Off Campus Living

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Where To Live

Off-Campus Housing Information Sessions

Renters Education Sessions:

Learn about what to look for in a lease, how to choose between a house or apt, learn about different neighborhoods and how to be a good neighbor! Presented by Off-Campus Living, Student Legal Services and Housing & Residential Life. RSVP and share the Facebook event with friends!

Tuesday, October 29th

7:00pm-8:00pm, Middlebrook Hall Terrace Room

Wednesday, October 30th

7:00pm-8:00pm, Pioneer Hall Main Lounge

Monday, November 4th

7:00pm-8:00pm, Sanford Hall TV Room

Monday, November 11th

7:00pm-8:00pm, Bailey Hall Upper Lobby Lounge

Wednesday, November 13th

7:00pm-8:00pm, Yudof Hall Club Room

Monday, November 18th

7:00pm-8:00pm, 17th Ave Residence Hall Main Lounge

Off Campus Housing Fair:

February 11, 2020, 11am -2pm in the Coffman Union Great Hall.

Check out the Facebook Event for more information on who is participating this year.

  • Meet local property managers (of complexes 20 units +) and find out which properties meet your needs

This housing fair is organized by Rent College Pads (who operates the Off-Campus Listing Service on behalf of Housing & Residential Life). Only properties who list with the service will be participating. This event is not organized by Off-Campus Living.but is still a great opportunity to connect with properties that still have vacancies open for fall 2020.

November 5th, 10am-2pm in the Coffman Union Great Hall.

Check out the Facebook Event for more information on who is participating this year.

  • Meet local property managers (of complexes 20 units +) and find out which properties meet your needs
  • Talk to local resources like Student Legal Services, Minneapolis Housing Inspections, Metro Transit, Parking & Transportation Services, 624-WALK Security program, Off-Campus Living and more to help you make an informed decision about living off-campus.
  • Roommate Finder in person Meet Ups
  • Lots of swag and freebies from the vendors
  • Enjoy free Qdoba sampler cups brought to you by Off-Campus Living
  • Organized by Off-Campus Living, Housing & Residential Life, RentCollegePads and the Minnesota Daily
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Neighborhood Info

The majority of our undergraduates choose to rent in the east bank neighborhoods of Minneapolis: Marcy-Holmes, SE Como and Prospect Park. Other nearby neighborhoods include Cedar Riverside and Seward by the west bank as well as Falcon Heights, St. Anthony Park and Roseville by the St. Paul campus. Other neighborhoods that are an easy commute include those in Northeast Minneapolis and even Uptown (though it is pricier).

Neighborhood Map

East Bank Neighborhoods

Marcy-Holmes (

SE Como (

Prospect Park (

West Bank Neighborhoods

Cedar-Riverside (

Seward (

St. Paul Campus Area Neighborhoods

Other Nearby Areas

Northeast Minneapolis:

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Find A Place

University Affiliated Resources

We strongly encourage you to utilize the Off Campus Listing Service through the University. While it does not screen landlords on the list, it does prevent landlords with three or more unresolved or substantiated issues with Student Legal Services to participate. Learn more about the Off Campus Housing Program Policy.

Off Campus Housing Listing Service (Housing & Residential Life resource)

Housing Facebook Group (within U of M network, facilitated by OCL Staff)

Additional Resources

  • Craig’s List
  • MN Daily Classifieds
  • (intended for grad/prof students and homeowners)
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Houses Vs. Apartments



  • Independent living
  • Can have larger gatherings
  • Option of garage or parking space
  • Own yard for grilling, games
  • Easier to have pets if wanting to adopt or foster (if allowed)
  • Lots of storage space
  • Often cheaper rent than apts


  • May need to do yard care
  • If no parking spaces allotted, parking can be tight
  • Large gatherings draw police
  • Non-student neighbors may have higher standard for property upkeep and behavior so make good choices
  • House theft common
  • Usually have to pay higher utilities (heat loss in old homes)



  • No yard care
  • Many units are furnished near campus
  • Can include study rooms, gym, convenience stores, tanning
  • Utilities usually included in rent
  • Often student neighbors


  • Theft from autos parked on street is common
  • Smaller gatherings, no big get-togethers
  • Less parking for friends
  • Often restrictions on decorating
  • Less storage space
  • Often higher rent, paying for extra amenities