<p>corey91 and IntelQ...
no, you do not need a wachovia account to have an expense account. flex money is used ONLY for food on campus, but it can mean a fast food place in lenoir hall or buying candy at the student store, as long as it is food. expense cannot be used off campus anywhere, but you can use it for anything on campus, laundry, books, food, coffee, printing etc (although you get $40 of printing funds automatically on your onecard).
your basic onecard can be used to access flex or expense money, or you can have a onecard attached to a wachovia account that you can use as a regular debit card in addition to flex and expense. i didn't have a wachovia card, i just had a separate bank account with a different bank, but i didn't mind keeping up with the 2 different cards, so its up to you, a TON of people get the wachovia accounts. </p>
<p>and just a heads up on the meal plans, the blocks of meals, like 150 per semester or whatever, you will often have extra meals left over and you can use them to swipe your friends in, if you get the 14 per week or whatever, you can't. </p>
the kitchens on south campus vary. most of the dorms only have one for a whole floor and some of the smaller dorms (maybe just on north campus) share kitchens between 2 floors, and in some cases a floor is quite a lot of students. the equipment varies from old to newish (but i lived there 4 years ago). they have a stove, ice machine, microwave, and sink. nothing special, if you want utensils or anything you have to bring them with you. it is nice to cook sometimes in the kitchens, but it can be a pain/time consuming without everything being right at hand like in your kitchen at home. </p>
<p>a last note on the expense account...do not stress out about putting enough money for laundry (or whatever) on your card for the whole semester, there are little ATM type things in places like the libraries where you can put in cash and it goes directly to your expense account to use immediately.</p>