Before You Start
Accept Your Formal Offer
Once a faculty member submits a hiring request, the Postdoctoral Affairs Office invites you to apply for the position, then makes you a formal offer through our hiring system.
- Read your offer letter carefully. It contains important information, including your job title, start date, starting salary, and more. Start dates may change due to visa application or other delays.
- Electronically sign and submit the offer letter to accept your appointment.
- After accepting the offer, you will approve a background check. Once started, the background check can take up to two weeks to complete.
Create a Monthly Budget
UT Southwestern postdocs receive an annual stipend based on NIH NRSA Stipend Levels that can vary by type of postdoctoral experience and years of seniority. Plan to arrive in Dallas ready to support yourself with at least two to three months’ worth of living expenses. Keep in mind that you may need to budget for the upfront cost of furniture, housewares, or a car. Expect your initial paycheck on the first day of the month after your start date. Your ability to purchase a car or home may depend on your “credit score”.
|Expense Type||Estimated Cost|
|Rent and Utilities||$1,200-$1,800|
|Insurance premiums||$30-$70 (Varies: some postdocs provide coverage for family members)|
|Retirement fund contribution||$300|
|Taxes||Varies by filing status/tax treaty|
|Child care (if applicable)||$800-$1,200|
Download the budget worksheet from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
See the UT Southwestern Student Housing Survey as a guide to typical housing arrangements for current trainees. You can also find information about nearby apartment complexes and neighborhoods in the Postdoc Handbook.
The Med Park Apartments, our campus housing, have a few 2-bedroom apartments available for temporary housing at a cost of $2090 per month. They are completely furnished, including towels, bed linens, and kitchen equipment; all utilities, including telephone; cable television; weekly housekeeping services; and a 24-hour fitness center. The application can be completed and returned by APTManager@UTSouthwestern.edu.
Apartments.com and Zillow.com are among some of the most popular housing search websites.
To rent furniture, contact Cort Furniture Rental. Although costly, this service can help you get started in a new home or apartment. Be sure to ask about a discount for UT Southwestern employees. Current trainees are often selling used furniture as they leave. Be sure to budget for the upfront cost of furniture rental or purchase.
Contact the Postdoctoral Affairs Office to be partnered with a UT Southwestern “buddy” who can share advice about moving to the Dallas area.
When you first arrive, a hotel may be your first destination. Discounts may be available. Show your offer letter to local hotels and ask about our UT Southwestern employee discount.
Popular nearby options include:
- Element Dallas Love Field – This location offers a kitchenette.
- Aloft Dallas Love Field – This location is close to UT Southwestern but does not provide any perks outside of your typical hotel services.
- Sonesta ES Suites Dallas Market Center – Each oversized suite features a fully equipped kitchen. You’ll also enjoy laundry on site, free wireless high-speed internet, free parking, and complimentary daily “grab and go” breakfast. UT Southwestern Medical Center hotel booking link.
For a comprehensive listing of hotels in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas, consult the Visit Dallas website. Market Center and Love Field are the closest neighborhoods to UT Southwestern.
More Tips for New Arrivals
- Dallas offers public transportation including buses and DART rail, which is expanding, but most postdocs recommend having a car.
- You can find information to apply for a Texas driver’s license here.
- International postdocs should review Before You Arrive information from the International Affairs Office.
- Keep your PI, department administrator, Postdoc Office, and International Office (if applicable) informed of your arrival date.
Congratulations on getting started!
See what’s next upon arrival.