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Details: Visiting Elmer L. Andersen Library

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Getting To/From Airport

The SuperShuttle shared van ride services most metro hotels for about $16 one way. The Holiday Inn Metrodome, only 2 blocks away, is often a convenient dropoff/pickup point for people.

Taxis are readily available. Fare is about $25 one way.

The Hiawatha Light Rail and Metro Transit buses provide an inexpensive link between the airport and the University of Minnesota campus (about $2). (Metro Transit rates and schedules) From the Airport to the University campus: Ride the light rail train to the Metrodome station. At the Metrodome station check the posted map for the nearby bus stop for routes 3, 16 and 50 which stop at Anderson Hall on the West Bank. (Your rail pass can be used to transfer to the bus.) Metro Transit buses heading to the University arrive at the Metrodome every three minutes during peak travel times. Once on campus, the free campus connector can be used to get to West Bank, East Bank or St. Paul.

FYI: There are no fareboxes on trains. Each person must pay for the ride before boarding the train. Ticket vending machines accept cash only. These machines accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills, but cannot give more than $10 in change. Fare inspectors will randomly ask to see proof of fare payment on trains and at stations. There is a $180 fine for riding the train without paying.

See also U of M Transportation Web site for more travel options including information links for campus shuttles and biking options.

Nearby Housing

  • U of M guest apartments may have temporary efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments which are located within easy walking distance of Andersen Library. Conventional dormitory rooms may be available during summer months.
  • Nearby recommendations from previous visitors Historic Faculty House and Wales House both offer discounted rates for extended stays.
  • List of off-campus housing maintained by University Housing. Inclusion on this list does not imply inspection or endorsement by the University of Minnesota. Availability and accommodations vary.
  • For an extended stay look at To locate nearby apartment rentals, search "near the University of Minnesota", enter the street address " 222 21st Ave S.", or enter the zip code " 55455". This search will pull up several apartments along with contact information. The search can be further defined for amenities such as furnished, # of bedrooms, corporate (short term furnished), near public transporation, etc. Apartments such as Heritage, Marquette and River Gate are often just a quick metro bus ride to campus.
  • The following local hotels generally offer contract rates for U of M visitors and researchers. Be sure to specify that you are a visitor to the Universitiy of Minnesota and ask for the University of Minnesota rate. Confirm at the time of your reservation the rate that you will be charged. To receive contract rates when making reservations at these hotels, you may need to obtain the current contract or corporate number from University of Minnesota staff. If you are unable to obtain the listed contract rate using on-line reservations for some of these hotels, contact UM staff for further assistance. (Rates are subject to change.) Researchers and visitors may also make other arrangements and, at times, find better rates offered through internet or other travel specials.
Hotel Rates Transportation
Aloft Minneapolis
900 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55415
ph: 1-612-455-8400
fx: 1-612-455-8410
Call or email for rate plus tax
  • complimentary shuttle
Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
ph: 1-612-370-1400
fx: 1-612-370-0351
$89 single or double plus tax. Corporate ID is needed for this rate.
  • complimentary shuttle
Days Hotel on University
2407 University Ave., SE,
Minneapolis MN 55414
ph: 1-612-623-3999
fx: 1-612-623-4741
$69-$99 single or double plus tax, depending on dates.
  • 25 minute walk to Andersen Library
  • complimentary shuttle
  • 10-15 minute walk and catch free campus shuttle bus
The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55401
ph: 1-612-375-1700 or 1-866-211-4611
$130 plus tax. A Rate Code is needed for this rate.
  • shuttle is available
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown
1101 4th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
ph: 1-612-339-6633
fx: 1-612-339-6644
$99-$109 plus tax
  • complimentary shuttle
The Hotel Minneapolis
215 4th Street South
Minneapolis MN 55401
ph: 1-612-215-5426
$149 single or double plus tax. Last room availability not guaranteed on contract rate.
  • all public transportation is available

