It’s easy to lose your bearings when you’re at University of Minnesota Twin Cities because it’s huge. It’s sectioned into three campuses and depending on which faculty you belong to, you might spend more time in one campus more than the other. In fact, during my first semester, I largely hung out on the East Bank campus.
Where to go for a nice cup of joe to work on your assignment
Two things that every university student needs: a strong cup of coffee at a cafe with fast download speed. I have hopped from every cafe within a 3 mile radius and I still prefer Purple Onion Café at Dinkytown. You can order their “mug for here” if you’re staying the entire day (or for an extended period of time). The reason I love it is because you need to get some grub while you’re studying or working on your assignment and they have a large selection on their menu. You’ll be spoilt for choice whether you’re having breakfast, lunch, or tea. Plus, they sell really nice ice cream as well - for days when you need to treat yourself.
Unfortunately, it’s usually packed because it’s a popular haunt. When I can’t find a seat around here, I usually head to Walter Library because there’s a quaint cafe called Wise Owl Café at the ground floor and it serves its purpose.
Where to eat at night when you’re craving for supper
Studying till late at night? Feeling peckish or absolutely starving? I found a place right at University Avenue where you can get delicious calzones. Whoever can say no to a piping hot melty calzone shouldn’t even be your friend, unless they are vegetarians… In which case, there’s a veggie joint right nearby where you can get vegan calzones so you and your friends can chomp down together on the same kind of cheesy goodness. Whoever invented the calzone is a genius.
Where to go when you need to get a spot of fresh air
The whole campus is essentially a walk in the park, there’s benches and plenty of hidden-in-plainview spots where you can lay down and get your reading done. However, if you’re looking for something a little more out-of-the-way with less foot traffic, my personal favorite haunt is ‘The Lawn’ near East Bank.
By the way, Magrath Library also has plenty of tables and chairs for you to chill, if you’re not a fan of lying on the grass.
I absolutely loved my time at University of Minnesota. There’s so much to do and so much to see since we’re right at the border between Minnesota and Minneapolis. It’s a lovely state sharing a lovely university with a beautiful campus. I’d highly recommend anyone to study here, whether you’re local or international. It’s a place like no other. They are currently taking steps to curb the coronavirus pandemic, and while the campus might not be restored to its former glory anytime soon, it is still a good choice to further your studies there.