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Something big awaits you

Across campus and in every major, you'll discover purpose, community, and opportunity. Watch "Dream Big."

Student Life

If you are inspired by a big challenge, you've come to the right place! Set on the banks of the Mississippi River and surrounded by a vibrant metropolitan community with agricultural roots, the U of M's Twin Cities campus is a place for seekers in all fields.


Living on Campus

Ninety percent of first-year University of Minnesota students live on campus. You'll meet new people and develop long-lasting friendships while being near classes, the student union, libraries, and recreation centers. Housing options range from residence halls to groups of students with similar academic or cultural interests living together in tight-knit Living Learning Communities.

Living Near Campus

Our campus is surrounded by distinct and welcoming neighborhoods. Whether you commute from home or are ready to move off campus, find resources you need at Off-Campus Living. When you're ready, you can search for off-campus housing.

My favorite thing about the U...the people here. Everywhere you go, in your classes, clubs, and social settings, there are a huge variety of backgrounds and personalities. It makes for a more interesting place.

Jamie, senior

Student Groups and Activities

Our students come together to socialize and learn from each other in more than 800 student groups, from the Alpine Ski Team and the Black Student Union, to the Bass Fishing Team and the Capoeira Club. We also have an active Fraternity and Sorority community.

In addition, you can develop your strengths and leadership skills through service learning and other community engagement opportunities.

Join a Student Group—or Create Your Own

  • Group of students around a table
    Get Involved
    Student groups are a great way to get involved. More than 800 student groups are active at the U of M. Join a group—or start your own!
  • Ice Climber
    Cold climbing
    The Minnesota Climbing Team trains new and experienced climbers for collegiate competitions.
  • Student with a hula hoop on Northrop Mall
    Hoop Dancing on Northrop Mall
    Anyone for the (hula) Hoop Club?
  • Downhill Skier
    Outdoor opportunities
    We have all the fun of all the seasons—no need to hide inside in the winter. Join the Alpine Ski Team student group, which encourages acceptance, companionship, leadership development, and, of course, skiing.
  • Student Painting the Inside of the Washington Avenue Bridge
    Paint the bridge
    Each year hundreds of student groups paint a square of the iconic Washington Avenue Bridge, which connects the U's East and West Bank campuses across the Mississippi River.
  • Outdoor Dance Demonstration
    Performance dance
    The Omulu Capoeira Guanabara student group performs at the Minnesota State Fair. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of self-defense, music, dance, and acrobatics.
  • Radio K Deejays in the Booth
    Radio K public radio
    Make your voice heard. Join Radio K, the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota.

Who Are Our Students?

The University of Minnesota is a diverse and inclusive environment, with students from all 50 states and 142 countries. Here you'll encounter people and ideas from around the world that will challenge your thinking and take you down unexpected paths.

Learn more about diversity and the U of M at the Office for Equity and Diversity.

My time at the U so far has been about creating new opportunities for my future. Eventually I want to become a physical therapist. And, of course, I want to make my mom proud.

Jimmy, senior

Arts and Culture

The Twin Cities believe in art and artists. The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Guthrie Theater, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts —these are just a few examples. The University of Minnesota’s arts programs are connected to all these creative communities.

Our campus offers the magnificence of Northrop, the Weisman Art Museum, the Bell Museum of Natural History, the Goldstein Museum of Design, and the West Bank Arts Quarter.

Recreation and Wellness

Stay Healthy

At the University of Minnesota, your health matters. With top notch medical care and insurance, we’ve got everything you need to stay healthy, right here on campus.

Stay Fit

Centered in a vibrant urban area, the U of M is also a world in itself—with more than 10,000 trees, miles of bike paths, 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 centers.

Safe Campus

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is incredibly important to all of us at the University of Minnesota, and the Twin Cities campus is among the safest in the country. Students can receive real-time safety alerts via text message by signing up for Safe-U, 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 University of Minnesota 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 rental.

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. Or join a car-sharing program. And don’t worry about staying warm in winter—we’ve literally got you covered with an underground tunnel system.