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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus choices but I hope there were more 9 month lease options with more reasonable prices.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are all really new and spacious in Dinkytown. The demand for apartments is so high that they keep building new complexes each year. Off campus housing is the best I've seen at any college

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing fills up very fast. The dorms are not preferred after the first year or two of college and so most all the undergrad and graduate population looks for off campus housing, which makes for high levels of competition. Pricing is unbeknownst to me. No matter where you live though, be wary. Robberies and burglaries are strangely increasing in frequency off campus as of Spring 2015, especially armed robberies. Not much of that happens on campus. So while people prefer living off campus, there is an increasing danger out there.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's sort of implied that you don't live in a dorm after your freshman year. There are many different apartments and houses in Dinkytown, Como, Marcy Holmes, and Stadium Village. There are a variety of layouts, the problem is the pricing. Because housing is essentially in down town Minneapolis, it is very expensive. To make things worse, new "luxury" apartments have popped up. These buildings provide granite countertops, free tanning beds, and many other things students do not need. Because most buildings are like this now, you have little choice but to pay upwards of $500/month for a shared room. But it's still cheaper than living in the dorms!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is there but it's very very expensive.

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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
$8,532
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 198 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 196 responses

  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 199 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 29% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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