Despite its name, Dinkytown is the most widespread neighborhood on the East Bank, with two residence halls, three apartment complexes, and one transitional townhouse community. Located on the north end of campus, this neighborhood is often considered the gateway to the University of Minnesota.
All of the student housing in this area, along with many of the fraternity and sorority houses, surround the University Avenue and 4th Street corridor. Students enjoy cozy cafes, used bookstores, live music venues, and more. There’s a restaurant for every craving, from pancakes to bánh mì, vegan ginger muffins, falafel, and pizza by the slice.
With its close proximity to TCF Bank Stadium, Williams Arena, and 3M Arena at Mariucci, this is also the place for college sports fans, whether you’re into football, basketball, hockey, or all of the above. The neighborhood is also close to Northrop Auditorium, where you can catch unforgettable world-class dance performances, lectures, and film screenings.
If you’re looking for that classic “college town” vibe, Dinkytown is where you’ll find it.
Juxtaposed with a bustling business district are beautiful outdoor spaces, from the knoll to the mile-long Dinkytown Greenway. The greenway provides a fun and functional way to explore, beginning near TCF Bank Stadium and passing through the East Bank, crossing an old train bridge that offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the Stone Arch Bridge. The trail ends on the West Bank, where it’s easy to continue the journey to West River Parkway and the historic Mill District of downtown Minneapolis.