Living in Minneapolis

Join a Thriving Business Community

Many Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Minneapolis-St. Paul; more than any other metro its size. As a Carlson School's student, you'll leverage the School’s connection to a flourishing business community, located in your backyard. The Twin Cities is home to leading companies representing a wide variety of industries.


Minnesota is the top state for business - CNBC


Fortune 500 Company Headquarters


of the largest private companies in the United States


Best City for Job Seekers - Nerd Wallet


Best City for Young Entrepreneurs - Nerd Wallet


Top City in the World for Attracting Recent Graduates - LinkedIn


Lowest unemployment rate in the United States


Healthiest City in America - Forbes

Enjoy a Vibrant Social Scene and an Unmatched Quality of Life

The Minneapolis area is nationally acclaimed for its quality of life and abundance of entertainment offerings. You'll find everything you could want in city life. Enjoy world-class museums, professional sports teams, great food, fantastic music, and an abundance of green space. Minneapolis is truly a great place to live.



Watch: Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of only a few cities with five major league professional sports teams: the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, and United FC.  No matter which team you’re cheering for, you’ll watch the game at a state-of-the-art stadium in Minneapolis. Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, was ranked the No. 1 Best Sports Stadium in North America by ESPN Magazine.

Play: Join a community of active students at the University of Minnesota. Access a world-class recreation center, golf course, and dozens of intramural sports leagues. In addition to University leagues and facilities, the Minneapolis area boasts an array of rec centers and sports leagues.

Recreation and Outdoors

Green space amid city living: The outdoor amenities in the Minneapolis area that surround the Carlson School campus are unmatched.

#1 Healthiest City in America - Forbes
#1 Healthiest City in America - Livability
More than 170 parks cover nearly 17 percent of the city
120 miles of bike trails make Minneapolis one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world
Known as the land of 10,000 lakes, beaches, boating, and fishing are always nearby

Sailboats on the Water
Arts and Culture at the University of Minnesota

Arts and Culture

The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Guthrie Theater, First Avenue venue, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts are only a few of the many cultural icons in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Dining and Nightlife

The best-kept-secret in the Midwest, Minneapolis offers countless tasty destinations to eat and drink.

#5 Best Food City in America - Time Magazine
19 taprooms located throughout Minneapolis brewing some of the best beer in the country

Dining and Nightlife options in Dinkytown at the University of Minnesota

Moving to Minneapolis

Housing at the University of Minnesota


Living Near Campus: The Carlson School is surrounded by several distinct and welcoming neighborhoods. The majority of Carlson School's students choose to live off campus.
Living On Campus: As one of the largest universities in the country, the University of Minnesota has plenty of on-campus housing options for students. Housing options range from residence halls to groups of students with similar academic or cultural interests living together in tight-knit Living Learning Communities. View Housing & Residential Life
Living in Surrounding Areas: Some students choose to live in nearby cities outside of Minneapolis.


Bike: The Carlson School is centered in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. Pedal your own wheels or hop on a Nice Ride rental.
Bus & Light Rail: Free Campus Connector shuttles will carry you everywhere on campus, while buses and light rail guide you swiftly around the Twin Cities. Public transit is the most inexpensive way of getting to the Carlson School campus. Students can purchase a deeply discounted metro-area transit pass that gives them 24/7 unlimited access to public buses and the light rail system.
Drive to School: Drive to campus and park in one of the many lots around the Carlson School. Contract parking passes are also available to students each semester.

Transportation at the University of Minnesota ( Light Rail)