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Hello,

I am incoming grad student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  My partner and I will be relocating from California.  I am wondering if anyone can give us some insight on housing in Minneapolis.  We are looking for a neighborhood that isn't too loud and busy but has close access to grocery stores and coffee shops.  Preferably, I would like to be near a bus stop in order to get to campus easily.

Thank you!

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Hope you found a good place. Re: bus stop, it would depend on which campus you're going to be on. Metro Transit has a decent website. Google also does a decent job at showing transit alternatives between two locations.

Re: neighborhoods, I'm fond of Seward ( pron. SOO-urd) neighborhood, which has a great cooperative natural foods grocery store; Northeast Minneapolis (ditto), which actually is made up of a bunch of smaller neighborhoods. Some of the first-ring suburbs are decent and relatively accessible via transit...or even commuter biking, in some cases (it's a "thing" here); e.g., St Louis Park. Parts of Longfellow are quiet, but there aren't a lot of apartment buildings there. Maybe St Anthony Park in St Paul (there's a free circulator bus that connects from the St Paul to the main campus); there's even a cooperative family student housing entity, Commonwealth Terrace, adjacent to the St Paul campus, but there may be a waiting list for that. Also, places a little more distant have express buses to the U, so don't rule them out. Those routes are listed here: https://www.metrotransit.org/university-of-minnesota-bus-routes.

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Hello all! Curious if anyone has any suggestions for neighborhoods near the St. Paul medical campus that is good for small families. We ideally want a private entrance type place, and pets allowed is a must!  Thanks :) 

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14 hours ago, GCBrittany said:

Hello all! Curious if anyone has any suggestions for neighborhoods near the St. Paul medical campus that is good for small families. We ideally want a private entrance type place, and pets allowed is a must!  Thanks :) 

Try St. Anthony Park or Como. Cathedral Hill is also a nice area if you don't mind a slightly longer commute. 

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Hi,

I'm considering UMN for an English PhD. I'd be moving with my wife, and, for the first six months, our income may be just the stipend (17-20k probably). So, is Minneapolis the kind of place where one can find a one-bedroom apartment or studio for $800-900/month or less, with bus or shuttle access to campus? Also, how do you feel about living in Minneapolis? We're coming from Brooklyn, which we dislike. The cost of living here is high, the affordable neighborhoods are bleak, the public transportation is congested, and it's loud and busy.

Thanks.

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1 hour ago, RK092089 said:

Hi,

I'm considering UMN for an English PhD. I'd be moving with my wife, and, for the first six months, our income may be just the stipend (17-20k probably). So, is Minneapolis the kind of place where one can find a one-bedroom apartment or studio for $800-900/month or less, with bus or shuttle access to campus? Also, how do you feel about living in Minneapolis? We're coming from Brooklyn, which we dislike. The cost of living here is high, the affordable neighborhoods are bleak, the public transportation is congested, and it's loud and busy.

Thanks.

I LOVE Minneapolis. You will find a lot of similarities with NYC (We are sometimes called the Little Apple), but it's much safer and they are only talking about the food and theater. For 800-900 a month, you could live in a one-bedroom in Uptown or Downtown in one of the older buildings, which I love. I live in a Victorian era building with all the Victorian features. In Uptown, you can walk to the lakes (Calhoun, Harriet, Lake of the Isles) and Lake St, which has tons of restaurants, bars, shopping, and theaters.

I'm just going to go copy what I wrote elsewhere here. I could type for hours about the joy of Mpls. 

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I will probably put the first post up this evening. Honestly, winter isn’t that bad. Even -20 is easy to deal with because there is almost no humidity. You do need to start your car a few times a day to let it warm up. Snow is great. We got 17” in uptown on Monday and only had one bad day of driving. They had the highways cleared by Tuesday morning and the neighborhoods by Wednesday morning. 

The U has a tunnel system, so you never have to go outside on campus if you don’t want to. 

Minneapolis is the most educated city in the USA. We have more Fortune 500 companies per capita than anywhere else in the US. We are now the most bikeable city, beating Portland and Seattle. We have the most green space out of all US cities. There are ski resorts within the city (well, the burbs) and you can cross country ski on any of the bike trails in the winter. Ice skating is free, including skates, on city lakes. 

Minne is diverse. We pride ourselves on the way we take care of refugees, so there are large Syrian, Somalian, and Hmong populations. That means great food. 

Traffic is not bad at all for a major city. I work 20 miles away on the other side of the city and even during rush hour, it’s only a 45 minute drive. You do have to get used to the stoplights on the on-ramps. That’s so people are nice and alternate getting on the interstate. 

Coffee is Caribou or Tim Hortons (or Dunn’s). We don’t do a lot of Starbucks here. Amazon has a big presence in the city, so we all use Amazon Restaurants. You can have any food delivered to your home from places within 10 miles. In my area, that’s anything from Mediterranean to Chinese to Indian to bar food. 

I live in the Carag neighborhood. It’s old Victorian apartments. I am three blocks one way from Lake Calhoun and three blocks another way to Lake Street, which is a trendy place full of bars, restaurants, shopping, and local amenities. Target is king here (headquartered in Minneapolis) and Walmart is only in the burbs. 

I honestly moved here for two reasons. The boyfriend is from Bloomington (Mall of America). And, I was tired of summer. Summer here is great. It’s never too hot. You may have a few 90 degree days, but most of the time, it’s in the 70s and 80s. 

Sorry that was so long, but I love this place. There is a reason that it is said that it is impossible to get people to move to Minneapolis, but once they get here, it’s impossible to get them to leave. 

