access to software used in your chosen field, so be sure to ask around.


It surrounds us. It penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. You're going to need WiFi as a student. Here's how to get it:

Computer Labs

If you should find yourself without access to a computer, need access to specific software, or just need a place to focus on writing a paper, computer labs are always available.

In addition, many specific academic areas have their own specialized labs that offer software and tools you'll need as you progress through your program of study. Be sure to ask around.

IT Services

Having trouble with MyAccounts (your login for all things FIU)? Need your password reset? The Division of Information Technology can help by ringing their call center, 305-348-2284.