When you’re near a large city like Minneapolis, rents tend to soar, pushing renters on a budget out toward the suburbs. But in the Twin Cities, that doesn’t have to be the case. St. Paul, another major Minnesotan city, is just 12 miles away from Minneapolis, which is just a 30-minute trip on the light rail that connects the two cities. And rents in St. Paul tend to be lower than those in Minneapolis, so you can live in the middle of the action at a reasonable price. Although there are also a number of luxury apartments for rent in St. Paul, MN, here are a few spacious, affordable options.
This rental carries a price tag of $1,600 a month, which might not seem that cheap. But it also has three bedrooms with walk-in closets, parking, in-unit laundry, and more than 2,300 square feet. Split three ways, that’s just $533 a month for 767 square feet per person. This home is filled with historic touches — such as painted aluminum ceilings donned with chandeliers, exposed beams, and a fireplace surrounded by built-in shelving — that add character and splendor.
A cozy studio just off of Grand Avenue, this brownstone puts you near the unique coffee shops, restaurants, and shops of St. Paul’s Summit Hill neighborhood. For $795 a month, you get hardwood floors and a large closet tucked into an efficiency-style studio apartment. Plus, water and heat are included in your rent, and you can bring up to three cats — with no monthly pet fees.
Rents here start at just $1,150 and, despite the low price, include a host of amenities, such as a fitness center, two patios with grilling stations, a pool, a sauna, year-round hot tub, tanning salon, private theater, and a fully equipped pub, with billiards, darts, and arcade games. Geared toward the student community, these apartments are also near a light rail station that runs directly to the University of Minneapolis-Twin Cities campus.
A block from Merriam Terrace Park, these $850-a-month studios aren’t in the most walkable neighborhood, but they are within a stroll of the Mississippi River and waterfront paths. The well-maintained building is adorably vintage, but the kitchen area and bathroom have been updated and the beautiful wood floors are in great shape. Heat and water are included, and parking and laundry are available on-site.
In charming Summit Hill, this one-bedroom one-bathroom puts you near some of St. Paul’s most-loved restaurants, bars, and shops, all for just $870 a month. Cats are allowed, and heat and water are included. The bathroom and kitchen areas have been thoughtfully updated and welcome ample natural light.