Living in the Twin Cities


Chartered in 1851, seven years before the Minnesota territory became a state, the University of Minnesota boasts 4,500 courses on its four campuses--Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, and Crookston. The Twin Cities campus is actually two campuses--one in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul. Enrollment at the University of Minnesota is 60,000, making it one of the largest universities in the United States. It ranks among the top 25 public and private research universities in the country. 

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are culturally rich in theater, with the Guthrie Theater and many professional and community theaters featuring regular performances; in dance, with the Minnesota Dance Theater and several other dance companies performing regularly; in music with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra heading the list of orchestral and chamber groups and with folk, country, jazz, and rock groups appearing regularly in the metropolitan area; and in art with the works of both local and international artists displayed at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, and the Weisman Art Museum

The Mississippi River and more than 200 picturesque lakes in the greater metropolitan area provide opportunities for swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, or just sunning and relaxing in the summer; and for skating, hockey, broomball, and ice fishing in the winter. On land, people can enjoy the vast park system, with its network of foot paths, cross country skiing and bicycle trails, numerous public golf courses, and open recreational areas.


The University offers assistance in finding on- and off-campus housing. The Housing Office lists units available for rent and administers dormitory housing. Interns who are married or in domestic partnerships can apply for apartments in the Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative. Our local newspapers, the StarTribune and Pioneer Press also have housing listings.