Before orientation week starts you will have time to go together with others to buy necessities for yourself and there are also two big convenient stores on campus where you can buy necessities. On campus there is also a Burger King, one small convenient store in the library, three or four cafés, a small bakery, one big cafeteria where you can find food for about 3-4000 won and then another cafeteria above Burger King. So Handong is almost like a small town for the students.
There are two Handong buses from campus to the city and the cost is about 800won each ride, which is super cheap. It takes about 10-15 minutes to town. There is a supermarket in the city in Hanaro mart and the Handong bus stops right outside of it. Many of my international friends went there to buy fruit and cereal, which was cheaper than the ones sold on campus. I myself didn’t go there as often.
On campus there is one library, called Ohseok, and then there are many study places in different buildings. I used to go off campus to cafés to study sometimes just to have a change of environment.
During orientation week we were put into different groups mixed with Korean freshmans who also were staying in I-House. The orientation week is called I-Hanst and during this week you’ll notice how community oriented Handong is, which was my favorite part about Handong. I don’t think there will be any space for you to feel left out because you will have multiple opportunities where you meet knew people and can make friends.
For orientation week you may need to bring some cash to pay for some expenses such as blankets and insurance (if you don’t have one already). If you don’t bring cash, you can always withdraw money on campus.