Eighty-eight percent of new incoming first‐year students select University Housing as their home away from home. The University is home to nine residence halls. New first-year students also can take advantage of the Freshman Housing Guarantee to ensure they receive a space in University Housing, if they apply before the deadline.
On-campus housing offers many services available to students:
- Foundation for Success offers involvement opportunities for students, including residence hall advisory boards, student groups, retreats, and more.
- Living Learning Communities are residence hall communities that connect students who have certain academic, social, or personal interests. There's even a Chinese Language and Culture House and a Global Gopher Community.
- Residence Hall Counselors are professionals who assist students with academics, career, and personal issues.
- Resident services include maintenance, laundry facilities, game rooms, dining services, technology support, and many other offerings.
Students also have the option to live off-campus in the many apartments and houses in the surrounding campus neighborhoods (see below). The University’s Housing & Residential Life offers a free web-based rental listing resource, where U of M students can view all listings and post sublet listings. Students can learn great tips on renting and what to look for from the Renter Education Liaisons in the Off-Campus Living office.
The University Student Legal Service (USLS) provides legal services, representation, and education to students. It is a place to go if you have any legal concerns or problems including:
- Landlord/tenant issues: lease reviews, disputes with management, etc.
- Criminal law: most misdemeanors
- Immigration questions
- Consumer problems
- Credit problems
There are other services offered, too, including a notary public. USLS also offer a variety of programs that cover topics such as interacting with police, business start-up, career mentoring, and tenancy law.
The University of Minnesota campus is surrounded by a number of neighborhoods that offer students a variety of housing, dining, entertainment, and retail options.
Many students who live off-campus choose houses or apartments in this small neighborhood located next to the University’s East Bank campus. Dinkytown offers a mixture of historic businesses and nationally known brands: students can grab groceries at Target, stop for a bite to eat, or catch a musical performance at the Varsity Theatre.
Located across the Mississippi from Dinkytown, this neighborhood offers plenty of dining, retail, and entertainment options. Three theaters are located here, helping Minneapolis earn its title of the U.S. city with the second most theater seats per capita. After catching a show, students can dine at one of the dozens of restaurants in the area.
Named for its proximity to the home of Gopher football, TCF Bank Stadium, this neighborhood offers plenty to do whether it’s game day or not. Close to Coffman Union, residence halls, businesses, and restaurants (including six Chinese restaurants,) Stadium Village’s central location is a huge benefit to students. The public lightrail system stops in Stadium Village making it easy for students to head to downtown St. Paul, downtown Minneapolis, the airport, or even Mall of America.
The St. Paul Campus lies near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, which hosts events year round in addition to the Minnesota State Fair, which is held at the end of August. The quiet streets surrounding the area are filled with bistros, coffee shops, and boutiques—making St. Paul a perfect place for relaxing and studying away from the business of downtown.