Information for Visitors

About the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota (UMN) is located in the Twin Cities, with its Minneapolis campus divided into East Bank and West Bank by the Mississippi River.

Location & Lodging

C-SPIN is located in Keller Hall on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. Guests are encouraged to stay at the Commons Hotel, which is only a block away from Keller Hall. To inquire about a reduced University reservation rate for Commons Hotel, please contact cspin (at)

Below is a map which includes the location of Keller Hall, the Commons Hotel, and local restaurants, along with directions to East Bank from MSP International Airport.

View C-SPIN in a larger map for detailed directions.


The University of Minnesota is served by the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport (MSP). There is both shuttle and taxi service from the airport to hotels on campus. It is recommended to take a taxi or the Light Rail from the MSP Airport to the UMN. The University is quite walkable and C-SPIN, located in Keller Hall, is within walking distance of recommended lodging. Parking on campus can be both diffuclt and expensive.

To catch a taxi or shuttle at the airport, after claiming your luggage, follow signs to the Ground Transportation Center one level below baggage claim. The cost of a taxi is usually around $50.00 and the shuttle is about half of that. A taxi direclty to campus or The Commons Hotel from the airport will take around 20 minutes, but please plan for it to take 15 to 35 minutes longer if you will be travelling during rush hour (6:00am-9:30am CT & 3:00pm-6:30pm CT Monday through Friday).

Airport Taxi: 612-721-0000 / Green and White: 612-522-2222 / Red and White: 612-871-1600 / Yellow: 612-824-4444

Light Rail
Additionally, Light Rail Service is available from the airport to the UMN campus. Light Rail is a less expensive alternative to both taxi and shuttle service. The trip between the airport and the University via the Light Rail takes about 45 minutes. Plan to take the blue line from either terminal 1 or 2 to the Downtown East station. There you will need to make a transfer to the green line heading east to campus. Your final stop from the green line will be the East Bank station, just a half block from The Commons Hotel.

If you choose to drive, driving directions from the MSP Airport to East Bank are provided on the interactive map above. Please note that there is no street parking outside of Keller Hall, so you will need to park your car either in one of the parking garages on campus or find meter parking somewhere else near campus. The Washington Ave Parking Ramp and the Church Street Parking Ramp are the closest to Keller Hall. Information on University of Minnesota parking can be found here.