Living in the Twin Cities area can be expensive. A one-bedroom apartment in Minneapolis, for example, runs an average of $1,600, for which you’ll need to earn nearly $58,000 a year to comfortable afford. For students or lower earners, that can make living in the Twin Cities area seem impossible. Fortunately, on ABODO’s map-based search, you can center your search anywhere you’d like and set a budget filter, so you can see only the places you can afford. We set ours at $1,000, and we found these well-maintained, cheap apartments MN has on the market, near Minneapolis and St. Paul.
On the northern edge of St. Paul, these apartments are just 20 minutes away from Minneapolis and 15 from St. Paul, but they’re spacious and at a fraction of the cost of a luxury unit downtown. At Willow Ridge, you can get a two-bedroom apartment for only $925 a month, or a three-bedroom for $1,070. These LEED-certified apartments have income restrictions, but it you meet them, you can enjoy the building’s in-unit laundry, fitness center, walking path, and playground. Plus, water and parking are included in your rent.
Geared toward University of Minnesota-Twin Cities students, these apartments are just outside of Dinkytown in Minneapolis. Internet, water, parking, heat, and air conditioning are all included in your rent, and laundry is available on-site. You can get a 550-square-foot studio here for only $845 a month, or get a bedroom and 675 square feet for $945. The exterior is well-maintained and modern, and the units themselves have easy-to-clean tile floors, patios, and updated bathrooms.
Just across the interstate from the North Loop, these centrally located Minneapolis Apartments are a steal, at $906 for a 730-square-foot one-bedroom apartment. Two-bedrooms at Heritage Park start at $1,138, and three-bedroom two-baths at $1,496. They’re pet-friendly — accepting both cats and dogs — and boast amenities like covered parking, in-unit laundry, vaulted ceilings, a fitness center, and a library. Every building of this apartment community is unique inside and out, and the units are thoughtfully laid-out with track lighting, built-in shelving and fully equipped kitchens.
At the name suggests, this apartment community is in Eden Prairie, less than 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis and surrounded by scenic Staring Lake, Red Rock Lake, and Purgatory Creek. Eden Prairie has a smaller town feel, and rents to match. The Atwood gives you access to a pool with picnic area and grills, a clubhouse, and concierge. Apartments are pet-friendly and come in a variety of layouts and options — including two-story townhomes — with fireplaces, large closets, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and more. At the Atwood, you get luxury living for a fraction of the price: one-bedrooms are $999 and have 765-plus square feet. Two-bedrooms start at $1,050, and three-bedrooms at $1,399.
Only 6 miles and 12 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, the Hub Apartments are nestled in a walkable Richfield neighborhood. A spacious one-bedroom here is just $915 a month and includes parking, heat, and water. Cats are welcome, and laundry is available on-site.