HCC Student Handbook

The HCC Student Handbook is a great place for you to find answers to some of your questions about living in Minnesota. Inside you will find advice on how to get a credit card, cell phone, driver's license and MORE. Our online handbook is below.

HCC学生手册为你提供一些关于住在明尼苏达州的问题的答案。在里面你会发现了解如何获得信用卡,手机,驾驶执照和更多的建议。

This handbook is intended to provide new students, scholars and their families with useful information about living in Minnesota. Because it is good to be informed, we highly recommend that you read through everything in this pamphlet, especially for finance related issues, in order to make the best decisions regarding your specific circumstances. This handbook may serve as a reference for you.

本手册旨在为新生、学者及家人提供在明州生活的相关信息。我们建议你仔细阅读手册,特别是一些金融财务相关的信息,以便根据自身情况做出最佳选择。本手册内容仅作参考。

 

****How to get a cell phone/ landline? ****

Many wireless service companies require you to have a SSN and a good credit history in order to enroll in their wireless contract. For this reason, many new students share a “family plan” with others. However, there are also companies that offer pre-paid or deposit-based services that do not require a SSN. For details, check with local wireless shops (in Walmart/Target or in shopping malls) or online at www.amazon.com => Electronics and Computers=> Cell phones & Accessories. Most phone people brought from China can be used in USA too. You just need to get a phone card from carrier like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Also, one company: http://freedompop.com/ offers an affordable cell phone service (we do not endors them; we just point you there as a reference.)

Landline?

If you do not have a phone, you may use the public phones on campus (usually at the entrance of every building) to make a free phone call within the metro area. Dial 8 and then the phone number. (Note: Sometimes your lab/office phone can make a long distance phone call to other states. Using a long distance phone card is also possible.)

****样购买手机/座机****

多数手机公司需要你有社会安全号码(SSN)以及良好的信用记录才能购买手机使用合同(contract plan)。因此,很多新生选择加入老生的family plan(利用老生的信用记录)。但是也有一些公司提供预付话费的手机服务(pre-paid cell phone service)或者是缴纳押金的合同服务。详情请询问手机服务商店(一般在沃尔玛和购物中心可以找到)或者上网查询。(www.amazon.com=> electronics=> Cell phones & Service ). 大部分从中国带来的电话可以直接使用, 你只需要从本地运营商T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon买到电话芯片。

座机

当你没有电话的时候,可以使用学校内的公用电话(一般在建筑的入口处)免费拨打市内电话。拨号前加拨8。 备注:即使你的办公室/实验室电话能够拨打外州,也最好避免使用这些电话打长时间的长途电话。如果需,可以考虑使用长途电话卡。)

****How to get a driver’s license?****

First, you must pass the knowledge test to get a learners permit. You can find a driver’s manual, which is the book to prepare for the knowledge test, at any test station or or online at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx. If you'd like to practice for the test, DrivingOffice.com provide online quizzes that are helpful for the actual exams. You are not required to make an appointment in order to take the knowledge test, but you should bring your passport and legal status documents (I-20/DS-2019/I-797 etc). If you would like a translation service, you can find it at China Center http://www.chinacenter.umn.edu/services. For J2 visa holders who have EAD, a passport and EAD is sufficient and therefore the marriage certificate is not required. We usually have print out driver manual for you at HCC.

****样获得驾照?****

首先需要通过笔考获得学习驾照。准备路考所用的复习资料称为driver manual, 可以免费从考点获得或者从网上下载http://www.dps.state.mndriveinfro.org。如需练习笔考,DrivingOffice.com 提供比较接近实际考题的网上练习题。笔考不需要预约。请携带护照和身份有效文件(I-20/DS-2019/I-79)。如果是探亲/陪读身份,还需要携带英文并且有照片的结婚证明(如果需要翻译结婚证书,可以去中国中心http://www.chinacenter.umn.edu/services)。对于有工卡的J2签证,持护照和工卡即可,不需要结婚证明。华夏之家有打印版的驾驶手册你可以领取。

Test stations /  笔考考点:

ST PAUL

445 Minnesota St. (Downtown) St. Paul, MN 55101

651-639-4057

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

周一至周五 早8:00至晚3:45

Once you have earned the learner’s permit, you can purchase a car and learn to drive (though you must be supervised by a person with a driver license when practicing driving, and the vehicle you use must be insured.) You are permitted to take the road test once your learner’s permit has been issued for 3 months. If you already have a driver’s license from China, you can take the road test sooner. You will receive your driver’s license after passing the road test, for which an appointment is required. For more information, please refer to your driver manual and the website of Driver and Vehicle Services http://www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/.

