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. RSVP and share the Facebook event with friends when it's posted.

Renters Forum on Negotiating and Signing Leases (zoom webinar for students)

Nov. 5, 4pm cst

Nov. 12, 7pm cst

Register now to attend the live workshops. Zoom link will be emailed after registration.

Parent/Family Renter Forum

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

Information will be shared on the housing reapplication process from HRL, how COVID-19 is impacting the area housing market, what families should consider in helping their student make decisions about moving near campus.

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 6pm

Registration information for Housing in 2021 session

Off Campus Housing Fair:

The next Off-Campus Housing Fair is virtual on the Off-Campus Listing Service on:
April 14, 11am - 2pm

Register for a reminder!

(live tours start at 11am, Q & A goes until 4pm)

Find the event live at:

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Missed the January Fair? Here's the booths with the video links enabled!

  • Watch tours and overviews from 29 local property managers (of complexes 20 units +) and find out which properties meet your needs
  • Organized by Off-Campus Living, Housing & Residential Life, and CollegePads

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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