Well, first day of orientation is done. I didn't apply for a SSN, I didn't get a bank account, I didn't get a phone, I did miss an amazing number of exits coming back to downtown and ended up with a 90 minutes commute.
Tomorrow another half day of orientation and then finally set up with my machine, cardkey and all the network credentials. By tomorrow night I should be able to get online in a vaguey consistent manner (i.e., no stealing someone else's unsecured wireless connection in this building).
I think I need a bit more time before figuring out this city.