University is a neighborhood that is exactly like what it sounds like; a community that is almost completely occupied by the University of Minneapolis campus. Despite the fact that the Mississippi River is such a dominant force in Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul, University is actually the only neighborhood in Minneapolis that exists on both sides of the river. These two sections are known and the East Bank and the West Bank.
University has been a progressive community for decades, mostly because of the young population who live here, but also because of its close proximity to the downtown Minneapolis area. Many students live here, and the community is filled with affordable housing, restaurants, bookstores, theaters and coffee shops. Some notable establishments are the Bell Museum of Natural History, Weisman Art Museum, Cedar Riverside People’s Center and Minnesota Centennial Showboat in the summer months.