Accessing money from home
The easiest and safest way to access money from home is to use a debit, or ATM card, to withdraw money from your bank account in your home country. However, there will likely be fees from both your home bank and the bank that owns the ATM. On-campus ATMs are located in the Kansas Memorial Union, Wescoe Hall, Ambler Student Rec Center, and Lewis Hall.
It is not common for banks in small to medium sized towns in the U.S. to exchange currency from other countries. However, if you do bring some cash in your home currency, you can exchange it in Lawrence at Intrust Bank, located at 901 Vermont St. Please note that this can sometimes take a long time to complete. You can also bring money in the form of traveler’s checks, which can be changed for cash at most banks. Expect fees to be charged when you exchange money or use traveler’s checks.
Commerce Bank, a regional bank, has a location in the Kansas Union here at KU. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. There is also a branch at the Dillons store located just south of campus at the corner of 23rd Street and Naismith Drive. Commerce Bank has on-campus ATMs in the Kansas Union, Wescoe Hall, Ambler Rec Center, and Lewis Hall. If you are here for a longer program, we will help you open an account at this bank.
Beak’Em Bucks is cash alternative that you load onto your KUID card. Beak’Em Bucks are needed to print on campus or do laundry in on-campus residence halls (not Naismith Hall). They can also be used for purchases at the KU Bookstore, on-campus food courts such as the Market (3rd floor, Kansas Union), or even at certain restaurants and retail locations in Lawrence. To see a list of where you can use your Beak’Em Bucks go to https://kucard.ku.edu/off-campus.
You can purchase Beak’Em Bucks online using a credit card (see http://kucard.ku.edu/recharge-online for how to do this) or with cash. To purchase Beak’Em bucks with cash, take your cash and your KUID card to the cash to card machine, which is located on the 4th floor of the Kansas Union between the bank and the KU Card center. Beak’Em Bucks are not refundable if unused, so make sure to only purchase what you need. Black and white copies cost $0.08 per page (1 sided) and color pages are $0.48 (1 sided). Laundry in on-campus residence halls (not Naismith Hall) costs $1.50 per load for washing and $1.50 per load for drying.