As one of the only Big Ten universities within walking distance to a dynamic metropolis, students benefit from all that the city has to offer. The Twin Cities offers endless opportunities for you to explore outside of the classroom.
Twin Cities, Twin Campuses
The thriving University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus stretches more than 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. The nearby St. Paul campus is home to rolling green space and historic architecture.
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 find an internship at the State Capitol, attend a professional sporting event, shop at one of the world’s largest shopping malls, dine at a trendy uptown restaurant, get inspired at the Weisman Art Museum—which is located on-campus, or kick back and relax at one of our local coffee shops.
Love Your Neighbors
The U of M’s friendly campus neighborhoods are the perfect place to grab a meal with your friends, find a new pair of jeans, or buy that new maroon and gold sweatshirt you’ve been eyeing. These off-campus neighborhoods are as much a part of the U of M as the campus itself—and a place that many U of M students, staff, and faculty call home.
Dinkytown is an eclectic collection of coffee shops, clothing stores, restaurants, hair salons, and bookstores. Dinkytown has a great history for University students. As a U of M student, singer and songwriter Bob Dylan strummed his guitar on the streets of this unique neighborhood.
Sports fans and alumni proudly sport maroon and gold as they cheer on the Golden Gophers in this neighborhood, named after its many athletic venues.
Seven Corners is just blocks away from downtown Minneapolis. If you visit this campus neighborhood, you’ll likely see Twins, Vikings, or Gopher sports fans hitting up the local restaurants for food before or after a game. You’ll also find great ethnic eateries and shops in this area, including Indian and African cuisine.
Our cozy St. Paul campus offers beautiful green space with a small-campus vibe. St. Paul is home to the College of Agricultural, Food and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Biological Sciences. Students often relax at Lori's Coffee House or the St. Paul Student Center.
Curious about the Twin Cities? Make your campus visit into a vacation by exploring museums, theaters, sports, and more. U of M students don’t spend all of their time on campus, and visitors shouldn’t either.
The Minnesota Vikings play at U.S. Bank Stadium which is just quick light rail ride from campus! While the stadium was being built, the Vikings played on the University of Minnesota campus at Huntington Bank Stadium. Learn more
Find out why Minnesota is called "The State of Hockey" and catch a Minnesota Wild game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, which is also just a quick light rail ride from campus! Learn more
Mall of America
With 500+ stores and 42 million visitors a year, the Mall of America is the second-largest shopping mall in the nation. A movie theater, restaurants, and specialty stores ensure you can always find whatever you’re looking for. Learn more
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
Located south of the U of M in Eagan, and a short drive from the Mall of America, the Twin Cities Premium Outlet offers deep discounts on all the best stores and brands! Learn more
This page mentions just a sampling of what the Twin Cities have to offer. If you’re looking for more activities and attractions in the area, check out Meet Minneapolis and the St. Paul Convention & Visitors Authority.