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Welcome to Seol's Pre-Campus Life 101

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Welcome back!
I wanted to talk a little bit about two things before I tell you all about how fun the school life, and campus life!
Two things are...
1. What should I do?! I just arrived at the airport!
2. Mr. Housing and Residential life, where should I live?

So before we jump right into the campus life 101, let me tell you my first day at U.
I still remember the day I came to U of M. It was night when I arrived here from South Korea, and I was lucky that I had somebody who helped me to move in. But I know many International students don't have any relatives or friends to ask when they first arrive at St. Paul International Airport (MSP). So how can they come to campus? Of course there are many options of taking bus, train, or taxi, but there is another option, better option, that you can choose!

Gopher Chauffeur is a good way to arrive on campus free. The program is through Boynton health service . This program, unfortunately, is only available right before the semester begins. For more informational, you can contact Julie Sanem, Advisor( At least now, you don't have to worry how to get here.

Now you are arrived on campus, do you have any specific resident hall or apartment on your mind? If you do not, don't worry! We have plenty places where students can live. We have Bailey Hall (St. Paul campus), Comstock Hall (East bank), Middlebrook hall (West bank), Sanford Hall, Centennial Hall (SuperBlock), Frontier Hall (SuperBlock, freshman-only living), Pioneer Hall (SuperBlock), and Territorial Hall (SuperBlock, freshman-only living) as a residential hall. We also have on campus apartment buildings, and University Village, Roy Wilkins Hall, and Mark G. Yudof Hall are the apartment buildings. Every buildings have unique advantages, and as for the International student I would strongly suggest to go over each website. If you are arriving earlier, then Centennial hall has International Reception Center program where you can apply to make reservations to stay there for several nights. I believe the cost is $21 per night, and it is better to stay there. I myself arrived U this year one week earlier for pre-welcome week training for welcome week leaders (through OFYP- orientations and first-year programs). I had many suitcases, and I wasn't feeling comfortable going hotel by myself. Besides hotels can be very expensive... One thing that I recommend is that when you choose where to live, make sure whether your-choice residential hall opens during breaks. If you live in apartment, you don't have to worry, but each residential hall has different schedule of opening. For example, Middlebrook hall opens during winter break without any additional cost, but comstock hall isn't. I attached the file Detail information.pdf that you can review the appropriate information regarding to this (p. 23&24). So please check out if you are interested in! :-)

One quick note: you can preview the meal plan and board rate by going... here!

I hope you found great help from here!
The weather is getting cooler, so take care and don't forget to visit us back later for campus life 101!

bailey copy.jpg Bailey
jpg Middlebrook
sanford.jpg Sanford
UofM_Centennial-221Thum-9774.jpg Centennial
2.jpgRoy Wilkins Hall
yudof.jpgYudof hall
...and finally University Village!

Please understand that I couldn't find the right images for super-block...

Choosing a living place is a great great deal.
Before I started my college life at the U in Spring, I had been told that there were no dorm rooms left. Then, I lived off-campus and commuted a long way to the campuses - taking two buses for one hour to get to the campus. Yes, I was so excited to move out!

I want to talk about off-campus housing here since it is difficulty for people who live far away from the Twin Cities, and of course outside the U.S., to find living places outside the campus. Please keep in mind that this information is just a few of many ways to find living places, but I hope this will give you some ideas.

How to search?

1. Go to "The Housing and Residential Life" Website
One their website, there is a page which explains off-campus housing.
I think that this page gives you ideas about how much you should expect to pay for rent, some criteria for choosing, temporary housing, etc.
They also have a section where you can search for off-campus housing.

2. Check "Craigslist"
Craigslist is another good place to look at. Craigslist is also very useful for finding good deals on furniture or other necessities.

3. Visit actual locations
Often there are flyers posted on the bulletin board of apartments. People sometimes look for somebody to take over their place or roommates in this way. If you have specific places in mind, it is a good idea to go and check if there are anyone looking for roommates or subleases. Always make sure to meet a person who posted the flyer and check a room.

Also, followings are some points to look at when you search for housing!

Points to check before deciding!

These are a few of many points to ask yourself when searching for housing:
- Is it close or easy to get to the campuses?
- Do campus connectors (free bus that connect all the campuses) stop nearby?
- Are bus stops close?
- Is it close to grocery shops?
- Is the place safe?
- Is your roommate/s reliable and/or have similar living patterns?
- Does the rent include parking (if you have a car)? If not, how close is the nearby parking ramp and how much?
- Is the room furnished? (If not, you have to buy or find furniture)
- What is the duration of the contract? Check the ending date!

Must-do when you move in!!
- Check for any items, amenities or facilities and get them repaired before moving in!
- Take pictures with date for records!
- Document repair requests if necessary!

These look overreactive, but there are cases that students are charged a huge amount of money when they move out even though they are not their fault. Remember that renting a place involves legal issues. It is important to keep records of your room at the beginning to prevent yourself from any unexpected charges.

Thank you so much for reading this looong post!
Just to remind you that these are just examples. There are many ways to find a living place, so keep your eyes open!


Good luck on finding a best place for you and please feel free to ask me questions!!
I will see you later~

Before you leave

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Hello future U of M students.
Summer is really close. I hope you are exited for it because I am. If you guys didn't confermed your enrolment, please do it as soon as possible because you have time until May first. It would be smart to start thinking where you will be living during school year. I personally think that living on campus your freshmen year is a great idea. If you want to live in one of the dorms, we will have to apply for on campus housing. The deadline is May 1st. Another option is to arrive some time in advance and to find a place to live. Those days when you will be looking for an apartment the cheapest place to live will be a dorm. You need to reserve a room in advance.

I am sure you want to do many things until you leave for college, so stop procrastinating. The close to flight time the busier you will get.

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