Living in Miami

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

Guide Books

  • 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, Randall C. Robinson Jr., and James F. Donnelly. 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)


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. If you have stuff you cannot part with, here are some moving and storage options:

Moving Containers
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.

Door-to-Door, (888) 366-7222
Mayflower Portable Storage & Moving Containers, (877) 670-6061

Self-Storage & Moving Trucks
U-Haul, (800) 468-4285

Local Movers
Good place to start is Yelp, but here’s a company that a student used and liked:

Pierre Byers Moving Company, (954) 494-2664

Car Transport
Direct Express Auto Transport, (800) 600-3750

Shipping Companies
This is just a small selection of shipping companies that operate in Miami. You’ll want to research your options and make sure the company provides the service you need.

Amtrak Express Shipping, (800) 368-TRAK – A freight shipping service
DHL, FedEx, and UPS
United States Postal Service (Media Mail) – Good for shipping books

Major Van Lines
Allied, (855) 556-3451
Mayflower, (877) 720-4066
North American, (855) 556-3450


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.

Local Hotels

Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list and book local accommodations. You’ll find options to rent a full house or apartment, or maybe just a guest cottage