Where to Live

Students have a wide variety of housing options to choose from. Many freshmen and undergraduate students choose to live on campus in residence halls. There are also many off-campus apartments in the surrounding neighborhoods.


On‐campus housing

Roommates inside a residence hall room

Roommates living in a residence hall

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:

Off-campus housing

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.

Campus Neighborhoods

The University of Minnesota campus is surrounded by a number of neighborhoods that offer students a variety of housing, dining, entertainment, and retail options.


Dinkytown is home to many businesses and restaurants.


The Varsity Theatre features national and local musicians.


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.  

West Bank

The dance, theater, and arts programs are based on West Bank.


The Washington Avenue Bridge connects the East and West Bank.


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.

Stadium Village

The lightrail system has four stops near the University campus


Stadium Village is named for the home of Gopher football.



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.

St. Paul

The St. Paul campus offers space for relaxing and being active.


The Minnesota State Fair is held at the fairgrounds near campus each summer.


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.