Things to Do on Campus

There's plenty to do and see without leaving the University campus. Between museums, theaters, and sports stadiums, students and visitors are never far from the action.


Performance Venues

Northrop Memorial Auditorium.


Ted Mann Concert Hall.


Barbara Barker Center for Dance is a performance venue for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance’s academic programs. Performances are open to the University community and general public. Events can be viewed here.

Northrop Memorial Auditorium is a stage venue at the U of M. Various events are held here, including concerts, ballet performances, and lectures. Many of Northrop’s events are free for U of M students.

Ted Mann Concert Hall is a concert auditorium dedicated in 1993. The facility host performances by School of Music ensembles, faculty and guest artists, and a variety of local and national acts. View the performance schedule here


The Weisman Art Museum is located on the East Bank campus.


The Bell Museum offers exhibits on natural history and is open to the public.


The University campus is home to three museums: the Weisman Art Museum, Bell Museum, and Goldstein Museum of Design.

The Weisman Art Museum is a teaching museum that's been at the U of M since 1934. It is one of the major architectural landmarks on campus, with its current building designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. Apart from its large collection of modern art, the museum provides student employment and internship opportunities.

The Bell Museum is Minnesota's official natural history museum. The museum hosts travelling exhibitions and is home to hundreds of animal specimens. In 2018, the Bell Museum moved to a new 90,000-square-foot home on the St. Paul campus. 

The Goldstein Museum of Design grew from the personal collection of two former University design instructors, Harriet and Vetta Goldstein. The sisters believed in the importance of object-centered learning and would bring students items they believed exemplified good design. The collection has grown with donations and the 1987 contribution of a fashion collection with pieces from notable designer like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Isaac Mizrahi. Today viewers can take in the museum's more than 29,000 pieces.

Sporting Events

Students can buy season or individual tickets for University sporting events, such as football, hockey, and basketball. Students with a valid U-Card can gain free admission to the following sports:

Students cheer on the University of Minnesota football team.
  • Baseball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Cross Country
  • Women's Hockey
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Stay Fit 

The  University Recreation and Wellness Center provides equipment and programming to help students stay motivated and physically active during the year. The "Rec Center" was upgraded and expanded in 2013. Located on the East Bank campus, the facility serves more than 6,000 patrons on an average weekday during the academic year. In addition to the regular fitness centers, the University Recreation and Wellness Center also houses a climbing wall, an outdoor adventure rental center, handball and racquetball courts, gymnasiums, multi-activity court, multipurpose rooms, an indoor cycling studio, and more. All U of M students who are registered for 6 or more credits have an automatic membership to the  University Recreation and Wellness Center.

The St. Paul Gymnasium has state‐of‐the‐art cardio and strength training equipment, handball/racquetball/squash courts, a gymnasium, multiple fitness studios, a shallow water pool, a climbing/bouldering wall, a suspended track, locker rooms, an equipment room, and lounge spaces.

The University of Minnesota Aquatic Center features a 50‐meter racing pool and adjacent diving well, both of which are accessed by athletes and recreational swimmers alike.

The University Fieldhouse features a six‐lane, 200‐meter indoor track and four basketball courts (or 1 soccer field).

Cooke Hall has three volleyball courts (or five badminton courts), a fitness studio, and two pools for lap swimming and instructional courses.

The Student Recreational Sports Dome provides space for recreational and competitive sports activities during colder months.

Outdoor activity space at the U of M includes four field spaces: the Minneapolis Recreational Sports Fields, West Bank Fields, St. Paul Tennis Courts, and St. Paul Recreational Sports Fields.

Student Activities

A band performs at Spring Jam in front of the Northrop Mall area.


A bowling alley is located in Goldy's Gameroom at Coffman Memorial Union.


Our students come together to socialize and learn from each other in more than 900 student groups. Groups are available in a range of categories including academic, cultural, religious, communications, and special interest. Search the University's student group directory on the Student Unions and Activities (SUA) website.  

Student Unions and Activities also hosts a variety of on-campus events including Homecoming and Spring Jam; in additional to game nights, films, and other special events.

An information desk located in Coffman Union offers informational brochures; campus maps; and discount tickets to sporting events, entertainment, and other activities around the Twin Cities. Also in Coffman Union is Goldy's Gameroom, which has a bowling alley, full-sized pool tables, video and arcade games, and a concession stand. Gopher Spot in the St. Paul Student Center offers similar amenities.