Off-Campus Housing

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments right by campus are really expensive; however they are pretty nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a plethora of different apartment complexes, houses for rent, and just places in general that one can find a home at for a semester or two. There is currently a large amount of housing being constructed as well, which means that there are going to be even more choices available for the discerning student. Furthermore, all of the apartments that one might live at as an undergraduate are within 10 minutes or less of the campus itself. The prices can vary, but go between 400-500 for a double, or about $700 for a single in one of these apartments.

Although I've never personally lived in a house, I have many friends that do who say the extra distance from campus is worth it. Although it's still a walkable distance, it is indeed much more than that of the distance to any of the apartment complexes that are in the area. But, then again, you get to have your own house and throw parties, if you're into that, and the rent is also much cheaper, coming in around $300 per person for a double or about $500 for your own room. The only drawback is that you're going to have to find more people to actually live with you than you would if you had an apartment, but I guess that might just mean that you get to live with even more friends!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Parking is always a pain near the U of M campus. Lots of luxury apartments are not affordable for most students.

Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off-campus housing.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very close to campus with 8-9 minutes walk or bus ride to campus. Off-campus housing also has a better and much cost efficient parking. However, the safety has become a big concern this year with crime going on every week. There have been robbery, breakin, shots fired, assault, attempted rapes, you name it.

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  • 136th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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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
79%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
14%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,412
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 rentals.tc.umn.edu 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 151 responses

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  • 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 151 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% 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 151 responses

  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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