Off Campus Living

Students Outside

Where To Live

Off-Campus Housing Information Sessions

Renters Workshops:

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! Added focus this year of discussing the impact COVID-19 has had on the rental market and what you need to know to make a good choice when signing a lease. Presented by Off-Campus Living, Student Legal Services and Housing & Residential Life. Four sessions will be hosted online so anyone can attend either from a campus Residence Hall or off-campus. Check back here for the registration links as they get scheduled.

Monday, Dec. 6: time tba (online)

Thursday, Dec. 9: time tba (online)

Housing 2022: 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 student make decisions about moving near campus featuring our office, as well as Student Legal Services.

Sessions will be livestreamed and recorded!

Friday, Nov. 5th, 1pm (Memorial Union Theater)

Sunday, Nov. 7th, 10:45am (Rec well Beacon Rm)

Registration information for Parent/Family Weekend (which includes the Housing 2022 session)

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Off Campus Housing Fair:

The next Off-Campus Housing Fair is in person Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10am-2pm in the Great Hall at Memorial Union!

Qdoba will be served from 10am-12pm and Dominos from 12pm-2pm.

Register for a reminder!

This is a great chance to meet several local apartment staff at one time and meet with University and City Resources to help you make the right decision when moving off-campus. Visit the FB event for updated information on attendees and giveaways!

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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) It's a hidden group, so email us with your FB name to let us know you would like to be added, and like the Off-Campus Gopher page first so we can add you from there.

Additional Resources

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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