Practical Matters

International students at Suffolk University may need some help finding local stores and brands that remind them of home. Here's a starting list of resources that will get you on the right path.


KO Catering and Pies
87 A Street South Boston Neighborhood: South Boston


Brazilian Corner
192 Brighton Ave Allston Neighborhood: Allston


Tropical Foods
2101 Washington St Neighborhood: Roxbury 


Kam Man Food
219 Quincy Ave Neighborhood: Quincy

C Mart of Herald Street
50 Herald St Neighborhood: South End


Mayfair Foods
506 Cambridge St Neighborhood: Allston


South End Food Emporium
465 Columbus Avenue Neighborhood: South End


Oliviers & Co
161 Newbury St Neighborhood: Back Bay


Roslindale Fish Market
39 Poplar Street Neighborhood: Roslindale


Faneuil Street Market
243 Faneuil Street Neighborhood: Brighton


Sabatino & Co
130 Newbury Street Neighborhood: Back Bay

DiPaolo & Rossi Meat Market
56 Salem St Neighborhood: North End

Salumeria Italiana
151 Richmond Street Neighborhood: North End

DePasquale's Homemade Pasta Shoppe
66A Cross Street, Boston Neighborhood: North End

Milano's Delicatessen
978 Saratoga Street Neighborhood: East Boston


Sakanaya, Fish Market
75 Linden Street Neighborhood: Allston


Mirim Oriental Groceries
152 Harvard Avenue Neighborhood: Allston

Latin America

El Sol Food Market
353 Chelsea Street Neighborhood: East Boston

Lolly's Bakery
158 Bennington Street Neighborhood: East Boston


Aguadilla Market
682 Tremont Street Neighborhood: South End

Middle Eastern

Garden Halal Meat
96 Blackston Street Neighborhood: North End

Droubi Bakery
4198 Washington Street Neighborhood: Roslindale


808 Dorchester Avenue, Boston Neighborhood: South Boston

Baltic European Deli
632 Dorchester Avenue Boston Neighborhood: South Boston


Bazaar on Cambridge Street
424 Cambridge Street Neighborhood: Allston


North Beacon Market
15 North Beacon Street Neighborhood: Allston


Syrian Grocery Importing Company
270 Shawmut Avenue Neighborhood: South End


Turkuaz Market
16 Brighton Avenue Neighborhood: Allston


Truong Thinh II Super Market
1305 Dorchester Avenue Neighborhood: Dorchester

Students can use their Suffolk ID card (also known as a "Ram Card") to purchase food on-campus and at many off-campus location. Once you add funds to your Ram Card, you can swipe your card as you would a debit card to purchase food.

Map of all Ram Account locations

On Campus

Cafe on the Common 150 Tremont 617-305-2511
Suffolk Cafe Donahue 617-573-8683
Cafe Three Miller Hall 617-305-2896
Smart Market Sawyer Cafe 617-573-8315
73 Tremont Cafe 73 Tremont St. 617-725-4160
The Hub 41 Temple St., 1st floor 617-994-4225
Laundry Facilities 10 West, 150 Tremont, Miller Hall
Art and Design Copiers Sawyer 617-573-8785
Sawyer Library Copier 73 Tremont St., 3rd floor 617-994-4225
Suffolk Bookstore 148 Cambridge St. 617-573-8218


Off Campus

D = Delivery

7-Eleven 125 Tremont St. 617-482-6209 D
7-Eleven 294 Washington St. 617-451-3599
Back Deck 2 West Street 617-670-0320
Boloco 176 Boylston St. 617-778-6772
Boston Brewin 45 Bromfield St. #105

Burger King 1 Center Plaza 617-228-9292
Burger King 128 Tremont St. 617-556-8299
Cafe Podima 156 Cambridge St. 617-227-4959 D
Crazy Dough’s Pizza 8 Park Plaza, City Place 617-391-0091
CVS 2 Center Plaza 617-523-3653
CVS 191 Cambridge St. 617-367-0441
CVS 218 Hanover St. 617-720-4935
CVS 55 Summer St. 617-426-2690
CVS 383 Washington St. 617-742-0783
CVS 631 Washington St. 617-338-0128
CVS 29 Winter St. 617-426-1351
Domino's Pizza 64 Staniford St. 617-248-0100 D
Fajitas & 'Ritas 25 West St. 617-426-1222
Fascino Salon and Spa 30 Tremont Street 617-367-2446
Fill-A-Buster 142 Bowdoin St. 617-523-8164
Griddler's Burgers & Dogs 204 Cambridge St. 617-973-0480
Lambert's Marketplace 140 Tremont St. 617-338-6500
Pauli's 65 Salem St. 857-284-7064 D
Piperi Mediterranean Grill 1 Beacon Street 617-227-7471 D
Primo's 28 Myrtle St. 617-742-5458 D
Sal's Pizza 150 Tremont St. 617-227-1010
Subway 144 Tremont St. 617-423-0355
UBURGER 140 Tremont St. 857-239-8080
Uptown Cafe 120 Cambridge St. 617-227-1181 D
Whole Foods Market 181 Cambridge St. 617-723-0004
Zen Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar 21A Beacon St. 617-371-1230

Suffolk offers meal plans for resident and commuter students. Students who live in on-campus University housing are required to participate in a Declining Balance Meal Plan.

