Twin Cities Information and Resources

Set in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and its students are able to experience and take part in the exciting and diverse culture of two of America's premier cities. The Twin Cities are renowned for their quality of life, outdoor recreation spaces, diverse culture, and much more! Learn more about the Twin Cities and the University's place in them through the resources below.

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Location 

The thriving University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus stretches over 1,150 acres in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Nestled around the scenic Mississippi River, the Minneapolis campus sits under the shadow of a sparkling downtown skyline. At the U of M, you’ll find unlimited opportunities for entertainment, culture, and hands-on experience right outside your front door. Just minutes from campus you can attend a professional sports game, shop at the country’s largest mall, dine at a trendy restaurant, get inspired at the Weisman Art Museum (on-campus), or kick back and relax at one of our local coffee shops. Learn more from the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions.

Twin Cities Diversity

Meet Minneapolis will give you all sorts of information about things to see and do in the city, as well as information on various neighborhoods. As noted, "Minneapolis is home to a robust African American community, a strong Native American heritage, the largest Somali population in the US, the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations, and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations. The city’s many distinctive neighborhoods offer rich places for visitors to discover... ethnic shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities." Visit St. Paul too outlines things to see and do, and describes the history of various neighborhoods, such as Frogtown, which is "one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the Midwest" and Rondo, which was once "the heart of Saint Paul’s most prominent African-American community."

Twin Cities Multicultural Directory

The Twin Cities Multicultural Directory was developed by the University of Minnesota's Graduate School Diversity Office as a courtesy to inform University students, staff, and faculty about resources and services within the Twin Cities area. The directory can be viewed by major category or by the primary community served. The University of Minnesota does not endorse any of the resources or services listed in the directory that are external to the University. 

Welcome to Your Community Resource Guide

The Office for Equity and Diversity's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) compiled a list of information in the Twin Cities to welcome individuals to the University of Minnesota and to help connect them with diversity resources. Learn more through the Welcome to Your Community resource guide (PDF).

Twin Cities Living Relocation Guide

 Review this helpful site to get a good overview of the Twin Cities, learn why we love living here, and research different areas of the Cities to see where you might make your new home.