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Student Resources: Housing, Banking, Shopping

Off-Campus Housing

Apartment Searching Resources:
CORT Apartment Search - Search for an apartment by city, neighborhood, or zip code.
St. Thomas Off-Campus Housing Page - Search for apartments close to nearby universities including Concordia.
U of MN Off-Campus Housing Page - Search for apartments within a short commuting distance to Concordia.

Homestays/Host Family Resources:
USA Homestays - Find a local host family to live with short-term or long-term
Hospitality Center for Chinese - A local Christian faith-based organization making community and finding host families for Chinese international students in the Twin Cities
American Homestay Network - A national network of homestays/host families


CORT Furniture Rental - Furnish your apartment by renting

Buy New Furniture

  • Swedish furniture store with stores in many countries; wide variety of furniture.
  • Store Hours: Vary by season (check website)  
  • Address: 8000 IKEA Way, Bloomington, MN 55425
  • To get there: Map your bus route at:
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Resources for Child Care

There are several options for child care around the Twin Cities. Options include private in-home care or public child care centers. Here in Minnesota child care providers attain a license issued by the state government. It may be important to inquire about a child care centers qualifications before registering your child for that center. The following is a list of child care centers:

Hand in Hand Child Care Center at Concordia University
It is the philosophy of Hand in Hand Child Care Center that young children learn most effectively when they have the opportunity to explore their environment and experience a variety of materials and situations while they play. We also believe in a responsive, developmental approach to early childhood learning which emphasizes that each child develops at their own rate and that progress is measured individually rather than in comparison to other children in the group. Contact Lacey Wellens at (651) 641-8491 or to learn more about Hand in Hand Child Care Center.

KinderCare Learning Centers
KinderCare is a licensed child care provider with a variety of locations throughout the Twin Cities. KinderCare serves kids and parents in communities around the nation. This kind of scale and depth of experience helps us evaluate best practices and quickly put new findings, curriculum and programs in place, for the maximum benefit of every child. To learn more visit

The Goddard Schools
These schools offer year round programs for preschool children. The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. To learn more visit


A US bank account will make managing your finances easier. Once you choose a bank, they will ask you for certain information to open the account possibly including a photo identification, your mailing address, money to deposit, and other personal information. Some banks may ask for your Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not yet have an SSN, you can request a letter for your bank through the ISS Portal.

Be sure to monitor your bank account regularly. Ask your bank about any account or ATM fees.

Twin Cities Shopping Resources

Target: Recommended Shopping, Groceries, and Pharmacy

Most stores have photo processing centers and pharmacies. SuperTarget stores include in-store bakery, deli, meat, and produce sections. There are stores across the United States. Their headquarters is in Minnesota. All Target store locations are popular for Concordia University students.
  • Store Hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Address: 1300 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104. This store has a Pharmacy, Optical, Photo Center, Target Clinic, Grocery and Starbucks.
  • To get there: Target is located within walking distance of Concordia heading north on Hamline Ave.

Other: Groceries

 Lunds & Byerlys
  • Minnesota owned and operated organic and specialty food specialty store. The St. Paul location has a pharmacy.
  •  Store Hours: 6:00 am – midnight 
  • Address: 2128 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116
  • To get there: Map your bus route at:
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  • Minnesota owned and operated organic and local food specialty store.
  • Store Hours: 6:00 am – midnight 
  • Address: 1261 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
  • To get there: Map your bus route at:
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 Cub Foods

Currently operates 73 stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, with 58 of those stores located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area; offers organic produce and some specialty foods.
Store Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 
Address: 1440 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104
To get there: Map your bus route at: 

Other Shopping

Mall of America
  • One of largest shopping malls in the United States.
  • Address: 60 East Broadway Bloomington, MN 55425
  • To get there: Map your bus route at:
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 Rosedale Center
  • Variety of stores and restaurants.
  • Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Address:  10 Rosedale Center, Roseville, MN 55113
  • To get there: Map your bus route at:
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