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Useful Websites

The information below is intended assist in answering common questions students have about living in the US as well as to provide information about events and activities. Please note that VIU does not endorse or claim an affiliation with any of the sites or companies listed below. This list has been compiled only as a resource for students.

Airport Service Options Taxi Service Options
  • Uber- on-demand car service that allows you to request private drivers through applications for iPhone and Android devices. It is very convenient and cheap and is reliable.
  • Taxi Fare Finder - Estimates your taxi fare anywhere, anytime.

    Fairfax County Taxicab- make a reservation in advance
  • Fairfax Red Top Cab-
    Hours: 24 hours a week Phone: (703)333-333
  • Fairfax Yellow Cab
    Hours: 24 hours a week Phone: (703) 534-1111
Bus Service Social Security Card
  • Smartrip- you will need the card when taking buses and metros. Make sure you take one dollar bills with you, buses doesn’t have access to give you change.
    Where to get card: Online or mail, at select CVS/pharmacy, Giant Food and Safeway stores in the region that display the SmarTrip sign, Metro Sales Offices, SmarTrip® dispensers at Metrorail stations, and regional transit stores. 
    Smart Trip Cards
    How much does it costs: you can find the Smartrip card for $2. Each trip costs around $1.75, which you need to charge the Smartrip card in the bus machine. If you use the buses within 2 hours, you won’t be charged again.
  • Phone Applications- download Transit App, Next Bus, DC Metro and Bus on you smartphones whenever you need information on schedules of public transportations.
    Local Bus Systems

Banks Telephone Providers
Driver’s License and Car Insurance Apartment Amenities

Car Insurance

Grocery Stores Shopping
Daycares in the Area Local Schools in the Area

VIU does not offer on-sight daycare for children who are not in school. Below are a list of daycares that are near the university

The school your child would go to often depends on where you live. Here are the names of local schools in the area near VIU.

Events Local Churches, Synagogues and Temples