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Renter Education

Renter Education Canvas Course

We have created a variety of renter education content organized into a Canvas course to help you in your time renting as a University of Minnesota student. Understanding your rights as a renter, finding the right place to live, and familiarizing yourself with the surrounding neighborhoods are just some of the many topics you would want to learn before you rent. You'll find information on the surrounding campus neighborhoods, things you need to know before renting, where to find roommates, safety resources, resources from the city website, and more.

To enroll in the course:

You'll need a UMN email address to enroll in the course. If you're not a current UMN student/account holder, you can request a guest account at

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Housing 2023: Parent/Family Renter Forum

Hosted by Parent/Family Programs office with Student Legal Service, Housing & Residential Life (HRL), and Off-Campus Living as speakers.

Information will be shared on the housing reapplication process from HRL, and what families should consider in helping their students make decisions about moving near campus featuring our office, as well as Student Legal Services.

Sessions will be live-streamed and recorded!

Friday, Oct. 28, time tba (Memorial Union Theater)

Sunday, Oct. 30, time tba (Rec well Beacon Rm)

Registration information for Parent/Family Weekend (which includes the Housing 2023 session) will be linked in August 2022 when available.

Renter Education Workshops

Off-Campus Living and Student Legal Services partner to provide interested students and parents with renter education workshops.

We offer multiple workshops throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Please check our social media to find information regarding sessions offered when new ones are set up.

Check out our previous session slides:

Already Signed? Off-Campus Living Spring 2022 Workshop

What to do after Signing a Lease - Student Legal Services Spring 2022 Workshop

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Tips for Living with Roommates

Roommate issues can be commonplace, but don't let it ruin your off-campus experience!

The conflict resolution center can help you solve your dispute, and it's free.

Student Conflict Resolution Center:


Questions to Ask Your Roommate Before Moving in Together:

  1. Do you prefer to live alone?
  2. Do you tend to have your significant other over a lot?
  3. What is your schedule like?
  4. Pets?
  5. When are lights out?
  6. What is your party schedule?
  7. Sharing?
    1. Toilet paper, paper towels, dishware, groceries, etc.
  8. Cleaning schedule/duties?
  9. Parking?

Being on the same page about these matters before you sign a lease with someone is a great way to reduce any roommate conflict.