University of Minnesota Off-Campus Housing Guide When to search
The University of Minnesota is one of the most unique universities in the United States. For one, it's huge. Over 50,000 students attend UMN. And while most schools have over 25% of students housed on campus, Minnesota hasn't been able to match increasing enrollment with adequate on-campus housing facilities. Only 13% of students live on campus. When factoring out part time students who may live further from campus or take courses online, over 30,000 students are looking for housing directly around campus every year. With so many students looking for housing, the housing search season extends longer than it does at most other campuses. Most students at Minnesota who are looking for larger houses - often in Dinkytown - with multiple bedrooms get started by mid-October, while students looking for one or two bedroom apartments near campus in Stadium Village or East Bank often start later in the spring.
Rent In Minneapolis
The average rent in Minneapolis will vary wildly depending on the type of building you're looking to live in. The newly built, luxury properties in the Stadium Village District have rents that far exceed the older properties a bit further from campus in East Bank or Dinkytown.
You should be able to find 3+ bedroom houses or apartments for under $700 per person. However, if your budget is tight, keep in mind that living with roommates or choosing a place a bit further off campus can shave a considerable amount off of your monthly rent.
Here's a breakdown of average rents per person, per bedroom:
Life in Minneapolis, MN Where to Have Fun
Things to Do
Minnesota is a Big Ten school with all the standard Big Ten trimmings. Football games are a big deal and TCF Stadium is smack dab in the center of campus around tons of bars, restaurants and places to go. Next to the football stadium is the Mariucci Arena for hockey games. Make sure you catch a hockey game, as the team's always pretty good.
Other Highlights include:
- The Church Street Marketplace
- Waterfront Park
- The UVM Bored Team
With each passing year, Minneapolis is gaining steam as a true "foodie" city. So if you're willing to venture a bit away from campus, you'll find treats like the Juicy Lucy, a cheeseburger with the cheese on the inside. But near campus, make sure you're finding some of the most popular bars and restaurants:
- Bar Luchador
- Kitty Cat Club
- Beacon Public House
- Sporty's Public Grill
- Big 10 Restaurant and Bar
And don't forget to check out these great coffee shops around the UMN campus too!
It's going to be cold. Don't go outside