MINNEAPOLIS

2929 Chicago Avenue Suite 50, MN 55407

651-688-1870

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:45p.m.

周一至周五 早9:00至晚4:45

获得学习驾照之后,你就有资格买车或者学习开车了。(学习开车必须在有驾照的人的陪同下,并且所使用的车辆必须有保险。)在拿到学习驾照的三个月后才可以参加路考。如果你有中国驾照,则可以很快就参加路考。路考通过后即可获得驾照。路考需预约。具体信息请参照driver manual以及交通管理部门的官方网站https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx.

Tax information
Taxes can be a nuisance in April. Fortunately, International Student and Scholar Services offers helpful tax information and free tax-filing software. You do not want to miss out on this wonderful resource.  http://isss.umn.edu/taxes/default.html Check tabs at the left side of the page. It’s important to file the tax for the record purpose.

税务信息

每年四月份的报税是最让人头疼的一件事。所幸明大国际学生办公室(ISSS)提供详尽的报税指导和免费软件。请参阅 http://isss.umn.edu/taxes/default.html。页面左边的标签里有很多有用的信息。报税是很重要的记录。

****Housing information****

We courage you start to look for house information as early as possible. For temporary housing, check out:

http://www.isss.umn.edu/new/temphousing.html            http://www.housing.umn.edu/offcampus/temp.shtml

For long term housing, check out:

  1. Check http://www.housing.umn.edu/ for on-campus housing information;
  2. There are several student-housing communities that provide residences at relatively low prices. CSCC http://cscc.umn.edu/ is for married or single parent undergraduate and graduate students. CTC http://www.umnctc.org/ is for all students and post-docs. Riverton community http://www.riverton.org/ is for all undergraduates and graduates.
  3. For more off-campus housing, you can walk around off-campus neighborhoods to find houses for rent. There usually will be a “For Rent” sign in front of a building if rooms/apartments are available for lease.
  4. The university newspaper is a good source of information for apartments near campus (mndaily.com =>Classifieds=>Housing).
  5. CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) housing forum: http://umncssa.org/forum.php
  6. Online searching. Google “Minneapolis apartment” or “St Paul apartment.” Some common websites are

http://elmwoodproperties.com/  http://uofmhousing.com/; http://www.rent411.com/

 

  1. Check house information at http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/
  2. Go to these websites for housing on campus:  www.elysianapts.com  www.700washington.com

****住房信息****    我们建议你尽可能早的开始找住处。

临时住所

http://www.housing.umn.edu/offcampus/temp.shtml

长期住所

  1. 校内学生宿舍参考  http://www.housing.umn.edu/
  2. 一些学生社区性住宅区提供较便宜的住房,比较受中国学生欢迎的几个包括: CSCC  http://cscc.umn.edu/专门提供给已婚或有子女的明大本科生及研究生;CTC  http://www.umnctc.org/学生、博士后和访问学者都可以申请,婚否不限,但已婚或有子女者优先级较高;Riverton http://www.riverton.org/提供给本科生和研究生,婚否不限(所属Riverton的公寓中,以Chateau最受欢迎,而Franklin Co-op因为所处位置治安较差故不推荐);
  3. 除此之外,可以在学校周围的居住区寻找标有“for rent”标识的建筑,一般会有空房;
  4. 校报“Minnesota Daily”上每期都会刊登学校周边住房的广告;
  5. 中国学生学者联谊会的网站上也有中国学生出租或者找roommate的信息;
  6. 网上查找,例如google  “Minneapolis apartment” 或者 “St Paul apartment”. 一些找房子的网站例如http://elmwoodproperties.com/; http://uofmhousing.com/; http://www.rent411.com/.
  7. 在其他网站上如http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/上寻找住房信息。
  8. www.elysianapts.com www.700washington.com

**What kinds of transit can I take if I don’t have a car?

The Twin Cities has an efficient public transit system. You can find out more details at www.metrotransit.org. As a university student or a post-doc fellow, you can buy a semester bus pass at http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/upass.html. A bus pass allows for unlimited public transit throughout the semester. Another option is the Guaranteed Ride Home plan http://www.metrotransit.org/guaranteed-ride-home.aspx. If you need to go to the airport, the light rail is efficient and also part of the public transit system (Route55 on www.metrotransit.org ). You can also take light rail to Mall of America, one of the biggest shopping mall in the U.S. 

