Housing and Transportation

Housing and transportation costs in the Twin Cities are lower than the largest American cities, and about average for cities in the Midwest. The same holds true for meals, clothing and recreation.

Housing

Housing options for graduate students are abundant on the St. Paul campus, but because there are always waiting lists, students will want to apply early. Two student-family housing complexes provided by the University are the Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative (612-646-7526), adjacent to the St. Paul campus, and the Como Student Community Cooperative (612-378-2434), on the intercampus bus line between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.

Many of our students live in private apartments near campus. These can sometimes be more expensive than University housing or in apartments a bit farther from campus, but students often find affordable options.

Visit Housing and Residential Life (612-624-2994) to find out more about duplexes, houses, sleeping rooms, shared units, and sublets. Their main office is housed in Comstock Hall on the East Bank Campus.  

Transportation

Students with cars will find getting to and from the St. Paul Campus easier than at many other schools in large metropolitan areas. Because we have the adjacent Minnesota State Fairgrounds parking lot for use for a modest daily fee, this alleviates the usual troublesome parking problems on many university campuses around the country.

Students without cars won’t be without transportation, however. The Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) buses service both downtowns as well as suburban areas. Routes 223, 225, and 227 service the Roseville area. The University of Minnesota's Parking and Transportation Services provides free bus transportation on and between the Twin Cities campuses (East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul), and their website provides useful information on other suburban and regional transportation services to help students get to campus.