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Connecting between the St. Paul and Minneapolis Campus

  The University of Minnesota has different campuses across the state, the one I attend is called the Twin Cities campus. Ever wondered why it's called that? Well it is because it encompasses both St. Paul and Minneapolis, two metropolitan areas which are close to each other (thus they are twins). There are university buildings in both cities with the Minneapolis campus having the majority of study areas. However, St Paul is home to a lot of the biological sciences, design and educational colleges. The dorm Bailey hall is also situated in St Paul.

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Since my major is Bioproducts Engineering, and the departamental buildings are in St Paul, I find myself commuting from my place in Dinkytown to St Paul quite often. The campuses are not very far, it is about a 10 min ride by car. However, if you don’t have a car, you would have to take the university buses or public buses. The university provides different bus routes (shown below) free of charge, personally I take the University Avenue circulator and the campus connector. Between 8am and 5pm they come very often, about every 5 minutes, so it usually takes me about 20-30 minutes to get to class from Dinkytown. It’s also pretty nice since I get dropped off right by my classes in the St Paul campus and there is an app which you can use to check where the buses are live!. The public buses are a little different since you do require payment but you can get a pass for 99$ a semester and it includes both the light rail and public buses. So if you find yourself taking a lot of public transportation, this might be a good deal for you. There are multiple routes that take you close to the St Paul campus, you just have to find the one that works best for you. You can see all the routes here.

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If you have any questions regarding transportation around the U or anything else, feel free to contact me!

 
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