Living close to campus has many financial and lifestyle advantages including a wealth of parks, lakes, and cultural opportunities, Minneapolis and St. Paul provide the rich diversity of a metropolitan area and the small-town feel of local communities and neighborhoods.
You can use this map of neighborhoods close to the University as you begin your search. There you’ll also find contact information for University faculty and staff who can talk to you about the neighborhoods where they live.
Also take a look at Make.It.MSP’s Neighborhood Guide for details about which neighborhoods fit your lifestyle.
Find Housing Options:
If you’re looking for rental housing, Relocation Today, a relocation management company in the Twin Cities, has a rental specialist and real estate agents who can help.
The University's Relocation Assistance Program offers a housing database that features rental properties (such as sabbatical homes) that are available specifically for new U of M employees relocating to the Twin Cities. Properties are owned by people associated with the U of M. Some short-term leases are available.
- The average monthly rent in the Twin Cities is about $1,200 for a one bedroom apartment, $1,600 for a two bedroom apartment, and $1,800 for a three bedroom apartment.
- Most rentals are not available for immediate move-in and you may have to wait 60 days before you can begin renting. So if you need a rental unit for September you should begin your search around July 1.
University-Owned Rental Housing: Pillsbury Court
Pillsbury Court is reserved for full-time faculty and staff. It is the only non-student, University-owned rental housing and is located within walking distance of the Minneapolis campus. Faculty and staff members can rent for up to two years and should apply early because there may be a waiting list. Pets are not allowed.
Temporary housing is very limited in the Twin Cities and runs approximately $100 per night. While the University does not have any temporary housing, there are some unique options near campus.
University Contracted Hotels Near Campus
The University has contracts with hotels near campus. You can find them here under lodging. Be sure to mention this contract when making your reservation to be sure you get the discount.
Temporary Housing Resources
Elizabeth Erickson's Apartment
Fully furnished lower level one bedroom apartment in quiet Linden Hills neighborhood near bus line. Full kitchen with new appliances, free washer and dryer, off-street parking, and separate entrance. All utilities are included, plus free wi-fi.
Short term rent available for $325 per week (minimum of two weeks). Two to six months rent available for $1,100 per month.
Contact: Elizabeth Erickson 612-825-1175
Linden Hills Rental
Fully furnished one bedroom, one bathroom unit located in the heart of Linden Hills, with views of Lake Harriet and the downtown skyline. Great for one person. Includes washer and dryer, utilities, cable, internet and heated parking. Close to downtown and the U of M with bus service at the front door.
$1,400/month. Available January 1 - April 1, or possibly May 1
Contact Carol Crane
University departments can often recommend realtors based on their work with other faculty, so check with your department for a list. If your department is unable to refer a realtor, or if you need lender advice, RAP can share information about realtors and lending organizations that have served University personnel.
You might be interested in purchasing a home in the University Grove, an architecturally unique neighborhood across from the St. Paul Campus. The 103 University Grove homes are located on land owned by the University of Minnesota.
Other housing search options
- Corporate Housing
- Corporate Housing by Owner
- Craigslist - Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Marquette Place
- The MLSonline