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Housing in the Twin Cities

Where to live

Living in the Twin Cities

The cities and suburbs of the Twin Cities metropolitan area comprise a vibrant and dynamic location for students to live. Whether you are interested in urban or residential living, cityscapes or park views, the Twin Cities has a neighborhood and style of living right for you.

Housing costs can vary greatly throughout the metropolitan area depending on location, size and number of roommates.

Housing and roommate listings in the St. Paul area can be found through the Off-Campus Student Center.


The Loring Park neighborhood is directly adjacent to St. Thomas Law and is home to historic buildings, including the Basilica of Saint Mary, the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with the famed “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture. The park itself is a cultural center, hosting carnivals and festivals each year during the spring, summer and fall.

Uptown is an eclectic neighborhood popular with young professionals for its incredible entertainment, restaurant and retail scene. Nearby lake Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles offer some of Minneapolis’s most popular park areas for swimming, sailing, running, paddle-boarding, biking and cross-country skiing.

The North Loop is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Minneapolis, transformed by the conversion of warehouses and industrial buildings into residential lofts, trendy start-ups and hot-spot eateries. Adjacent to downtown, this neighborhood is also home to Target Field, the home base for the Minnesota Twins, and the Target Center, home court of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.

Busy professionals have made a home for themselves in Downtown West, a beautiful urban neighborhood. This bustling part of the city is home to the Nicollet Mall, an 11-block pedestrian strip with historic shopping and dining destinations that gained its claim to fame when Mary Tyler Moore tossed her hat in the air here during the opening credits of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Growing in popularity with local artists and craft brewers, Northeast offers a little something for everyone: a mix of old with new, large with small, traditional with trendy. A European-style walking neighborhood, it offers a small-town feel in a big city and celebrates its resident artists each spring with the largest open studio tour in the country.

The neighborhoods surrounding the St. Paul campus include Mac-Groveland, Highland Park, Merriam Park and Summit-Hill. These neighborhoods are home some of the most historic and picturesque residential buildings in the state, as well as the Grand Avenue retail district. A free shuttle travels between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses every 20 minutes during the fall and spring semesters.

Housing Resources

Off-Campus Student Life

The university’s Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL) office offers a variety of programs and opportunities associated with living off campus focused on those who may be renting in or near the St. Thomas St. Paul campus.