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Old 11-10-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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They offered me a fee waiver and are a respected school. I like urban environments but am not overly familiar with the twin cities. How easy is it to live without a car? Also how is the nightlife, particularly the bar scene?
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: MPLS
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It's easy, especially since you're just going to school. Walkscore ranked us as one of the top ten most walkable cities in the country and as you can see there are tons of walkable areas in numerous urban business districts. A bike is a must: you've pretty much never lived in this city if you aren't taking advantage of its bike-friendliness: it's the only large American city that can compete with Portland. When it gets snowy or rainy there are several high-frequency easy-to-use bus routes: just get a refillable card and forget about carrying exact change.

As far as nightlife: what are you looking for? It's a city of about 400,000 in Minnesota: there are plenty of bars of all kinds. If you're looking for typical loud, dumb drunk college students then Dinkytown next to the university offers bars with loud top 40 junk and great selections of cheap ****ty beer. 1st Ave and Uptown also offers that, but with more guys with popped collars wearing sunglasses inside and chicks with fake blond hair and spray-on tans. I'm guessing that might not be what you're looking for as a law school student (or is it?).

If local live music joints are your thing then West Bank across the river is the place to go, although just south of there in Seward you also have a bowling alley which hosts punk-rock bands on Monday nights. Northeast just west of Dinkytown has a smattering of live music venues including folk, bluegrass and blues-rock among the options. On top of that breweries w/ attached brewpubs are popping up all over in a neighborhood already known for its love of beer. Downtown has its share from spots that host national acts to smaller ones that have some great rockabilly bands.

If you're looking to go out with slacks and a dress shirt there are young professionals'
bars, wine bars and others that specialize in cocktails only: $10 and up. Plenty of downtown areas: North Loop, Nicollet Ave, Mill District, and Loring Park offer plenty of fancy places.

Or maybe you want something that even NYC wishes it had: a zombie themed bar. It's located on the edge of the city's worst neighborhood right around the corner from a strip club and a blue-collar dive. Or for another interesting night out back in Northeast there's an intersection with a divey karaoke bar, gay bar, and Mexican restaurant-bar. You didn't say what would appeal to you, but I know at least one of those would hit the spot.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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It's pretty easy to get around without a car. If you need one, you can have a HourCar or ZipCar subscription for those errand-running days. I think as a professional student, you are eligible for the graduate housing which is located in Minneapolis (3 bus line) or St Paul (3 bus line or free Campus Connector).

If you ride a bike, you will expand your options.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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It's not a city where a huge number of people live without cars, but in your case it should be easy. I agree with the others; pick a neighborhood that is either within walking distance to campus, or pick one with easy bus access, then if you feel the need, join HOURCAR. And the bike suggestion is a good one. This is a hard-core bike city, even in winter.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Tallahassee
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It's easy, especially since you're just going to school. Walkscore ranked us as one of the top ten most walkable cities in the country and as you can see there are tons of walkable areas in numerous urban business districts. A bike is a must: you've pretty much never lived in this city if you aren't taking advantage of its bike-friendliness: it's the only large American city that can compete with Portland. When it gets snowy or rainy there are several high-frequency easy-to-use bus routes: just get a refillable card and forget about carrying exact change.

As far as nightlife: what are you looking for? It's a city of about 400,000 in Minnesota: there are plenty of bars of all kinds. If you're looking for typical loud, dumb drunk college students then Dinkytown next to the university offers bars with loud top 40 junk and great selections of cheap ****ty beer. 1st Ave and Uptown also offers that, but with more guys with popped collars wearing sunglasses inside and chicks with fake blond hair and spray-on tans. I'm guessing that might not be what you're looking for as a law school student (or is it?).

If local live music joints are your thing then West Bank across the river is the place to go, although just south of there in Seward you also have a bowling alley which hosts punk-rock bands on Monday nights. Northeast just west of Dinkytown has a smattering of live music venues including folk, bluegrass and blues-rock among the options. On top of that breweries w/ attached brewpubs are popping up all over in a neighborhood already known for its love of beer. Downtown has its share from spots that host national acts to smaller ones that have some great rockabilly bands.

If you're looking to go out with slacks and a dress shirt there are young professionals'
bars, wine bars and others that specialize in cocktails only: $10 and up. Plenty of downtown areas: North Loop, Nicollet Ave, Mill District, and Loring Park offer plenty of fancy places.

