Moving to Rochester, Minnesota? What You Need to Know

April 26, 2016

Moving_to_Rochester.jpgWelcome to Rochester and your new home at Springs at South Broadway! No doubt you want to unpack and start to explore your new neighborhood, but you'll certainly need to find out what local resources are available to help your transition. Rather than trying to think of all the services you need and then looking them up one by one, streamline the process with this list of state and city resources.

Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS)

Update your address and vehicle registration, get a Minnesota driver's license, and change your plates at the Minnesota's DVS. If you've moved here from another part of the state, you can handle many of these duties online.

Voter Registration

Don't let an election pass by without voting in your district. You can complete your registration online in many cases, but if for some reason you can't use the online system, registration by mail and even at a polling place are both available.

Public Transportation

Whether or not you have a car, sometimes you want to leave the driving to others. Take advantage of Rochester’s bus system, which runs on weekdays and Saturdays. Passes are available not only at transit offices, but also but at several supermarket and drugstore locations around Rochester.

RPU Online Utility Bill Payments

Rochester has its own municipal utility, RPU, which covers electricity and water. You can make your bill payments online, so you know that your payments are always received promptly.

Rochester City Government

Want to find a city ordinance or attend a city council meeting? You can find all of the departments that handle these issues as well as a comprehensive list of city ordinances on Rochester’s main website. Whether you need a community service like Animal Control or a city service like street repair, you'll find all of the links on this easy-to-navigate site.

The City's Things-to-Do List

This is the go-to page if you need to find a park, rec center, golf course, or lake, or if you want to find out about the riverside concerts held at the Mayo Civic Center or one of the town’s beautiful parks. Rochester is blessed with a very green landscape that lends itself well to outdoor pursuits from jogging to playing in one of the various sports leagues around town.

Rah Rah Rochester

Run by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rah Rah Rochester lists the events, attractions, restaurants, museums, and other sights to see around town. You can look up locations alphabetically or via an events calendar showing you what's coming up next.

Do you know of other helpful resources for someone new to Rochester? Tell us below in the comments!

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