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Cell Phones

International Student Services

» Getting a Cell Phone

Upon arriving at Chapman University, one of the first things students do is arrange their cell phone and service provider.

International students usually do not have a credit history or social security number in the USA. Therefore, some cell phone providers may charge a deposit of up to $500 to start your post-paid monthly plan.

We recommend you explore all options available including the pre-paid plans. Unlike certain countries, cell phone providers in the USA may have fixed-term (e.g. two years) contracts.

The following are service providers available in the vicinity of Chapman University:

Near Orange Campus

125 S. Main St. STE A
Orange, CA 92868       
(714) 538-5700

1615 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92867       
(714) 938-3500

Metro PCS
229 S. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867       
(714) 771-1775

1449 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868       
(714) 385-1730

T-Mobile Irvine Spectrum
146 S. Main St., #4A
Orange, CA 92868       
(714) 938-0779

691 S. Main St., Ste 80
Orange, CA 92868       
(714) 564-0050


Near Rinker Campus

Verizon Irvine Spectrum
649 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618

T-Mobile Irvine Spectrum
504 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618

Walmart (for T-Mobile + economical shopping)
71 Technology Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618


International Student Services provides general guidance. Any advice provided to you by the ISS should not be construed as legal advice.

Additionally, due to the fluid nature of governmental interpretation, government agencies such as USCIS/ICE/CBP may change their interpretation of immigration laws/regulations and eligibility requirements for benefits at any time. We will do our best to provide the most current guidance.

Each case is fact-specific and it is advised that you contact an experienced immigration attorney if you have questions regarding your situation.