At HCC we offer free airport pickups for new students. Please go our resource page to find more information and form.

*** Safety***

If you need to travel outside the metro area, it may be convenient to ask a friend for a ride. As a new arriver, however, we do not encourage you to travel too far from the campus unaccompanied. It is not safe to carry around large amounts of cash.  Open a bank account immediately and deposit money into it. Minnesota can get Tornados or damaging storms, you can check the weather at weather.com.  If you hear a siren that continues to go off during a storm, it is telling you to go to the basement or safe place.

****没有汽车怎样出行?****

双城地区的公交系统比较好。具体路线可参考www.metrotransit.org. 明大学生和博士后均可以购买学生学期票,一学期内无限使用(限本人)。购买网址 www.buspass.umn.edu. 另外你还可以考虑  Guaranteed Ride Home计划http://www.metrotransit.org/riderPrograms/grh.asp。如果需要去机场,轻轨是非常方便的选择(在www.metrotransit.org 上轻轨是55路)。你也可以乘坐轻轨到美国商城,美国商城是全美最大的商贸城之一。

华夏之家提供新生的免费的机场接送,请到我们的网站资源板块了解更多信息。

****安全****

如果想去较远的地方,最好搭朋友的车。我们建议新生最好不要只身前往远离校园不熟悉的地方。随身携带大量现金不是很安全,请尽快开设银行账户,并把钱存入。另外,明尼苏达有时也有龙卷风或破坏性的风暴,你可以到weather.com查阅天气预报。如果你在风暴期间听到警笛声, 请尽快到地下室或是安全的地方。

****How to get a credit card? ****

In most cases, you will be required to have a social security number (SSN) in order to apply for a credit card. You may go to www.isss.umn.edu to learn how to apply for a SSN. Once you have a SSN, you can go to a local bank or check out their websites to apply. Major banks that carry credit cards include but are not limited to:

https://www.tcfbank.com/  https://www.wellsfargo.com/ www.citicards.com           www.chase.com         

It is often difficult to get your first credit card, as you don’t have any credit history. You may want to explore “credit cards for college students” which banks like Citi Bank and America Express can offer you. Another option is to go to a local bank where you have a checking/savings account. For example, US bank offers credit card with very low credit lines, and you can build up your credit history from there. Another place to check is U of M credit union.

Some local banks may offer “secured credit cards” which means that you must deposit the same amount of money as the credit line. This type of credit card may not require a SSN. For details, please check with local banks, such as TCF Bank, Wellsfargo bank and US Bank.

If you are denied by a credit card company, it is probably the best to wait for several months (6 months is recommended) before applying again. Applying too many times in a short period of time will often hurt your credit. Paying rent and phone bills on time helps to build up your credit. Always pay your bill on time.

****样获得信用卡?****

大多数情况下需要获得SSN才可以申请信用卡。国际学生办公室的网站www.isss.umn.edu上有申请SSN的相关指南。得到SSN之后,可以去地方银行或者银行网页申请。几家常见银行包括

https://www.tcfbank.com/  https://www.wellsfargo.com/ www.citicards.com           www.chase.com         

因 为没有信用纪录,第一张信用卡通常较难申请到。几大银行例如Citi和America Express提学生信用卡( credit cards for college students ),适合没有信用纪录的人申请。另一个选择是去当地银行开活期或定期存款账户。另外某些当地银行,例如US Bank(校园里有不少营业点), 提供额度很低的信用卡,相对容易获得,也是不错的第一张信用卡的选择。另外U of M credit union也相对比较容易申请到信用卡。

