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Student Life

Something big awaits you. Here, you'll encounter people and ideas from around the world that will inspire your thinking and take you down unexpected paths. Discover life on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.


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First year students live on campus


U of M students studying abroad


international students


First year students live on campus

Meet Our #UMNdriven Students

At the U of M you can dream, and you can do. You can dive in and create. You can build and become, learn, and discover. And you can share your successes and those of everyone you meet here who inspires you. Share what makes you #UMNproud through any of our many social media channels.

Housing and Dining

When you live on campus, you'll get a jump-start on meeting new people and developing lifelong friendships while being close to classes, libraries, rec centers, restaurants, and whatever resources you need, from mental health support to work-study jobs. Nearby, the campus is surrounded by distinct and welcoming neighborhoods, so whether you commute or live close, there are endless places to discover.

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Get Involved

Students come together to socialize and learn from each other in countless ways. Across campus and in every major, you'll discover purpose, community, and opportunity.

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Student Groups

Student groups are a great way to get involved. There are more than 900, from the Alpine Ski Team to the Capoeira Club. Join a group or start your own!

Student Groups
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Community Engagement

Develop your strengths and leadership skills through service learning and other community engagement opportunities in the vibrant Twin Cities.

Community Engagement
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Greek Life

Membership in a fraternity or sorority is an experience unlike any other. Join the more than 3,000 students who participate in Greek life on campus.

Greek Life
Chamberlain Gregg, in white drum major suit, poses dramatically on the football field.

"Everything I loved was bigger and better in college. … I wanted to be in the band."

Chamberlain Gregg '21

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Read Chamberlain's story

Student Health

Your health matters. That’s why our students are automatically enrolled in student health benefits. With top-notch medical care and insurance, we’ve got everything you need to stay healthy, right here on campus.

Club Sports and Recreation

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Centered in a vibrant metropolitan community, the Twin Cities campus is also a world in itself—with miles of bike paths, numerous lakes, and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area right in the heart of campus. You'll also have access to state-of-the-art recreation and wellness facilities, with programs in everything from intramural sports to outdoor recreation and fitness programs.

Recreation and Wellness

Kania Johnson

“How can I help kids so they can advocate for themselves?”

Kania Johnson, graduate student

Public policy

Read Kania’s story

Arts and Culture

Art plays a meaningful cultural and educational role throughout the U of M campus, inspiring students to think differently about their world. With more than three dozen public artworks and the magnificence of Northrop, the Weisman Art Museum, the Bell Museum, and the West Bank Arts Quarter, inspiration is just a step away. Meanwhile, the Twin Cities is also home to a dynamic arts community. The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Guthrie Theater, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are just a few examples.

Marianna Mattes

"Film is not a mirror with which you reflect reality, but rather a hammer with which to smash it."

Marianna Mattes '18

Cultural studies and comparative literature

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The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is incredibly important. Students receive real-time safety alerts via text message, and alarm buttons and emergency phones are located throughout campus. Parking facilities, skyways, and tunnels are monitored 24 hours a day with the aid of security cameras, and campus escorts are available to bike and walk with you to and from campus locations and nearby neighborhoods—just call 612-624-WALK.

Getting Around Campus

The Twin Cities campus is centered in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. You can pedal your own wheels or hop on a Nice Ride or electric scooter.

Not a cyclist? Free Campus Connector shuttles will carry you everywhere on campus, while buses and light rail guide you swiftly around the Twin Cities. And don’t worry about staying warm in winter—we’ve literally got you covered with an underground tunnel system.

Student riding a NiceRide bicycle across pedestrian bridge with Weisman museum in background
Alysha Alloway at a lightrail stop in Minneapolis

“Until we have equitable access to shelter for all, 24-hour transit routes are crucial.”

Alysha Alloway ’19

MA, Geographic information science

Read Alysha’s story


A man and a woman, both wearing masks, in a health care setting.

More than a mask

Abdennour Abbas and his team at a textile startup company are creating face masks engineered to kill viruses like COVID-19 as soon as they make contact with the material.

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