Off-Campus Housing

MCAD is located in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. Just one mile south of downtown, Whitter contains a number of popular landmarks such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Children's Theater, and Hennepin County History Museum. This area contains a rich concentration of artists, musicians, and cultural diversity.

There are plenty of great off-campus housing options in Whittier, however if you bike, drive, or take advantage of public transportation, your housing options expand.

Apartment Hunting Tips

Begin your search early. The more time you allow yourself to locate an apartment, the better the chance you have of finding a place that is suitable and affordable.

The MCAD Housing Office has a posting board of available off-campus apartments for rent. The listings on the postings board are by no means inclusive; searchers would do well to not limit their efforts to those listings posted at MCAD. (Note: The listings do not indicate approval or endorsement by MCAD. MCAD has not conducted any investigation into the backgrounds of any landlords, nor has it inspected any of the apartments which the landlords may have available for rent. MCAD cannot and does not make any representation, expressed, or implied regarding the condition or habitability of any such apartment or the reputation of the landlord.)

Apartment Search Resources
Neighborhood Searches and Word of Mouth

One of the best ways to find available rentals is searching through neighborhoods looking for "apartment available" signs. Also, some of the best apartments in the area pass from person to person with virtually no advertising. If you know someone who has lived in the area, they may be your best resource in finding an apartment.

Things to Consider
  • The first decisions you must make is what kind of living situation you want, how much you can afford per month, and where it is convenient to live.
  • Size of the apartment you want (efficiency/studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom)
  • Roommates. The number of individuals intending to share an apartment will determine the size you are looking for and the cost. Possible issues to discuss with your roommate(s) are rent and utility payments, allocation of space, housekeeping responsibilities, lifestyles, and lease terms.
  • Check the condition of the appliances, water pressure, walls, floors, ceiling, bathroom fixtures, locks, lighting, number of electrical outlets, telephone and cable hook-ups, and laundry facilities.
  • Trust your instincts! Do you feel safe? Is it clean? What are the neighbors like? Is there parking available? Storage? Is there easy access to grocery stores, gas stations, banks, buses, etc.?

As in any metropolitan city, there is no guarantee of safety. Common sense should be the rule for any resident of Minneapolis.

When looking for an apartment, consider the security of the building, such as well lit hallways and laundry room, security measures on accessible windows, and well lit streets near the building. Many apartment buildings have coded security entrances.

Consider contacting a department of the Minneapolis Police called Community Crime Prevention/SAFE at 612.673.3015. They can send/fax you a map of current crime incidents in the neighborhood you're considering.

If you have doubts about the safety of the neighborhood, drive through the area at night to get a better feel for it.


Meeting a landlord can be very much like looking for a job. Don't underestimate the importance of first impressions. It may determine whether you get the apartment. First impressions go both ways. Remember this is an individual with whom you are doing business. Be selective and judicious. Most importantly, ask questions!

Tenant–Landlord Relations

Resources are available should you need assistance in relations with your landlord.

Property Insurance

MCAD strongly recommends that all students living on or off campus have personal property insurance. Property/renter's insurance tends to be very affordable—and worthwhile. You might want to check on your parents' homeowners insurance; you may be able to add a property insurance rider at low cost.