Moving to Des Moines – questions?

June 1, 2009 —

sticky-notesThe ‘for rent’ signs are popping up all over Grand as our grads head out for residencies and jobs. For those of you preparing to move here or recently moved here, what questions can we answer?

Wonder where to live? Check out desmoines.craigslist.org or www.apartments.com or www.realtor.com.

Wonder what you’ll have to do here? Visit www.seedesmoines.com or www.downtowndesmoines.com. There’s lots to do here for people with ALL kinds of interests and hobbies! Des Moines was even chosen, recently, on a list of top ten vacation spots! Here’s that site’s description of the area. Or here’s USAToday’s look at Des Moines revitalization over the last few years!

Where will the kids go to school? Here’s info on Des Moines Public Schools, Catholic schools (www.dowlingcatholic.org or www.dmdiocese.org), Christian Schools (www.dmcs.org or www.icablazers.org), or some homeschool groups (niche.org or three sisters).

What else can I answer for you?? Please post comments on what information would be helpful to you and I will find resources or people to ask!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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