Get more information about meal plans.

There are several cell phone providers conveniently located near Suffolk. Shop around, compare rates and services, and consider several important factors before you decide on a provider. Refer to the questions below when choosing your cell phone provider:

  • Are pre-paid plans available and is this a good option for you?
  • What are the rates for calls, text messages, data transfers, etc. Keep in mind cell phones in the U.S. charge for both incoming and outgoing calls and texts. There is usually an additional fee if you want to include wireless internet on your phone plan.
  • Is a deposit required to sign a contract? Will it be returned in full at the end of your contract?
  • If you have to terminate a contract early, will you be charged a penalty or lose your deposit?
  • Are you able to use your own phone or required to purchase a new phone? If you plan to use your own phone, be sure to obtain the code needed to “unlock” your phone for use abroad.

349 Washington St, Boston, MA ‎

39 Winter St, Boston, MA

375 Washington St, Boston, MA ‎

Verizon Wireless
340 Washington St, Boston, MA ‎

Email: Suffolk University makes individual email accounts available to all students, faculty and staff. You can access your Suffolk University email account on the Web to send and receive email, and configure it to meet your personal requirements. Suffolk o365 allows access to accounts through most Internet browsers from on- or off-campus.

If you do not remember your password or your password is not working, or if you have other questions about your email account, contact the Tech Service Desk at 617-557-2000.

WIFI: Suffolk University's wireless network is available in all buildings on campus allowing; students, faculty, staff and sponsored guests to access network resources. Students with compatible laptops, smartphones, and other handheld devices can roam within a wireless network service area and have access to the Internet, network printers, and their email.

Arranging health insurance should be one of the first things you do. Because of the high cost of medical care in the U.S., in the case of a serious illness or accident in particular, the expenses could cause great hardship. Everyone, no matter how brief the visit, needs to have health insurance coverage at all times, so plan before you arrive and beware of any potential gaps in your coverage.


All students must comply with immunization requirements. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) requires that all full time students, and all international students, submit certain required immunization records to their enrolled college or university. It is helpful to bring proof of immunizations and full medical records from your home country.

Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan

The Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) is a health insurance plan that meets a specific level of benefits as required by Massachusetts. If you are enrolled in at least 75 percent of a full-time curriculum you will be automatically enrolled in the SSHIP, although if you are already covered under an existing comparable U.S.-based insurance plan you can waive the SSHIP enrollment online.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students can live in Suffolk's residence halls or they can live off-campus. New first year and transfer students at Suffolk receive housing in Suffolk's residence halls by submitting a deposit with Undergraduate Admissions. After that first year, a room selection process is used for students who want to live in the residence halls.

Learn more about Suffolk's Residence Halls.

The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) can assist students who plan to live off-campus. OCHO helps students find off-campus housing, find a roommate, and sign a lease.

Learn more about the Off-Campus Housing Office.

Exchange Students

Exchange students can live in Suffolk's residence halls or they can live off-campus. In order to reserve a room in Suffolk's residence halls, exchange students must submit a $600.00 housing deposit with the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Learn more about Suffolk's Residence Halls.

The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) can assist students who plan to live off-campus. OCHO helps students find off-campus housing, find a roommate, and sign a lease.

Learn more about the Off-Campus Housing Office.

Graduate Students

There is no University housing for graduate students.The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) can assist students find off-campus housing, find a roommate, and sign a lease.

Learn more about the Off-Campus Housing Office.

Law Students

There is no university housing for law students.The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) can assist students find off-campus housing, find a roommate, and sign a lease.

Learn more about the Off-Campus Housing Office.

Your Suffolk ID Card (also known as a "Ram Card") identifies you as a member of the Suffolk University community. You should carry it at all times while you are on campus. You can pick up your ID card during orientation. You can also go to one of the following locations to get your Suffolk ID card:

  • Sawyer Lobby: 7:30 a.m. — 10:30 p.m. 7 Days a Week
  • Law School Lobby: 7:30 a.m. — 10:30 p.m. 7 Days a Week

In general, you should only carry a small amount of cash, in U.S. dollars, for the first week or two. Other than at international airports, it is often difficult and can be time-consuming to have foreign currency transferred to dollars, and the fees for such transactions are generally higher in the United States than abroad.

You should not carry large amounts of cash to pay for school tuition and fees, or at any time. Traveler's checks or credit/debit cards are much safer and almost universally accepted.

For other money purposes, you should open a bank account at a bank near Suffolk. The banking industry in the United States is highly regulated and very safe. Students often find that opening a checking account and learning how to use and write checks is the most suitable method of handling money and payments.

How to Open a Bank Account

Bring the following documents to the bank you are opening the account with:

  1. Suffolk ID Card (or acceptance letter)
  2. Passport
  3. Immigration Document (I-20 or DS-2019)
  4. Verification of local address

You do not need a Social Security Number (SSN). You will fill out a W-8, which is a statement of foreign residence in lieu of presenting a Social Security card.