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Area Information - St. Paul MN

at University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

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Tel: 1(651) 240-5666
E-mail: spa@ELS.edu

  • Located on the downtown campus of the University of St. Thomas.
  • Conveniently located in the vibrant city of Minneapolis .
  • Largest network of parks, biking, and walking trails of any metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Close to downtown cultural attractions such as theaters, museums, zoos, public gardens, professional sports arenas, bars and clubs.
  • One of the top music, arts, and theater scenes in the country.


Area Description

ELS St. Paul is located in the vibrant city of Minneapolis adjacent to the scenic historic capital city of St. Paul . The "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for being safe, friendly, and welcoming cities. People in the Twin Cities are very active, and love to be outdoors and adventurous all year round in the many natural parks and beautiful lakes that the area offers. They also have a great love of music and the arts, which can be seen in the long lists of events happening weekly and even daily. Further, there are also many opportunities to participate in or watch a wide variety of sports events.

Area Attractions

  • Land of 10,000+ lakes
  • Home of Minnesota Zoo and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  • Brand new professional football and professional baseball stadiums
  • The Mall of America is the largest retail and entertainment center in the USA
  • Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world
  • The famous Mississippi River, bluffs, and caves

Distances to Key Locations (from ELS Center)

Housing Options: Minutes Method
Homestays in the area (Homestay) Up to 45 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
St. Paul Student Residence (Student Residence (off campus)) 25/45/10 Bike/Bus/Car
Local Places:    
Airport 40/20 Bus or light rail/Car
Bank 5 Walk/Bike
Downtown Area 1 Walk
Post Office 10 Walk
Restaurants 5/2 Walk/Bike
Shopping Mall/Outlet 5 Walk/Bike
Public Transportation 5 Walk/Bike
Supermarket 5 Walk/Bike
Pharmacy 5 Walk/Bike
Sports Stadium 10 Walk/Bike
Other Nearby Cities:    
Chicago, IL 540/420 Bus/Car
Madison, WI 300/240 Bus/Car

Local Transportation

  • The St. Paul Minneapolis area has a good public transportation system, Metro Transit: www.metrotransit.org/ that includes both buses and trains.
  • ELS students can purchase a discounted student bus and train pass from the University of St. Thomas.
  • ELS students are provided a student ID card that enables them to use the free shuttle bus that travels between the downtown Minneapolic campus and the St Paul campus every 20 minutes.

Recommended Hotels

Contact hotel directly for prices.

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
800 American Blvd E.
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 952.854.2100
Discounts available for ELS students

DoubleTree Hilton Minneapolis
1101 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
Phone: 612.332.6800

Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-333-4646