Moving to Miami
Moving here from somewhere else can be a bit of a shock as Miami really isn’t like any other city. There are, however, things that you can do to ease the transition. Many of the students visited Miami before moving out here. This helped them decide where to live, and gave them more of a feel for the place. If you can’t afford this, here are some helpful reading materials to help you get acquainted
Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys (Regional Travel Guide) by Adam Karlin, 2012
Frommer’s South Florida: With the Best of Miami and the Keys by Lesley Abravanel. 2012
Time Out Miami and the Florida Keys (Time Out Guides). 2013
Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide Featuring Downtown, the Beaches, and Coconut Grove by Allan T. Shulman y al, 2010
Michelin Miami and the Keys (Like a Local) by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
AAA Tourbook South Florida by American Automobile Association (free for AAA members)
Moving and Shipping
As you start to plan your move to Miami, you’ll likely have stuff to bring with you. If you can sell some of your non-essentials that will make your move cost less. Depending on the distance you are moving, it may be cheaper to sell your furniture and save on moving costs then buy new or used items here. If you have stuff you cannot part with, here are some moving and storage options:
These are great if you have a moderate amount of stuff. Anything and everything that fits in the box, ships for one price. Generally they deliver the box, you pack and load it, and they pick it up and ship it you.
Self-Storage & Moving Trucks
Good place to start is Yelp
Major Van Lines
Where to Stay on Arrival
If you have no one to stay with or have not been able to make housing arrangements before you arrive, here is a link to a list of hotels the University of Miami has negotiated a discount rate.