Though Minneapolis and St. Paul offer the exciting amenities as many other big cities, they have many unique qualities that make them extremely livable and desirable for people in all stages of life. One of these appealing characteristics is the sense of community to be found in the Twin Cities, but especially in the numerous smaller neighborhoods within the larger cities. A number of the most popular neighborhoods are even located right near the University of Minnesota.
Dinkytown is a vibrant neighborhood in between Downtown Minneapolis and the north edge of the University campus. While the heart of Dinkytown only comprises a four-block area, you’ll find an eclectic collection of boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores and hair salons. Here, you’ll also find great entertainment, like wonderful musical performances at the Varsity Theater, as well as a number of viable housing options.
Located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus, Stadium Village is a thriving commercial district filled with businesses serving University of Minnesota students and neighborhood residents. This neighborhood is a sports fan’s dream, as it's home to our very own TCF Bank Stadium. This area is home to football, basketball, hockey, aquatic, and other athletic facilities.
Seven Corners/Cedar Riverside
Just blocks from downtown Minneapolis and on the edge of the University’s West Bank campus, you’ll find Seven Corners/Cedar Riverside—another neighborhood often filled with sports fans attending games or events at the nearby Metrodome. With so many restaurants and shops in the area, it’s easy for Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and, of course, Gophers fan to grab a great meal or refreshment before or after game time. As the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the state (45% of residents were born outside of the U.S.,) it’s the perfect place to expand your horizons and enjoy the company and food of different cultures and ethnicities.
Saint Anthony Park
Conveniently situated between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Saint Anthony Park is a neighborhood characterized by charm, beauty, and neighborly bonds. Residents and business owners alike show their hospitality, charm, and community pride through their wide array of community organizations, educational facilities, shops, restaurants, and other local businesses. Close to the St. Paul campus, this is a great choice to live, grab a bite, or enjoy a book at the historic Saint Anthony Park public library.
Neighboring the popular Dinkytown neighborhood is the city’s oldest neighborhood: Marcy-Holmes. A great mix of traditional and modern style, you’ll enjoy art galleries, small shops, and restaurants in this heavily student-populated neighborhood. As another option, enjoy a scenic stroll or bike ride over the magnificent Stone Arch Bridge, one of the best ways to enjoy the view of the Mississippi River’s St. Anthony Falls.
Much like Saint Anthony Park, you’ll find the cozy Southeast Como neighborhood between our two University campuses. The Como area has long been considered a favorite for those looking to increase their surrounding green space. This is reflected by the residents’ passion for and participation in environmental initiatives, such as tree planting, the opening of community gardens, and even the development of Como Green Village, a community based on sustainability and community participation. Inhabited by lush trees, peaceful gardens, and friendly residents, Southeast Como is a great way to enjoy a natural oasis in the middle of the urban commotion.
The Greater Longfellow neighborhood is made up of four individual neighborhoods including Longfellow, Howe, Cooper, and Hiawatha. This neighborhood is close to campus and easily accessed by the Metro Transit light rail, making it a breeze to enjoy all that it has to offer. Whether you want to bike along the Mississippi River, take advantage of the many businesses on Lake Street, or soak up the beauty of Minnehaha Falls, you won’t be disappointed by Longfellow.