Family Housing

Housing-related Legal Services

Housing-related Legal Services

Services are provided to fee-paying University of Minnesota students and include lease review, tenant rights, deeds and contracts, repairs, security deposits, and evictions (unlawful detainer). Appointment required.
 
HOME Line provides free legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services so tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.  HOME Line works to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process.

Housing Search Sites

Housing Search Sites

Non-profit organization focused on affordable housing for low-to-middle-income households. Offers a search tool and educational resources on housing related topics.
Provided by the U of M's Housing & Residential Life Off-Campus Housing Listing Service.

Community-Based Affordable and Subsidized Housing

Community-Based Affordable and Subsidized Housing

Nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing with services throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Serves over 10,000 people — including families, seniors, and people with disabilities and other barriers — throughout 50 cities. Must meet income guidelines and at least one person in the household cannot be a full time student.
 
Provides subsidized housing and support services to single mothers and their children (under the age of five), must meet certain eligibility requirements. On-site child development center.
 
Met Council housing program that administers the federal Housing Choice Voucher program and related programs on behalf of nearly 100 suburban and rural communities throughout Anoka, Carver, and most of suburban Hennepin and Ramsey Counties.
 
Information on how to find and apply for public housing and Section 8 rental assistance.
 
Provides information on subsidized rental listings in the Twin Cities metro area and contact information for applying for rental assistance through Ramsey County.

Campus Family Housing

Campus Family Housing

General Information

There are two family housing cooperatives near the University of Minnesota for undergraduate and graduate students with families. One is closer to the St. Paul campus (Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative or CTC) and one is closer to the Minneapolis East Bank campus (Como Student Community Cooperative or CSCC).

General Information on University of Minnesota Campus Family Housing:

  • You must be an enrolled student with a minimum of 9 credits (undergraduate) or 6 credits (graduate) per semester to apply for housing.
  • Leases are offered on a month-to-month basis but require a 60-day notice to terminate.
  • Heat, water, electricity, and internet service are included in the rental cost.
  • You can only apply for one apartment size (one, two, or three bedroom apartment).
  • The security deposit is due within 7 days of accepting an apartment and is equal to one month of rent.
  • Extended guests are allowed, but must register with the housing office.
  • If you are pregnant with your first child, you can move in a maximum of four months before the due date of your child.
  • Dogs are not allowed, but some small animals are- please check with the specific cooperative for details.
  • Section 8 housing vouchers are accepted, though students are responsible to check that their housing units meet the Section 8 requirements.
  • Each family housing cooperative campus has a licensed child care center that provides care for children ages 16 months to 5 years. Child care centers are open to the community, but preference is given to family housing residents.
 
1250 Fifield Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 646-7526
  • $40 application fee
  • This housing complex has 464 units and is for University of Minnesota student families with or without children, or single parents who have 50 percent or greater legal custody of minor children.
  • Off-street, outdoor parking is available. Each household is allowed one vehicle at no charge. A second parking spot is available for an additional charge of $30 per month.
  • Upon the date students move in, they are welcome to stay for a maximum of 7 years total.
 
1024 27th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-2434
  • $50 application fee
  • This housing complex has 360 units and is for University of Minnesota student families with or without children, or single parents who have 50 percent or greater legal custody of minor children.
  • Residents have the ability to receive three rent extensions in one fiscal year.
  • There is no cost for on-site parking at CSCC.  Residents are limited to two vehicles, and must display the CSCC parking permit on the registered vehicles.  If you have more than two vehicles, you will need to park the additional car on the street. Each apartment is also given a visitor pass for guests to park in our parking lots. No assigned or covered parking.
  • After student residents graduate, they are given 90 days to move out.