Or maybe you want something that even NYC wishes it had: a zombie themed bar. It's located on the edge of the city's worst neighborhood right around the corner from a strip club and a blue-collar dive. Or for another interesting night out back in Northeast there's an intersection with a divey karaoke bar, gay bar, and Mexican restaurant-bar. You didn't say what would appeal to you, but I know at least one of those would hit the spot.

Lot of helpful info here. From what you told me it seems like I would like West Bank as well as all those downtown areas you suggested. And the zombie themed bar sounds excellent.

Good to hear you can make it without a car and I will definitely get a bike.

How is the light rail in the city?
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Light rail is fine, the problem is that there is currently just one line. Realistically if you go without a car in the Twin Cities the bulk of your public transit trips will be made by bus (unless you live right by a light rail station, and even then a lot of your trips will likely be via bus). It's very handy for the airport, though!

To the neighborhoods above, I'd also add Uptown, Lyn-Lake, and anywhere in that general vicinity (south of Franklin, between roughly Lake of the Isles/Calhoun and Grand Avenue or so, north of 36th St. Some of the bars in Uptown do have that overgrown frat kind of vibe, but certainly not all. Lyndale has more of a hipster feel, but again, not exclusively. Express buses going up Hennepin and Lyndale make it a very easy commute to the U. I'd still probably live within walking distance of campus (because nothing beats being able to walk), but a LOT of grad students, faculty, staff, etc. live in Uptown and Lyn-Lake. I also personally think living in that area is among the easiest neighborhoods to live without a car in the Twin Cities, so it's definitely worth at least considering as an option.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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Light rail...ehh, we're not Denver (5 lines vs 1). Basically, it's fine if you're looking to head out to one of Mpls' SE neighborhoods or the MoA while at the present time you might as well take a bus if it's Downtown you want (I suggest the SE side hoods). If you're here in 2014 and beyond you'll be able to take the light rail to the existing line from the U of M or straight to Downtown St Paul.

Keep in mind all of the best neighborhoods there are due west of its downtown so you'll be able to hit up an extremely popular live music spot, lots of great Vietnamese restaurants, and a good deal more. Bus-wise in St Paul the 84 is where it's at: hits up many neighborhoods and many neighborhood gathering spots and even connects to the existing light rail line. It's one of the frequent bus routes, of course. I still have to stop at the Korean restaurant I've passed by a number of times on that route and there are still more coffee shops I need to check out. Oh, and Downtown St Paul is home to the region's dive metal bar: yes, it's not in Mpls, I'll admit it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Tallahassee
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Light rail...ehh, we're not Denver (5 lines vs 1). Basically, it's fine if you're looking to head out to one of Mpls' SE neighborhoods or the MoA while at the present time you might as well take a bus if it's Downtown you want (I suggest the SE side hoods). If you're here in 2014 and beyond you'll be able to take the light rail to the existing line from the U of M or straight to Downtown St Paul.

Keep in mind all of the best neighborhoods there are due west of its downtown so you'll be able to hit up an extremely popular live music spot, lots of great Vietnamese restaurants, and a good deal more. Bus-wise in St Paul the 84 is where it's at: hits up many neighborhoods and many neighborhood gathering spots and even connects to the existing light rail line. It's one of the frequent bus routes, of course. I still have to stop at the Korean restaurant I've passed by a number of times on that route and there are still more coffee shops I need to check out. Oh, and Downtown St Paul is home to the region's dive metal bar: yes, it's not in Mpls, I'll admit it.
If I moved I would definitely be there past 2014. Its great to hear the Minneapolis-St. Paul have great music scenes, that is ah huge plus for me.

Its good to hear the light rail is expanding. In terms of nightlife, how late are most bars and restaurants open til. 2 AM?
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:48 PM
 
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If I moved I would definitely be there past 2014. Its great to hear the Minneapolis-St. Paul have great music scenes, that is ah huge plus for me.

Its good to hear the light rail is expanding. In terms of nightlife, how late are most bars and restaurants open til. 2 AM?
Great music scene here. I really do think our flagship is First Ave...it's a legendary place and I've always enjoyed going to concerts there.

Bars are open until 2 am. I do wish the bar close was later, but c'est la vie.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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Minneapolis is perfect for non drivers, I didn't even care to learn to drive till I was 23. Though the busses take forever. Don't drive a bike in the winter it's a nightmare when the snow is knee high. You might have the right of way but that's a sorry victory at your funeral.
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