Courtyard by Marriott
1500 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
ph: 1-612-333-4646
or 1-877-531-2703
fx: 1- 612-338-4049

$100-$110 single or double (depending on season) plus tax
  • 5 minute walk to Andersen Library
  • complimentary shuttle
Radisson Hotel Roseville
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville MN 55113
ph: 1-651-636-4567
or 1-866-444-6835
fx: 1-651-357-3910
$104 single or double plus tax
  • complimentary shuttle
The Commons Hotel Minneapolis
615 Washington Ave. SE,
Minneapolis MN 55414
ph: 1-612-379-8888
or 1-800-822-6757
fx: 1-612-379-8436
$104-$114 (2011)
$119 single or double (2012)
$124 single or double (2013)
plus tax
  • 15 minute walk to Andersen Library
  • complimentary shuttle
  • catch free campus shuttle
University Inn
925 4th Street SE,
Minneapolis MN 55414
ph: 1-612-746-1300
email through Web site
Call or email for rate plus tax
  • 20 minute walk to Andersen Library
  • 10 minute walk and catch free campus shuttle
The Westin Minneapolis
88 South 6th Street
Minneapolis MN 55402-1114
ph: 1-612-656-2361
$165 single or double plus tax.
  • all public transportation is available

Nearby Dining

University of Minnesota Dining Services

West Bank Dining

Acadia Cafe, 329 Cedar Ave S, (612) 874-8702,

Afro Deli & Coffee, 1939 South 5th St, (612) 871- 5555,

Chai Thai Restaurant, 414 1/2 Cedar Ave S, (612) 339-9385,

Chipotle Mexican Grille, 229 Cedar Avenue South

Jewel of India, 1427 Washington Ave. S., 612-339-0002,

Lucky Dragon Buffet, Corner Riverside and South 19th Ave, 612-375-1690 

Newkirk's Kosher Cafe, 1521 University Ave. 612-331-1228

Republic, 221 Cedar Ave S., 612-338-6146,

Toppers Pizza, 702 Washington Ave SE, (612) 876-4444

Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Ave. S., 612-339-8696,

The Wienery, 414 Cedar Ave S, 612-333-5798,


Selected East Bank Dining (Dinkytown and Stadium Village)

Al's Breakfast, 413 14th Ave SE, (612) 331-9991

Annie's Parlour (Dinkytown), 313 14th Avenue SE, 612-379-0744

Arby's (Stadium Village)

Big 10 Sub Shop (Stadium Village)

Brueggers Bagels (Stadium Village)

Burger King

Chipotle Mexican Grille (Stadium Village)

D'Amico & Sons (in Gateway Center)

Five Guys Burger and Fries, 1413 4th St SE, (612) 355-5500

Green Spoon, 2600 University Ave SE, (612) 208-0529,

Kafe 421 (Dinkytown), 421 14th Ave SE 612-623-4900,

Loring Pasta Bar (Dinkytown), 327 14th Ave SE, 612-378-4849,

McDonald's (Dinkytown)

Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro, 1510 Como Ave SE, (612) 331-1232,

Pagoda (Dinkytown), 1417 4th St SE, 612-378-4710,

Punch Neopolitan Pizza (Stadium Village) 802 Washington Ave SE, 612-331-3122    

Purple Onion Cafe, 1301 University Ave SE, (612) 252-0217,

Sally's Saloon and Eatery, 712 Washington Ave SE, (612) 331-3231

Shuang Cheng, (Dinkytown) 1320 4th St. SE, 612-378-0208,

Stub and Herbs (Stadium Village) 227 Oak St SE, 612-379-0555    

Taco Bell

Vescio's Italian (Dinkytown), 406 14th Ave SE, 612-378-1747,

Village Wok (Stadium Village)

Post Office

  1. Campus station in Coffman Memorial Union, lower level
  2. 2811 University Ave. SE (about one mile east of the campus)