Living In Minneapolis

While you can take most of our classes and programs in an online format, an increasing number of students choose to move to the Minneapolis area to study with us. Whether the move is temporary or permanent, we think that our location in one of the country’s most affordable art-centers is a huge asset.

Minneapolis (and it’s twin-brother, St. Paul) has a thriving art scene filled with music, dance, galleries, theaters, experimental studios, and much more. The state has an impressive mandate for arts funding with a percentage of tax dollars, and the cost of living is more affordable than any other major metropolitan area in the country. You will find the art and music communities to be friendly, supportive, and collaborative.

The city is known for its green-space, bike trails, and clean lakes (not to mention Prince, Bob Dylan, and many other legendary musicians). We’ve been voted one of the best cities for biking, LGBTQ+ rights, summer vacationing, parks, fitness, craft beer, runners, “least stressed”, most educated, meatballs, and much more. (source)

With our online programs, you don’t have to move here to study with us. But if you decide to, we think you will find Minneapolis to be an oasis in the Midwest. (And the winters aren’t really that bad, trust us.)


A typical one-bedroom apartment in Minneapolis will range from $600 – $900/month depending on the neighborhood. We recommend searching for an apartment on Craigslist, in the Northeast Neighborhood (close to Slam Academy):

Or, look for a long-term rental from AirBnB:–MN–United-States/homes?allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=nKHhO_E_


Slam Academy is accessible from anywhere in the city by bike, bus, or train.

Bike: The “Greenway” (sort of like a highway for bikes) circumvents the city and will get you very close to Slam.

You can also rent a Nice Ride bike by the hour for quick transportation.

Bus: Slam Academy is located near the 10, 17, and 30 bus lines.

Train: The Lightrail train runs around the city, and will get you close to Northeast Minneapolis. From there you will need to take a bus, a NiceRide, or a couple mile walk.