有些当地银行可能提供一种叫做“secured credit card”的信用卡,就是自己要先交等同于credit line等额的押金. 其他和正常的信用卡相同. 在少数情况下,银行可能不要求你拥有社会安全号即可申请这种信用卡。具体信息请向银行咨询,如TCF银行,富国银行和美国银行。

如果你申请被拒,最好等几个月(建议6个月)再申请,否则频繁的申请会进一步损害你的信用纪录。此外,按时付房租和电话帐单也可以慢慢积攒信用纪录。请记住按时付款。

****Want to go shopping?****

The Mall of America is one of the biggest shopping malls in the United States. You can take the light rail from downtown Minneapolis to get there. There is also an IKEA nearby. Southdale Mall is another large shopping center, and you can take Bus No. 6 that runs from Minneapolis to the mall. Rosedale shopping center is also near the St. Paul campus and can be reached by taking Bus No. 87, while Albertville Outlet Mall http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=52 is about an hour drive from the metro area.

****场购物****

Mall of America据说是美国最大的购物中心(与国内大城市的购物中心接近),可以从Minneapolis市中心乘坐轻轨到达。附近还有宜家家居。此外公交车可到达的购物中心还有Southdale Mall(从Minneapolis校区出发6路车可达)和Rosedale Mall(从St. Paul校区出发89路车可达)。另外有厂家直销中心http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=52 距市区约1小时车程。

****Where to get groceries?****

You can get most daily supplies from Walmart and Target. Local groceries such as Rainbow Foods or Cub Foods carry eggs, milk, meat and common American fruit and vegetables.

****日用品购买****

沃尔玛和Target销售大部分日用品,美国食品超市Rainbow和Cub Food有美国常见蔬菜水果肉类等。

****Chinese Grocery Stores****

There are many oriental groceries where you can get Asian food. Some oriental grocery stores are listed below. You can find other stores online or in a Chinese newspaper (free in most Chinese restaurants).

附近有许多亚洲超市可以买中国食品。以下是主要的亚洲超市,其他超市的信息可以在中文报纸上找到(在大多数中餐馆门口有免费中文报纸)。

We offer grocery shopping trip every Saturday at 10am. Please register on our website.

我们每周六有志愿者带学生去买菜,请在我们的网站注册该服务。

联合食品公司 United Noodles

2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN - (612) 721-6677

(Close to West Bank, get off bus #2 at Franklin Ave.)

上海超市  Shanghai Market

1546 Como Ave, St Paul, MN - (651) 646-6181

(Close to St. Paul campus, take Bus No. 3)

双和 St. Pau lShuang Hur, St Paul site

654 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN‎ - (651) 251-2196    (Take Bus No. 16)

  Dragon Star

633 Minnehaha Ave W, St Paul, MN‎ - (651) 488-2567‎

上海批 Shanghai Wholesale

451 Industrial Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN  55413
(612) 884-8880

双和 Minneapolis Shuang Hur, Minneapolis site

2710 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN‎ - (612) 872-8606

****中餐 Chinese Restaurants****

Popular Chinese restaurants include but not limited to:

Near Campus:

香港面家 HongKong Noodle (Cantonese Style)

901 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-9472

Visit: http://www.mnhongkongnoodle.com/

忘不了 Pagoda (Cantonese Style)

1417 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN

612-378-4710

提供早茶 (Dim Sum: Sat & Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Visit: http://www.pagodadinkytown.com/

香园(川菜)Tea house (Szechuan Style)

2425 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55106

(And other locations throughout the Metro area)

Visit: http://ourteahouse.com/Locations.aspx?
page=pgLocations

北京园 Peking Garden

1488 University Ave W., St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-0888   (Take Bus No. 16)

Visit: http://www.pekinggardenmn.com/

The Village Wok
610 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414-2916

(612) 331-9041

Visit: http://www.cheung.bizland.com/
 

小四川(川菜)Little Szechuan (Szechuan Style)

422 University Ave W., St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 222-1333

(Bus #16 arrives)

Visit: http://www.littleszechuan.com/

北海Mandarin Kitchen

8766 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55420 (952) 884-5356

提供早茶 (Offers Dim Sum, Sat & Sun. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm only)

