Student biking on a tree lined path on the West Bank

West Bank

With an eclectic mix of cuisine and cultural offerings, the Minneapolis West Bank is among the most vibrant neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Along with dozens of different spoken languages, students can easily find a good restaurant, theater, or music venue that delivers an international experience.

Students of business, music, dance, fine arts, public affairs, and the social sciences frequently attend classes on the West Bank, so the atmosphere is one of diverse ideas and insights with ready access to lectures, films, and workshops.

If you’re in the mood for a picnic, nature hike, or bike ride, head down to Bohemian Flats Park and the scenic trails winding along West River Parkway. When you need to get to other parts of campus, the iconic Washington Avenue bridge offers a convenient walking or bike path with a bird’s eye view of the Mississippi River. You can also hop on a free Campus Connector bus or use your Universal Transit Pass to take a quick Metro bus or light rail ride. On the West Bank, you are only a few stops from both downtown Minneapolis and the rest of campus!

Campus Highlights

Thanks to the West Bank Arts Quarter, there’s always a live theater, music, or dance performance to take in with friends. University cultural institutions include Ted Mann Concert Hall, Rarig Center theatres, Regis Center for Art, and the Barbara Barker Center for Dance.

Wilson Library features collections focused on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, while the Andersen Library houses the digitization center and University Archives. 

Housing Options

Exterior of Middlebrook behind the West Bank pedestrian bridge
A community of over 900 students and its own dining hall and market.
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West Bank Townhouses
Five campus rentals with spacious units for undergraduate or graduate students.
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