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Arriving at TSRI

Helpful Resources

» Exchange Visitor Program Welcome Brochure - For J-1 visa holders (PDF)

» Guides for Getting Settled (PDF): California | Florida

» International Scholar Relocation Quick Tips
Primarily for California scholars, however includes helpful information for Florida scholars as well.

» I-94 Admission Document Retreival This is the record of your admission to the U.S. Please verify that your record is correct upon entry to the U.S.


The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is primarily a postdoctoral institution and is not setup to provide living arrangements for students and scholars.

Craigslist is often used to find an apartment, however, please be cautious and aware that some Craigslist ads are scams. For more information on scams and how to avoid them visit:

Our CA location is close to the University of California, San Diego, which means that there are many apartment and living options available. In addition, Anatolia Corporate Housing provides fully furnished rental properties in La Jolla for short-term or longer stays (30 days to 2 years).

Our FL location is close to Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  They sometimes have rooms available for short term temporary housing.  Please contact FAU directly at or

TSRI's Graduate School also provides information on finding accommodations.  Please see La Jolla, CA or Jupiter, FL.

Below is a list of additional housing search websites that might be useful:

Apartment List

International Services Office Check-in

Upon arrival at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), all international students and scholars MUST report to the International Services Office to check-in on or before their first day. Students and scholars receiving funds from TSRI cannot be placed on payroll until they have completed the I-9 Employment Eligibility process in the International Services Office.

Individuals in F and J visa status:
The F and J programs require F-1 students and J-1 scholars to enter the U.S. and report to the International Services Office no earlier than 30 days before the start date on the I-20 or DS-2019 form and no later than 30 days after entering the U.S. Labs should inform the International Services Office of a scholar's travel arrangements and any changes.


Orientation is hosted by the Human Resources Department and provides information about the available resources and policies at TSRI. Contact the Human Resources Department for more detailed information.

Getting Around

San Diego/La Jolla California

California Department of Motor Vehicles
San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service

Jupiter Florida

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles
Palm Tran
Tri Rail


Most of the U.S. observes Daylight Savings time changes. In March we move our clocks ahead 1 hour. In November we move them back 1 hour.

California Standard Time is GMT -8 (-7 during Daylight Savings)

Florida Standard Time is GMT -5 (-4 during Daylight Savings)

World Clock

Additional Resources

Inside Scripps Research

Human Resources
Career & Postdoctoral Services Office

Outside Scripps Research

Social Security Administration
California Local Schools
Florida Local Schools
International Postdoc Survival Guide (National Postdoc Association)
San Diego Official Visitor Planning Guide 
Discover Palm Beach County Florida

Visas & Immigration

Exchange Visitor (J-1) Program
Study in the States
U.S. Consulates Abroad
U.S. Visa Application Form
SEVIS Fee Payment Information
Foreign Consulates in the U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Services
Immigration Timelines & Case Updates


Income Tax Information