 98 Pounds

824 W. 98th St, Bloomington, MN 55420

(952) 881-1088

Visit: http://www.98poundsbuffet.com/

长江 Yangtze Restaurant

5625 Wayzata Blvd., St Louis Park, MN 55416-1265
(952) 541-9469

提供早茶(offers Dim Sum SAT and SUN 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Visit: http://www.yangtze.us/

Great Moon Buffet: 2 locations

2950 White Bear Ave N., Maplewood, MN

(651) 704-9801

4029 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

(763) 789-4520

**** Christian Churches****

The Christian church had its beginning in the Middle East but in the last two millennia has had an impact on nearly every country in the world. In the United States the Christian church has had a profound influence on nearly every facet of our culture including our businesses, government, educational system, movies, music,  medical industry, marriages, families, and of course our individual lives.  No taste of American culture would be complete without a visit to at least one of the many churches found in every city in the U.S.

Each church has a personality of its own and almost all would say they are delighted to have guests. If you have an interest in visiting a church while you are a guest in our country, the list below, though not exhaustive, includes churches we are aware of who have indicated they are willing to provide a ride on Sunday mornings and other help to Chinese friends.  Feel free to give any of the names below a call for times of their Sunday morning services and request a ride if needed.  Many of the churches listed already have regular Chinese attendees and some of them offer church services in Mandarin.

We hope you will try out a church while you are here and learn why so many people from all walks of life have come to be devoted followers of Jesus.

****基督教会****


基督教起源于中东地区,但在过去的两千年影响了世界上所有国家。基督教对美国文化的各个方面都有着非常深远的影响,包括商业、政府、教育、电影、音乐、医药领域、婚姻、家庭,乃至个人生活。想要领略真正的美国文化,你应该至少去参加一下美国各个城市的教会。

每个教会都有自己的特色,而且他们都非常欢迎新朋友的到来。如果你来到美国,对参加教会活动有兴趣,可以参照下面的教会信息,这些教会可以为中国朋友提供接送。如果你想参加周日早上的教会活动,可以随时打电话给以下教会的联系人,并向他们说明需要搭车的帮助。很多教会都有中国人参加,有些还能提供中文服务。

我们希望你能够尝试体验这里的教会活动,便能了解为什么有如此多的人都在追随主耶稣。

Name of Church: Website

Contact Person, Contact Phone

伯大尼浸信Bethany Baptist:    www.bethanyroseville.org

Ken Phillips, 651-766-8013

伯利恒浸信Bethlehem Baptist:  www.hopeingod.org

Frank Hutton, 612-221-0924

凯文瑞路德教会Calvary Lutheran:  www.calvary.org

Paul & Elaine Gunderson, 736-571-4347

基督君王教会Christ the King, New Brighton:  www.ctknb.org                                                     

Pastor Vern Rice, 763-785-4013

依格布鲁克教Eaglebrook Church           :  www.eaglebrookchurch.com

John Hutton,         651-248-9933

基督播道教会Evangelical Free Churches:

Coon Rapids EFCwww.coonrapidsfree.org

沃塞塔教会Wayzata EFC:  www.wayzatafree.org,

Richard McClellan, 612-558-1169

Chinese Bible Study After Sunday Worship

明州华人信义教会Minnesota Faith Chinese Church,  www.faithchinesechurch.org

Church Office, 651-636-5625

榄山华人教会Mt. Olive Chinese Church:  www.moccchurch.org

Dr. Yaning Xu, 651-206-9405

北方高地信North Heights Lutheran:  www.nhlc.org

Arden Hills Campus, Phyllis Ose, 612-850-1294

Roseville Campus, Darrell Dippon, 651-779-6791

树林信义Oak Grove Lutheran:  www.oakgrovelutheran.org

Tom Stertz, 612-590-9619

岩石教会The Rock: www.rockthechurch.com

Marc Holtey, 612-396-7088

体育场教Stadium Village Church: www.stadiumvillagechurch.org

Waihon Liu, 612-836-8306

双城华人基督教会 Twin Cities Chinese Christian Church: www.tcccc.org

Church Office, 651-644-9321

家庭浸信教会 Family Baptist Church:www.Friends4Life.us

David Mowen, 612-807-0928