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Planning Your Visit

You should go to college downtown.

Welcome to campus!

Whether you are a prospective student, alumni, or family or friend of a current student, we are glad you are planning a visit!

Downtown Minneapolis offers a wide variety of options for places to stay, restaurants, and activities during your visit. We want you to have the best visit possible, so here are a few of our favorites!

Not sure how to get around? Explore our campus map and directions.

Places to stay

If you’re not staying on North Central’s campus, here are some hotels nearby that we recommend.

Area Hotels Offering Discounts

Discounts at Area Hotels

The following local hotels offer discounts for those visiting North Central University (rates subject to availability):

Best Western Normandy-Minneapolis (15% off published rate; request NCU rate by phone)
612.370.1400 or 800.780.7234
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(.7 miles from campus)

Hampton Inn & Suites — Mall of America (request NCU rate using #0003141984 when booking)
2860 Metro Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
(11.1 miles from campus)

Hilton Garden Inn-Minneapolis (request NCU rate by phone)
1101 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(.5 miles from campus-complimentary shuttle to NCU)

Hilton Garden Inn-Mpls Airport/Mall of America (request NCU rate by phone or use online reservation link)
952.854.1687 or 800.774.1500
1601 East American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55425
(9.4 miles from campus)

Holiday Inn Express-Minneapolis (request NCU rate by phone)
225 South 11th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(.6 miles from campus)

Holiday Inn Express-Roseville (request NCU rate by phone)
2715 Long Lake Road
Roseville, MN 55113
(7 miles from campus)

Hyatt Place-Minneapolis (15% off published rate; request NCU rate by phone or use code 43829 online)
425 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(.6 miles from campus)

Days Inn Hotel on University (10% off published rate; request school visit rate by phone)
612.623.3999 or 612.623.9303
2407 University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(3.2 miles from campus)

Explore Minneapolis

While you’re on campus and in the downtown area, take an opportunity to explore all that the city has to offer. Below are some of our top suggestions.

Minneapolis Attractions

Get to know the city!

Take some time to visit any of these local favorite attractions including museums, theaters, sports arenas, parks, riverwalks, and more.

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
0.8 miles from campus

Guthrie Theatre
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
0.8 miles from campus

Gold Medal Park
Second Street and 11th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
1.0 miles from campus

Stone Arch Bridge
100 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
1.2 miles from campus

US Bank Stadium
401 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415
0.4 miles from campus

Target Center
600 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
1.2 miles from campus

Target Field
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403
1.3 miles from campus

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
1.6 miles from campus

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
1.5 miles from campus

Where to eat

After you’ve eaten in the North Central cafeteria, explore some of the other restaurants near campus!