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58 minutes ago, khigh said:

I LOVE Minneapolis. You will find a lot of similarities with NYC (We are sometimes called the Little Apple), but it's much safer and they are only talking about the food and theater. For 800-900 a month, you could live in a one-bedroom in Uptown or Downtown in one of the older buildings, which I love. I live in a Victorian era building with all the Victorian features. In Uptown, you can walk to the lakes (Calhoun, Harriet, Lake of the Isles) and Lake St, which has tons of restaurants, bars, shopping, and theaters.

I'm just going to go copy what I wrote elsewhere here. I could type for hours about the joy of Mpls. 

Thank you! That's very helpful. Sounds like a great place!

Another question: What are some of the affordable neighborhoods with relatively easy access to the campus? The one you've described sounds lovely, and I'm wondering if there are any others.

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10 minutes ago, RK092089 said:

Thank you! That's very helpful. Sounds like a great place!

Another question: What are some of the affordable neighborhoods with relatively easy access to the campus? The one you've described sounds lovely, and I'm wondering if there are any others.

Downtown, Uptown, Dinkytown (mostly undergrads). Public transportation is great here. Uptown is about 3 miles from campus and a lot of people bike it in the spring and summer.

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Last question! (For now...)

Does anyone know if there are commonly adjunct jobs in English departments that one can apply to externally? My wife is an adjunct, and she's wondering if she'll be able to continue doing this in Minneapolis. 

 

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Hey Minneapolis folks,

One of my friends is subletting her apartment (she had someone back out at completely the last minute, so it is available immediately)! It is super close to campus in the Seward neighborhood. Nice, well-lit one bedroom apartment in a building with ammenities such as a pool, sauna, and workout room. It allows cats and has optional heated underground parking. Rents for $1155/month. Please message me if you or anyone you know is interested. Thanks!

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I just officially signed my lease. I can not wait to move out to Minneapolis and start classes! :)

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Hey people already in or soon to be going to the Twin Cities,

I will be joining UMN as a history PhD this upcoming Fall and am looking for advice on living in the Twin Cities.

First off, where is the best place to live?  I've been doing my own research on this topic, and have read previous posts on this thread.  I was thinking that it might be better to live somewhere near to the university during my first year....so somewhere either north of the school, Marcy-Holmes etc. or along the light rail route towards St. Paul.  I would be open to living somewhere around Uptown if that looks like the best option (I do like the way that part of town sounds in terms of stuff going on etc.).

And second, I'm curious if there are any other incoming or current UMN grad students who might need a roommate or who want to jointly search for a place.  Just let me know if you are interested.

Any other advice about moving to and living in the Twin Cities is appreciated too!  I am very excited to be moving to such an exciting place.

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On 5/1/2018 at 3:49 PM, History&Baseball said:

Hey people already in or soon to be going to the Twin Cities,

I will be joining UMN as a history PhD this upcoming Fall and am looking for advice on living in the Twin Cities.

First off, where is the best place to live?  I've been doing my own research on this topic, and have read previous posts on this thread.  I was thinking that it might be better to live somewhere near to the university during my first year....so somewhere either north of the school, Marcy-Holmes etc. or along the light rail route towards St. Paul.  I would be open to living somewhere around Uptown if that looks like the best option (I do like the way that part of town sounds in terms of stuff going on etc.).

And second, I'm curious if there are any other incoming or current UMN grad students who might need a roommate or who want to jointly search for a place.  Just let me know if you are interested.

Any other advice about moving to and living in the Twin Cities is appreciated too!  I am very excited to be moving to such an exciting place.

- I live in Uptown now and it's really nice and there are express buses to the UMN campus... but it can be pricey to live here. If you found a roommate or two, this would be a good option. Lots to do in Uptown and good for if you like to keep your home and school life separate to a degree.

- Along the light rail into St Paul (Prospect Park and beyond) is an option, but for the decent-to-nice apartments the price is inflated, and it's not as nice of an area as Uptown. 

- Marcy-Holmes near St Anthony Main and the Stone Arch Bridge (campus side, not downtown side) is a great with a mix of older undergrads, grad students, and young families (there is an elementary school and a high school around there). It's walkable to campus or there is a bus that takes roughly 5-10mins. I lived in this neighborhood for 5 years, as an undergrad and a few years post-graduation, before moving to Uptown and I loved it. I would look there first for housing.

I love Minneapolis, and though I'm moving out-of-state for grad school this fall, feel free to message me if you have any questions about the Cities :)

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hello ! I would like to know about housing options for a single person apartment in 700-800$ range. I ama PhD student in fall'18 and moving from India. I would like to prefer housing which is near to metro line, bus line. Kindly, share your views.

thanks

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Hey guys,

I am relocating to Minnesota next summer to start my graduate study. I have been reading this lengthy post which extends back to 2009.However, I am having hard time looking up prices for studios around the U. because it is required to contact the renter in order to know the price. Do you know websites that enable me to search for studios and find prices immediately?

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Hi,

I have been accepted in a Masters program at University of Minnesota. As a person who lived with his parents during the undergraduate study, this will be my first time living on my own. I'm looking for any tips and pieces of advice on the best places to live around the University, living expenses, University facilities and students benefits.

 

Sorry for the lengthy post,

Thanks!

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On 10/19/2018 at 4:22 AM, GoGophers said:

Hey guys,

I am relocating to Minnesota next summer to start my graduate study. I have been reading this lengthy post which extends back to 2009.However, I am having hard time looking up prices for studios around the U. because it is required to contact the renter in order to know the price. Do you know websites that enable me to search for studios and find prices immediately?

I'd recommend looking at websites such as apartments.com, zillow.com, and apartmentlist.com. Alternatively, you could search craigslist and see what prices look like there.

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