Identity Miami For International Students

 

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Let our team be the first to welcome you to the United States! People with all different backgrounds identify with our student living community because we welcome everyone at our Miami apartments! Whether this is your first semester in the US or you’ve been here for years, let Identity Miami be a resource to you as you transition to the diverse and bustling culture of Miami. Below you’ll find some things to know when you move into our FIU housing:

How To Exchange Your Money For American Money

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you arrive in Miami is exchange your money for US Dollars. The Miami International Airport has options multiple Foreign Currency Exchange Booths located throughout the airport in Terminals D, E, F, G, H, and J. If you still have money you need to exchange when you arrive at your new student apartment in Sweetwater, you can easily walk to the Western Union on 107th Avenue.

Getting to Identity Miami From The Airport

When you arrive at Miami International Airport, you’ll have a few options for getting to Identity Miami. You can choose to use private transportation options like ridesharing or a taxi cab. Rideshare apps that are popular in the Miami area include Uber and Lyft. Taxis will be waiting outside of the airport to pick you up. In either case, request service to 400 SW 107th Ave.

If you’d prefer to take public transportation, you’ll want to take these directions. For more tips on using public transport in Miami, click here!

Where to Shop For Your Apartment

Your student apartment near FIU comes complete will come fully-furnished with items like large furniture, kitchen appliances, and designer finishes. For everything we don’t provide, there are plenty of options for household shopping:
 

Getting an American Cell Phone

Getting a cell phone can seem like a daunting task when you move to a new country. You’ll want to think about a few things. Remember the following things when getting a cellular device in the US:

  • If you get a contract with a cell phone company, you are going to be required to pay for the entire length of the contract. If you leave before your contract ends, you’ll probably have to pay a high “Early Termination Fee”.
  • Certain plans only allow you a set number of minutes per month, and overage minutes are charged at a higher rate. Check to see, for example, if nights and weekends are free. Some companies charge for all calls—outgoing and incoming—while some have free calling within their network. Text messages typically include an extra charge if they are not included in a plan.
  • Some companies ask for your proof of address to sign up for a contract. For example, you’ll need a letter that has been mailed to you at Identity Miami. Consider sending yourself a letter to Identity before you leave for the US so that you have mail which proves your new address.

Our recommendations for purchasing international cell phones and plans in the area are T-Mobile, Your Wireless, and Total Wireless.

Getting an American Bank Account

You’ll need a local checking account for a lot of your expenses, any possible earnings, and for any deposits. You’ll want to make sure that no matter what bank you choose to open a checking account with, they allow wire transfers, have in-language website options, and don’t charge you monthly fee. Banks close to our Miami student housing community that we’d recommend for international students include Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Where to Shop for Groceries

When it comes to grocery shopping, most international students want to find somewhere close and affordable. Luckily, Identity Miami is located in the perfect location that gives our residents plenty of options for grocery shopping. Some of the best options near our Miami apartments are below:

For students who’d like groceries delivered to them, there are many services which will do so. You can download the following apps to order groceries online and have them shipped to you:

Where to Go For Fun

Looking to have some fun during your time at Florida International University, but not quite sure what to do? You won't have to leave Identity Miami to have the time of your life: With a number of resident events and amazing amenity spaces designed for you to relax and socialize, you'll always be entertained. But there are plenty of options right outside Identity’s front door for fun too! Check out some fun things to do below:
 

  • Dolphin Mall – Visit this huge shopping center and find over 240 shops, a food court, movie theater and even a bowling alley! You can spend hours getting lost here!
  • Frost Art Museum – Interested in seeing some of the most amazing works created by Latin American artists? Visit the Frost Art Museum located on FIU’s campus.
  • Tamiami Park – Take advantage of Southern Florida’s incredible weather with all of the recreational activities available at Tamiami Park. There are tennis courts, a year-round swimming pool, and even a picnic shelter!
  • Wynwood - The city's center for culture, art, and fun, Wynwood is home to the iconic Wynwood Walls: a collection of murals and artworks that are known around the world.
  • Brickell - Brickell is the financial center of the city where towering sky rises overlook Biscayne Bay. Boutiques, dining, and galleries are on every corner. You'll never run out of things to do here.
  • The Beach - Nothing says Miami like the beach. There are countless beaches to visit in Miami and they are just a short Uber ride away from Identity!

Your Health

It’s important to be mindful of your health when studying internationally. At FIU, the Student Health Center is located on campus and welcomes all students. Don’t forget to make sure you have student health insurance either!

Contacting Your Consulate

If for some reason you need to get into contact with your foreign consulate in an emergency situation, you can find their contact information on this website. We also offer bilingual services in English and Spanish.

Qualifying for Your New Apartment at Identity Miami

You can find out if you qualify for an apartment at Identity Miami by filling out an application today! We do require that international students pay their last month’s rent at the time of signing their lease, so you’ll want to consider that before signing.