The Twin Cities

Downtown Minneapolis skyline at night

With campuses in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota combines the intimacy of a college town with the urban lifestyle of a large metropolitan area. The Twin Cities offer a unique blend of two city centers, lots of green space, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Living & Commuting

Most graduate students live off campus in locations across the Twin Cities. Compared to many other major metropolitan areas in the United States, Minneapolis and St. Paul provide conveniently-located and affordable housing.

An outstanding public transportation system includes commuter and light rail, as well as local and express bus service. Due to its extensive network of bikeways and bike-share programs, Minneapolis often ranks as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. One trail, the Midtown Greenway, stretches 5.5 miles from the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi River along a former railroad corridor.


In the Twin Cities, you can enjoy many activities all year round: biking, hiking, climbing, outdoor life, and numerous winter sports. If you prefer to stay indoors, the University Recreation & Wellness Center (including a pool) is only five-minutes walking distance from the department's offices.

Arts & Culture

The Twin Cities have more than 100 theaters, a lively music scene, many arthouse cinemas, and several renowned museums. Critics and journalists repeatedly praise Minneapolis for its innovative architectural projects, such as the restructuring of the industrial Mill City area along the Mississippi River.

The Cities’ diverse mix of communities makes for a lively cultural scene. Minneapolis and St. Paul are also known for their innovative restaurants. Besides Minneapolis’ famous Eat Street, representing over 50 national cuisines, the Twin Cities offer a thriving network of organic and local food co-ops.