Birth Control Available?
The Boynton Health Clinic offers free condoms that one can go and pick up whenever they want. The CA/RA or floor coordinators in dorms also have condoms that they often put in a box outside their doors for use by the residents. Offering Plan B to students is still being considered by the University of Minnesota. Also, there are many STD testing and pregnancy control clinics in the metro area.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
- The Library, a bar in Dinkytown
- Sally's, saloon and bar across from the Radisson Hotel
- Coffman Memorial Union
- The frat row
- Kitty Cat Klub, bar and live music in Dinkytown
- Classmates or lab groups
- Join a campus group
- Dining hall
- Dorm events, almost weekly/biweekly events
- Welcome Week events
- Mesa Pizza in Dinkytown
- "Gophers After Dark" events
Best Places to Hook Up
- Buffalo Wild Wings, East Bank
- Dinkytown McDonald's, past midnight on weekends
- Downtown Minneapolis clubs/bars
- First Avenue, downtown
- Frat row/frat parties
- Gay 90's, a gay bar in the downtown area
- House parties around campus
- The Library bar
- Sally's Saloon and Bar
- Uptown bars
Sometimes, it can be difficult to make strong relationships with people, due to the big size of the University. However, if one is willing, which most people are, it is easy to find people of similar interests. All they have to do is be social and try new adventures. For example, go to a Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) event and meet people with different histories. Or get involved in any of the hundreds of campus groups or make a new one. Most freshmen live in dorms, where it is easiest to make friends because everyone is in the same boat and looking to make new friends. And remember, there are many people alike who are still fledgling in finding their niche on campus. Don't be afraid to approach people. Students tend to be helpful and friendly toward one another. If a student does, however, have a beef with someone, it is quite easy to ignore that person in the sea of maroon and gold, and carry on with their exploration.
Hookups or Relationships?
There is a combination of hookups and relationships at the University of Minnesota. While it is a common perception that college kids are into physicality of relations and enjoy hooking up, it is not always the case. Because there is such a wide diversity of student mentalities, many students easily find compatible, long-term partners. On the other hand, if you are in for experiencing the crazy and wild side of the college lifestyle, there are plenty of fish who will take your bait. "Frat row," where most fraternities are located and where most ostentatious parties happen, is an ideal place to meet like-minded liberal people. As long as you are careful and with good company, you can enjoy a hot fling without compromising your security. Whatever one looks for in a partner, it can be found by making connections and being at the right place at the right time.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
It all depends on the situation that you're seeking. A quick hookup can be found in the midst of any drunken dance floor or bar. Otherwise, relationship sparks may ignite with a lab partner during a chemical reaction, the hottie down the hall, or surprisingly, in the laundry room while waiting for a dryer.
There is no "dress code," per se. The University of Minnesota is a liberal college and very tolerable of students expressing themselves in various ways. Most of the dress code is decided by the weather. During fall, shorts, dresses, jeans, and T-shirts are seen during the daytime, and hoodies often take over by nighttime. In winter, boots, Uggs, sweaters, coats in an array of colors, leggings, mittens, gloves, and hats are in fashion. Spring semester is a mix of both. Although it often snows during spring break, by the end of the school year, summer fashion is in full flair with dresses, shirts, skirts, sunglasses, and flip-flops rocked by the students. But no matter what the season may be, representing school spirit in Gopher gear is always in fashion.
Did You Know?
Some best "first date" ideas around campus include a concert on First Avenue, miniature golf and food at the Mall of America, Twins/Vikings games, Como Park Zoo, drinks at the Library or Sally's, bowling at Goldy's Gameroom, Gopher football/basketball/hockey games, Water Park of America, a coffee date at the Purple Onion Café in Dinkytown, and
salsa dancing and dinner at Loring Pasta Bar.