Housing Information for J-1 Scholars

Finding housing is an important step for living, studying, and working at the University of Minnesota. There are a variety of housing options available to students and scholars both on-campus and off-campus.

We assembled the following resources and information for you about housing.

When to Arrive

Most international students and scholars arrange housing when they arrive in Minnesota. If you will live off-campus, we recommend that you arrive three weeks in advance to search for housing and make other arrangements. Before the fall semester, inexpensive temporary housing is available specifically for international students. This will give you time to find the housing situation that fulfills your needs.

Temporary Housing

Before the start of the fall semester, new international students can stay in the International Early Arrival Housing. This temporary on-campus housing is an affordable option for new students needing somewhere to stay before they can move into their permanent on- or off-campus housing. For costs and reservations, please visit International Early Arrival Housing.

Temporary Housing is not available on campus before the start of the spring/summer semesters or at other times in the year.

There are a variety of hotels near the University of Minnesota campus. When making a reservation, you should ask whether they have discounts related to the University of Minnesota. For information about local hotels, visit the following websites:

Additional Information

We recommend that you do not sign a lease or contract before viewing the property. For more information on the legal rules surrounding renting an apartment, please review the information on the Student Legal Services website. It is important that you understand your legal responsibilities before you sign a lease. A lease is binding contract.

We wish you a safe travel and look forward to meeting you! If you have reviewed the information provided and have questions, please contact us.

Last updated: May 26, 2021