April 6, 2009

Diary of Asa: Temporary Housing

...the continuation of Diary of Asa: Looking for A Second Home in Minneapolis ^0^

Once I decided to stay in the university residence hall, a couple other questions came up in my head. "When could I move-in? If I could not move-in by the time I arrive in Minneapolis, what am I supposed to do? Where should I live temporarily before I move-in to my permanent house?"

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April 3, 2009

Diary of Asa: Looking for A Second Home in Minneapolis

...the continuation of Diary of Asa: Preparing Departure to the US Part 2 ^0^

To Do List:

1. Enrollment confirmation: done.
2. Student visa: in process.
3. Expenses and tuition payment plan: done.
4. Immunization record: done.
5. Initiate my university email account: done.
6. Packing: half done.
7. Housing options: ???

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March 21, 2009

How to Choose Your Meal Plan?

When new students sign up for the residential housing, you are required to choose a meal plan. However, I know that it's quite difficult to figure out which plan is the best fit for you since you still can't estimate your needs. Plus, you don't know how your life will be and how your class schedule will be. is some advice.

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February 27, 2009

What's it like to live in the dorm?

Many new international students may be considering living in one of the residence hall of the university right now, and many of them may have a lot of questions regarding dorm life. I am living in Middlebrook Hall, one of the residence hall right now, so I can apparently the question above very well. Let's find out what's it like.


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December 1, 2008

Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative (Great Place to Live on Campus)

If you're admitted students of U of M, and
If you're in graduate programs,
Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative (CTC) is one of the nicest places to live on Campus.

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November 11, 2008

Where to live? My experience

Before I started my studies I spent quite some time looking close to the University campus for a place to live. I remember I was so I-don’t-know-what-I-should-be-looking-for that I had to spend sometime first thinking about what it would be convenient for a newly international student like me. After thinking about it for a while I finally got an idea of what I needed! Yay! I remember something that also helped me a lot: the University (I think it was the ISSS itself) provided us international students a list of places that we can opt to visit and maybe later think and decide whether to sign a lease with them.


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November 5, 2008

Initial experiences of an International Student~

I was very excited, a few days before starting for USA from my home country, as I was travelling out of my home country for the first time. I was little apprehensive about finding a place to live in Minneapolis, that along with my excitement of going to a foreign country made me start my journey 3 weeks before the classes actually started. It took me days to figure out what my baggage should consist of as I had to follow the weight limitations imposed on the baggage by the airline authorities. I now know why they call Knapsack problem difficult after taking my Advanced Algorithms classes. And the day arrived, but it wasn’t an easy day for and I felt the journey to be much longer and tiresome than I expected. I took a train from my hometown to Hyderabad, and flew from Hyderabad to Mumbai, took a connecting flight from Mumbai to Chicago via London and finally another flight from Chicago to Minneapolis. The entire journey took more than 48 hours. And all I could do after reaching Minneapolis is sleeping for one complete day.

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November 3, 2008

Find Furniture

When we think of moving in a new place, we need to find furniture.

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April 7, 2008

University Residence Hall or off-campus housing?

You might be wondering what it is like to live off-campus? how to search for an apartment? and so many other questions in your head. Well, here i am sharing my personal experience to help you to decide.

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University Residence Hall or off-campus housing?

My personal experience in living in university residence hall. Now i want to live in dorm but my brother joined me so i need to live in apartment off campus.

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March 26, 2008

feel troublesome? just ask for help!

Hey, everyone, I just got back from Florida. The weather there was wonderful. Everything was like in a beautiful dream. However it is time to come back to the real life in Minnesota!

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March 8, 2008

where to live off-campus?

To find where to live while studying in the University of Minnesota is the most important thing before leaving for the US. A good place to live not only means a high productivity but also means a happy mood everyday. There are many options that you can choose from. If you are not ready for living completely independent, then living on campus is better; while if you want to explore more, then I would suggest you living off campus.

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March 7, 2008

Dorms or not?!

Dormitory is always where freshman and International Students stay when they first come here. Living in the dorms is always a good chance for you to learn more about American Culture. And of course, I am living in one of the dorms right now...

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March 6, 2008

Second Home

Anxious, sixes and sevens, sleepless… if you think I am describing symptoms of some mental illness, you are probably wrong. Actually that was what I felt like right before I left for the US.

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Where to live

Since becoming a University of Minnesota student, I have had experience living in a few different types of housing arrangements. I have lived in University owned housing, a high scale apartment building right in the middle of campus and, as of a month ago, am now living in a three person house just off campus. My freshman year I lived at University Village, which is a University owned apartment building. It is filled mainly with freshmen, and there are actually a lot of University of Minnesota Student-Athletes that live there as well. For the next two and a half years after that, I lived in Keeler apartments, which was a seperately owned apartment building right in the middle of campus, but in January of this year, I moved out, and in the following entry I would like to talk a little bit about this transition....

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