Student Life in Minnesota Information and resources on relocating to Minnesota, including housing, climate, media, transportation and driver's license information can be found here. Housing + More There is no on-campus housing available at any of our locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, but the Winona Campus has limited housing and a variety of meal plan options for graduate students. Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Students will need to find housing off campus. Below are some websites that will aid the search for housing: Apartments Rent Craigslist MyApartmentMap ApartmentList ApartmentSearch LiveLovely You may also find apartment listings within the local newspapers at: Minneapolis Star-Tribune St Paul Pioneer Press The average rental price of a one bedroom apartment in the Twin Cities is approximately $845 per month. Winona Campus Residence halls offer single rooms only. The University does not have family housing available. Space is limited and rooms are assigned on a first come basis. To explore on campus housing options for Winona based graduate programs please contact the Office of Residence Life: 700 Terrace Heights #9 Winona, MN 55987 Phone: (507) 457-1409 (800) 635-5987 ext. 1409 firstname.lastname@example.org The Office of Residence Life is located in room 14 in the Toner Student Center. The office is staffed during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) throughout the academic year and summer months. Off-campus housing options in Winona may be found using MyApartmentMap. Minnesota Climate One of the greatest attractions to living in Minnesota is the four distinct seasons.+ More In warm months, Minnesota residents can be found on the one of our 10000 lakes, riding their bicycles on our miles of bike trails, camping at numerous state and county parks or attending outdoor festivals. In colder months, Minnesota residents turn their attention to skiing or sledding. Average monthly temperature: Month Degrees Fahrenheit Degrees Celsius January 11.8 -11.2 February 17.9 -7.8 March 31.0 0 April 46.4 8.0 May 58.5 14.7 June 68.2 20.1 July 73.6 23.1 August 70.5 21.3 September 60.5 15.8 October 48.8 9.3 November 33.2 0.6 December 17.9 -7.8 Current weather in Minneapolis Current weather in Winona Media Information on local news and events in Minneapolis, Rochester, and Winona+ More The additional links are provided so that you may begin to explore Minnesota and its diverse community. City of Minneapolis City of St. Paul City of Winona City of Rochester State of Minnesota CityPages Rake Magazine Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Minnesota Public Radio Hmong Times Latino Midwest News Somali Press Women's Press Post Bulletin (Rochester) Winona Daily News Transportation + More Public Transportation Metro Transit serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Winona Transit System serves Winona. Rochester City Lines serves Rochester. Airport Transportation Rochester The Go Rochester Direct shuttle service provides students with transportation from the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport to several locations in the Rochester area. Winona The Go Carefree Shuttle service is available to provide students with transportation from the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport to the Toner Center on the Winona Campus. Twin Cities There are multiple modes of ground transportation from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, including taxis, light rail, rental cars, and bus services. For more information check out http://www.mspairport.com/GroundTransportation.aspx, also located on the site are pages on how-to access these forms of transportation. Driver's License + More Obtaining a Minnesota State ID and a Driver’s License Students not wanting to obtain a driver’s license while attending SMU can obtain a Minnesota State I.D. for primary identification purposes. The ID card cannot replace the Driver’s License that permits you to drive in the United States. To obtain a Minnesota State I.D.: Bring your passport, social security number, I-94 record, I-20 and/or other identification documents along with the current fee; Your primary identification document must contain your full legal name (first, middle and last), and month, date and year of your birth; If your full name is different than the name on your primary document, you must also present proof of your legal name change(s) such as marriage/ divorce certificates and other documents that specify the name change. Please view the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles website to find the closest location to obtain your state ID To obtain a Minnesota Driving License: You must pass a knowledge test, vision check and road test even if you have a valid driver's license from your home country. Knowledge tests are available at driver exam stations and consists of multiple choice and true & false questions on traffic laws and road signs. Vision checks are conducted when you apply for a driving permit or a license. A road test requires you to make an appointment at the driver exam stations. During the test, you must have: a proper identification document; your own vehicle to take the test; proof of insurance for your vehicle. Having passed the tests, you need to present copies of results, appropriate identification documents, and previous driver’s licenses at a local driving exam station where you will pay the fees and have a photo taken. Please view the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles website to find the closest location to begin the process in obtaining your driver’s license.