University of Minnesota

Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education

The second year is a time of more independence. Many Seconds move to apartment-style living, work more, and are busier in general. This section highlights tips and resources dealing with everyday life — roommates, groceries, finances, and general wellbeing topics. Keep an eye on this page for new tips!

Mental Health Resources

Talk to someone
Sometimes we just need help getting through it all. The U has great resources but sometimes they can be hard to find. This site highlights all the U of M mental health and related services.

Find Groceries

Shop for groceries
Be sure to eat your fruits and vegetables! Shop at one of the local grocery stores to keep your kitchen stocked.

Check out the U’s Farmers Market
The U has its own farmers market every Wednesday from July - September

Apartment Life

Address roommate conflicts
Everyone experiences roommate challenges at some point. Check out these tips for dealing with roommate conflicts and living on your own.

Dealing with your landlord
University Student Legal Service provides great information, tips, and workshops to help you understand your rights as a renter.


Financial Wellness Appointments
OneStop is now offering 30-45 minute individual appointments with financial counselors for students who are looking for guidance on student loans and interest payments, budgeting, understanding credit card debt, and other personal finance topics.

Save money
Finances are tough in college so you may be looking for ways to keep it on the cheap! Live like a student campaign provides great info to help you save money, budget, manage the costs of college. Join the email list for fresh ideas.

Don’t pay full price
Check out the discount tickets through Student Unions and Activities or the half-price tickets on theater shows through Goldstar.

Find scholarships
Don’t know about the Undergraduate Scholarship Search? This tool generates a list of U of M scholarships that you are eligible to receive. Don’t let scholarships pass you buy!

“We’re the creators of our own experience — remembering this, and living our lives from this perspective, empowers us.”

— Mike Robbins

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