Since your residence hall room or your apartment will be your home during the academic year, you will want to have all the comforts and supplies you need day-to-day. If you plan to live on campus, all the dorm rooms are furnished, however, you will still need to provide your own linens, towels, desk lamps, cleaning supplies which can be purchased at Walmart in town. If you plan to live off-campus, please check with your landlord to see whether your apartment is furnished. If the apartment is not furnished, some good sources of inexpensive furniture are the thrift shops in town.
Living in the residence halls is a perfect way to combine lessons learned in the classroom with life outside of the classroom. You will be close to everything on campus, and research shows that students who live on-campus graduate sooner than those who live off-campus. The University Housing website details the living on campus options. The South Dakota Board of Regents residence policy requires that students live on campus during the first two years after they have or would have graduated from the American equivalent of high school. Further, unmarried students enrolled in six or more credit hours delivered on the main campus must live on campus.
When it comes to great food, you'll be glad to know that Campus Dining offers many convenient dining options. There are campus restaurants, buffets, food court-like settings and convenient express options at locations on campus. Your meal plan enables you to use your Coyote Card ID at all Campus Dining locations just like a debit card. The South Dakota Board of Regents requires freshmen or sophomores who live on campus to purchase a meal plan each semester. USD offers a variety of meal plan options for you to meet your dining needs.
International Student Services does offer a free transportation to Sioux Falls every month where ethnic food can be purchased at the grocery stores such as East African store and Asian markets. However, it is a good idea to bring some packaged dried foods from your country, in case you miss it.
There is an off-campus housing website maintained by USD students. You can also contact local property management companies; several are listed as part of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce. On the directory page, pick real estate for options.