Off-Campus Housing

Minneapolis, MN
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I know nothing of the off-campus housing. I realize that there are many options, but I have heard they are extremely expensive.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection at the University of Minnesota-Twin cities is decent. There are many houses about 1-2 miles away from campus, but most of the houses are pretty bad. However, the price is much more reasonable than living on campus. Landlords are often a hassle, and safety is a major concern because there have been many incidents near off-campus houses involving university students being attacked.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lot's of places depends on how far away you want to live and where. They go by fast so its good to have a place a semester in advance.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I often feel that off-campus housing takes advantage of students' financial situations by either offering excellent housing for hefty prices (requiring more aid) or sub-par housing and low-quality amenities.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of apartments and houses to choose from.


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  • 136th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
New Delhi, India
Communication Studies
Grad Year
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Almost all students prefer to live off campus after their first year of college. Most students get fed up with the dorm food and limitations of living on campus property. Thus, there is a flood of students who look for affordable off-campus locations. The most popular areas are Dinkytown, Como Avenue, and Stadium Village. These places allow students to live in close proximity of campus, and thus, they are convenient places for college students. However, because these places are always in demand, this gives the landlords a way to exploit and over-rent the housing. Most of the houses are rundown and in need of renovation, but the rent is not any less. Apartments are a little more expensive on average, but they are usually in better livable condition. A student should start looking for an off-campus location as soon as possible to ensure that he or she gets a good place for a good price.

It is easy to cut down the average cost by having as many roommates as legally possible, to divide up the rent. Also, the farther away from campus one moves, the cheaper and easier it is to find a house/apartment. Many students have been migrating toward the Uptown area, which has good houses for much less cost. Even though it is far away, a semester bus pass can be obtained for $100, and it can be used an unlimited number of times on city buses. Therefore, living farther away and commuting does not seem so difficult with the good public transportation system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
November onward, if a student wants to live in a specific location. Otherwise, after winter break, around January, is a good time.
Popular Areas
  • Como
  • Dinkytown
  • Stadium Village
  • Uptown
Average Rents
  • Studio: $550
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $2,000
Did You Know?
Go to to see off-campus housing listings around the area. There is also some information about sub-leasing and protecting oneself against the frauds that can happen between landlords and tenants.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 141 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 140 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 140 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 61% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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