Always plan on a little more money than you think you might need for incidentals. You may be surprised at the cost of parking, taxis, porters, and food. You also should not assume that you can use a debit or credit card. It may be embarrassing to have to borrow money from the director of admissions to get your car out of the parking garage.
This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.