Our Neighborhood

Grab a coffee or a quick lunch

The Victoria Crossing area, a block south, has many choices when you need a study break.

Within a few minutes walk you’ll find two Caribou Coffee locations, Starbucks, Jimmy John’s, Grand Ole Creamery, Brasa Rotisserie, Bread and Chocolate, Chipotle, Ben & Jerry’s, Bruegger’s, Café Latte, Punch Pizza, India House, and D’Amico & Sons.

Great places to live

Just over one of every seven of our students lives in the two ZIP codes surrounding the college. There are hundreds of apartments for rent within walking distance, and many of the Summit Avenue mansions have apartments or carriage houses for rent.

Find rental property in our Housing Bulletin.

The things you want and need close by

Between the Grand/Selby areas and the nearby Midway area you’ll find most of life’s necessities. Here is a short list: Kowalski’s grocery store, Coastal Seafood, Cub Foods, Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, Whole Foods and Mississippi Markets, YWCA, Breadsmith and Great Harvest bakeries, Herberger’s Department Store, and many salons and spas.

Dining, Nightlife, and Shopping

You have plenty of dining options right in the neighborhood, from Mediterranean to Asian to all-American. The restaurants of the Grand Avenue and Selby Avenue areas are destinations for people from all over the Twin Cities.

Some of the popular area eateries and night spots are Billy’s on Grand, Wild Onion, Salut Bar Americain, Sweeney’s, W. A. Frost, Cheeky Monkey Deli, La Grolla, Fabulous Fern’s, Tavern on Grand, The Uptowner, Green Mill, Saji-Ya, Dixies, Barbary Fig, and the Bonfire Grille.

The area also has many specialty shops and salon/spas, such as lululemon athletica, CorePower Yoga, Anne Taylor Loft, Anthropologie, Cooks of Crocus Hill, Pottery Barn, Chico’s, Juut Salon, Creative Kidstuff, Bibelot, and Moxie Hair Salon.

A beautiful, historic area

Summit Avenue is a favorite for walkers, runners, and bicyclists. Tree-lined boulevards run from the Cathedral near downtown St. Paul west to the Mississippi River.

Seasonal events liven up the neighborhood. Grand Old Day draws large crowds for food and music the first Sunday each June on Grand Avenue, and Summit is on the Twin Cities marathon route.

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