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Considering your options is a normal part of each school year—whether it is in University-owned housing or in a nearby neighborhood. No matter what you choose, we want you to make your next move with confidence.
The University shares a common goal with area properties to make affordable, quality housing opportunities available to students. This listing service is managed by Housing & Residential Life and bars property managers/owners with three or more unresolved or substantiated issues with Student Legal Services from participating.
Our partners in the Off-Campus Living office provide great opportunities and resources for students looking and/or living off-campus. OCL staff are ready to assist renters and commuters with issues or questions about living off-campus.
Visit their website for more about renting near campus, finding roommates, and commuting to campus.
Look for details on Off-Campus Housing Fairs offered each spring and fall to help you know your rights and responsibilities before you sign a lease.
Attend workshops on tenant legal rights, get tips on how to be a good neighbor, and meet local exhibitors and rental teams—all free for UMN students!
To promote our shared goal of making affordable, quality housing opportunities available to University students, the University and Property Managers/Property Owners agree to the conditions outlined below for participation in University programs including but not limited to the Off-Campus Listing Service and the Off-Campus Housing Fair.
Off-Campus Housing Program Policy Statement
By housing University of Minnesota Students, a property manager and/or owner represents that the properties they lease comply with applicable local, state, and federal law, including municipal housing maintenance codes, all local rental registration or licensing requirements, and manager screening requirements. The University may refuse to allow participation in programs or may de-list, any properties when the University becomes aware of chronic code violations or repeated unresolved tenant complaints involving the Property Manager/Property Owner.
The University offers several programs to anyone who has a property in the seven-county metro area, including but not limited to the Off-Campus Listing Service and Off-Campus Housing Fairs. The University reserves the right to refuse to allow Property Managers/Property Owners and their properties to take part in such University programs, or to de-list already participating properties, in any of the circumstances outlined below.
- The University reserves the right to refuse to allow participation in University programs or to de-list all of the Property Manager’s/Property Owner’s properties when that Property Manager/Property Owner has had three or more substantiated or unresolved tenant complaints filed with the University Student Legal Services (USLS) within the previous twelve-month period. A complaint is considered substantiated if it results in a court decision granting a remedy to the tenant, and is considered unresolved if the Property Manager/Property Owner has not made a good faith effort to respond to and or settle the complaint with USLS or tenant.
- The University reserves the right to refuse to allow participation in University Programs or to de-list any or all of the Property Manager’s/Property Owner’s properties when the University is aware that the Property Manager/Property Owner has been included on the City of Minneapolis’ “Good Cause List” provided by the City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services.
- The University reserves the right to refuse to allow participation in University Programs or to de-list any property based on misrepresentation(s) by the Property Manager/Property Owner to the University or University Program.
A Property Manager/Property Owner who is refused participation in University Programs or is de-listed under the provisions of this program policy shall not be permitted to participate in any University Programs for a period of 12 months, and then only if the Property Manager/Property Owner satisfies the University that the problems with tenant complaints and regulatory services issues have been resolved and the relationship with the University and University Students has improved.