Common apartment rent prices in the area are typically $500 - $800 per month per person. If you are interested in paying less money, you should consider house rentals or living further from campus. Tip - If you take the bus or light rail to Northeast Mpls or near the St. Paul campus, you can find cheaper rents but have similar commute times as some of the East Bank Neighborhoods!
House rentals often require tenants to do yard care. Apartment rentals do not. If required, your landlord should provide the tools (lawn mower, rake, snow shovel).
What should you do if you have a pest problem? Planet Natural is a great website that will help you identify and get rid of any household pest that you might have.
Bedbugs are a growing problem in rentals near the University.
Older homes in the area often have very high gas bills in winter from heat loss through leaky windows and/or doors and high electric bills in summer for the same reason with cooling loss. Always do your research and look up past utility costs for the address you are considering with Xcel energy[link xcelenergy.com] (gas and electric). Be sure to change your HVAC filters each month to improve efficiency and ask your landlord to install a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one already. Check the weatherstripping on doors and consider wrapping your windows on the inside to help. If you need help budgeting, Xcel can set up an Averaged Monthly Payment Plan. But keep in mind, it could be a higher bill (or a credit) in your 12th month as they compare the usage to what you’ve been paying through the year.
Find out more about Garbage and Recycling here.
Check out this list of questions to think about before you sign a lease:
These are urban neighborhoods and safety should always be a priority for you as a renter!
Excerpt from City of Minneapolis Campus Fire Safety brochure: Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on college campuses, closely followed by careless smoking and arson. Alcohol abuse is often a factor in campus fire fatalities. Alcohol can impair judgment and hamper evacuation efforts.
Talk to roommates about how many cars you will have. Most apartment complexes charge extra for parking, and houses may only have 2 spots available. Everyone else will need to park on the street. Avoid tickets or tows- don’t block the sidewalk and or your neighbor’s driveway.
During winter, Minneapolis or St. Paul may declare snow emergencies after significant snowfall usually by 6:00 p.m.. Avoid being towed, and pay attention to Day 1, Day 2 or Day 3 rules. Download the app (for either city) on your mobile device to get notifications and see real time maps on where you can and can’t park. Take advantage of the Night Owl parking rate at some University ramps for low cost parking on Snow Emergency days (enter between 5:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m. and leave by 7:00 a.m.).
Every fall and spring (October and April usually), the city of Minneapolis does street cleaning through the neighborhood streets and posts small no parking signs along roadways at least 24 hours in advance.
If you're planning a party, just keep in mind that it affects the people who live near you too. Follow these steps to ensure a successful party that won't have the police at your door giving you a fine:
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Please keep in mind that the U of MN Code of Conduct does extend off-campus. Meaning if you receive a citation from local police, the Office for Community Standards may contact you about the situation and ask you to come in to meet with them to discuss it.
Social Host Ordinance
You can be charged with a misdemeanor for hosting a party/ event/gathering where people under 21 years old possess or consume alcohol, even if you did not provide the alcohol.
Social Host FAQ (PDF)
Noisy and Unruly Assembly
A noisy assembly ordinance goes into effect at 10 p.m. in residential areas. Parties or gatherings consisting of more than one person that can be heard from the street or are an annoyance can be ticketed for a misdemeanor.
Up to a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
It is illegal for someone under 21 years of age to consume, purchase, attempt to purchase, or possess alcohol with the intent of consuming it.
It is illegal for someone under 21 to claim that they are 21 years old or older in order to purchase alcohol.
Driving While Impaired (DWI)
It is illegal to drive, operate, or be in control of a motor vehicle if you have been drinking alcohol and have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.08. You can get a DWI with a BAC under 0.08 if it is determined that alcohol caused the driving errors.
* Note! If you are under 21 and are caught driving after consuming ANY amount of alcohol, you can face criminal charges and lose your license.
This applies to behavior or language that is offensive, obscene, abusive, or noisy and may alarm, anger or disturb others. It applies to public and private places and includes behavior such as fighting and public urination.
$3,000 fine and/or one year in jail.
Providing Alcohol to Minors
It is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under 21 years old.
If a student calls 911 for a medical emergency (related to alcohol) for a friend, they both may be exempted from an alcohol related ticket if they cooperate with the police and are not committing any other crimes at the time. The caller must remain on the scene. If you are in any doubt about the health and safety of someone, please call 911.