Music, Food and Living in Minneapolis

IPR, Institute of Production and RecordingIPR is located in the heart of Minneapolis, surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods and city life. If you are relocating or getting your own place for the first time, staff at IPR can offer advice and resources to help you find your new location.

We’ve been there and done the research to come up with these great Minneapolis neighborhoods to recommend to our students looking for a place to live.

  1. Downtown is within walking distance of the IPR campus. It also is a hotspot for music venues and restaurants, and boasts the theatre district.
  2. Loring Park is near the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and is home to a number of walking and bike paths.
  3. The University of Minnesota covers a large area in Minneapolis, is only a few miles from IPR and caters to student life.
  4. St. Anthony is just across the river from IPR and has lots to do in the summer months with restaurant patios and outdoor music.
  5. Uptown is just south of Loring Park and offers restaurants, shopping and a great nightlife as well as the Chain of Lakes.
  6. The Hiawatha Corridor is gaining popularity because of the Light Rail Line. While more laid back, the train makes access to Downtown quick and convenient.

Check out this link for a map and more information about each of these neighborhoods.

Things to Do

Living in Minneapolis gives you easy access to the entire Metro area. Metro Transit offers both bus and light rail service. Discount passes are available for students. Take the time to explore both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Don’t forget to bring your bike. Minneapolis has been named a top city for biking by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for their local music scene. First Avenue was made famous by Prince and is considered a cornerstone of the Midwest music scene. Check out the movie Purple Rain to get in the vibe.

The Turf Club/Clown Lounge is a landmark in St. Paul and the Triple Rock Social Club is a mainstay of the West Bank. Check out the rest of our list of music venues.


We all need to eat and Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a bounty of options for every taste and budget. Check these out:

Twin Cities Trails

Minneapolis and St. Paul both offer walking, hiking and biking trails for all skill levels. Check out these options.

  • The Grand Rounds of Minneapolis
  • River Parkway in St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Dakota Rail Trail
  • Gateway State Trail
  • The Midtown Greenway

Nature Areas in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Get away from the concrete jungle on occasion. It isn’t far.


The Metro area boasts 51 parks and park reserves with more than 300 miles of interconnected trails.

  • Minnehaha Park
  • Theodore Wirth
  • Mill Ruins Park
  • Three Rivers Park


Right in the city

  • Calhoun
  • Harriet
  • Lake of the Isles
  • Cedar Lake

More options to consider

Minneapolis has something for everyone. Find your favorite places to go and things to do.

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