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Hamline University has an eclectic, odd sounding name but is actually quite a traditional institution, the first university in Minnesota. It now has an enrolment of around 4000 students. These are mostly studying liberal arts, and the Masters programs at Hamline are among the top in the Midwest, according to US News and World report.
Saint Paul - Software, Sporting Goods and Steering Wheels
Saint Paul is a twin city with Minneapolis - between the two towns there are one and a half million people employed, out of a population of 3.2 million people. Major employers for graduates in Saint Paul include the 3M company, Ecolab, Securian Financial Group, Gander Mountain, Lawson Software, and St Jude Medical as well as all the related industry that is necessary in one of the largest metro areas in the US.
The area around Hamline University is very walkable, scoring 78 out of 100. There are plenty of grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, clothing shops and fitness centers in the district within an easy quarter mile walk.
However, if you plan on ever seeing the area outside your university, a car is extremely useful! The public transit system in Saint Paul is nowhere near as developed as in Minneapolis (despite Saint Paul being the official capital city of Minnesota!). Renting a car, or buying your own, are the easiest options.
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Fortunately, most of the neighborhoods close by to school are residential ones - although we know there are still plenty of facilities scattered through the housing and apartments. Merriam Park East and West, Snelling-Hamline, Energy Park and the somewhat noisy West Frogtown are all within easy reach of school.
Saint Paul is possibly one of the best balanced university neighborhoods in the nation, with a good mix of services, plenty of residential areas nearby, and also good prices for apartment rentals in the region.
Although there isn't a huge variety in Saint Paul (Minneapolis has more), apartments start from around $500 per month, and prices climb fairly steadily to around $800 per month for larger sized, better-equipped apartment complexes.
Dining and Nightlife in the Hamline area
Being fairly close to the city center (and not too distant from another - Minneapolis!), Hamline University has a good variety of dining and nightlife options withing easy walking distance of school. Groveland Tap has a great Friday fish fry as well as traditional American fare, while The Turf Club offers sweet drinks in a dive bar atmosphere.
Check out Punch Neapolitan Pizza and Little Szechuan for lunch, of the Coffee News Café for cheap and cheerful belly fillers.
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I've got dogs. What are the best places in Saint Paul for being outdoors with pets?
Arlington-Arkwright Dog Park is a large 4.5-acre clean, leash-free dog park in Saint Paul with open space as well as forested areas and wooded trails. Indian Mounds Regional Park is another dog-friendly spot; an ancient Native American burial grounds spot dating back to the late 1800s with paved trails and spectacular views of the city skyline and the Michigan River. The mob-themed Eagle Street Grill and Pub on 7th Street, with its dog-friendly patio, is another favorite spot for local pet owners to bring their favorite four-legged-friends.
Is there a coffee house or someplace in West 7th where the locals hang out?
With a laid-back vibe and an extensive menu, Nina's Coffee Café is the local java hotspot, brewing up fresh and aromatic coffee daily. The warm and friendly atmosphere is eclectic, showcasing local artwork and offering comfy soft seating, as well as cozy outdoor seating during the warmer months. So grab a fresh cup o' jo and one of Nina's scrumptious donuts and take advantage of the free wifi internet, or relax and enjoy one of the cafe's frequent poetry readings.
What would an ideal weekend be like in Saint Paul?
An ideal weekend in Saint Paul would include some fun in the sun at one of the city's local parks, like Como Lakeside Pavilion or Rice Park. After a relaxing picnic in the park, bring the family along for some educational fun at one of Saint Paul's Museums, including the Minnesota Children's Museum, the History Center Museum, or the Science Museum of Minnesota. Next, head to Saint Paul's Grand Avenue to explore the 25 blocks of local history, shopping, and restaurants. Also be sure to check out a dinner cruise/theater show on the fantastic Inn Centennial Showboat.
How much should I expect to pay for utilities in Saint Paul each month, depending on the time of year?
With hot summers and cold winters, the cost of utilities in Saint Paul will vary throughout the year. For a family of five, expect to pay $150 to $200 in winter for gas, or $30 or so in the summer. With steady use of cooling, the summer electric bill could run as high as $250 a month. Water costs about $45 a quarter, and weekly garbage pickup costs $90 a quarter.
Are there any quiet neighborhoods in Saint Paul?
Yes. Mississippi Blvd / Summit River Blvd is one of Saint Paul's quieter neighborhoods. With mostly single-family, medium-sized homes, this neighborhood is located on the western side of Saint Paul on the Mississippi River. This area is also suburban in terms of population density, which is a factor that may contribute to its tranquil nature. Surrounding Como Park, which contains Lake Como, Como is another quiet neighborhood in Saint Paul.
Will I need a car in Saint Paul?
Yes, you will most likely need a car in St. Paul. In fact, close to 83 percent of St. Paul residents drives a private automobile to commute to work on a daily basis, while less than 5 percent uses mass transit for the same purpose. These figures suggest that St. Paul's public transportation system leaves a lot to be desired, but there are some options available. Bus service is provided by Metro Transit, which also connects the city to the existing Hiawatha Line light rail. For intercity transportation, Midway Station serves as St. Paul's Amtrak stop between Seattle and Chicago.