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What does a typical week look like?
Time will be devoted to worship and Bible study as a house. What’s more, students learn to serve each other through weekly household chores and a weekly family-style meal. One of the expectations we have of students during their year in the city is that they will participate in the spiritual life of the house to the fullest of their abilities. See our Community Life Standards that were adopted by the U4C Board of Directors.
Who lives in the houses?
Students in the U4C Program live in the two houses as does a Resident Director and Assistant Resident Director. These people will be there to support you, answer questions, provide leadership in household issues, help mediate any conflicts that come up in the house, and most importantly provide the spiritual oversight of the house.
What is the cost?
Housing costs for U4C during your year in the city are separate from the tuition you pay school. However, your financial aid does cover housing costs; it is just paid separately. The cost of rent/utilities is approximately $400 per month. You can pay for your housing in one payment at the beginning of each semester or choose to make monthly rent payments; whichever is easier for you. Rent is due the 1st of each month and a rental agreement must be signed before moving into the house. Students must also submit a deposit equal to one month’s rent before moving in to the house in September. The deposit will be refunded at the time you move out of the house. Cost of food is additional and must be covered by the student.
What are the houses like?
Your home during your year in the city will be one of the completely restored 1920’s two-story duplexes set in the dynamic and diverse neighborhood of Ventura Village in South Minneapolis. The houses offer free laundry, multiple kitchens, and historic charm, and modern conveniences like wireless internet and a security system! Students are able to have cars while in the program, however it is street parking. When there is a snow emergency you are able to park your car in St. Paul’s Lutheran parking lot.
What does U4C provide?
U4C provides students with a room in the house that contains a bed, desk and dresser. The program also provides the furniture and supplies for all common areas of the house… ie. living room furniture, dining room table, pots and pans for the kitchen and a washer and dryer for you to use. You are responsible for providing all bedding and décor for your own room as well as sharing household chores and preparation of community meals with the rest of your housemates. Although the house will have secure wireless internet, you are responsible for bringing your own computer.
When do I move in?
Move-in and orientation typically occurs over Labor Day weekend in early September of each fall. It’s a weekend of great excitement and anticipation. Although more specific details on move-in dates and an orientation schedule will be mailed to you over the summer months before your year in the city, know it will be a fun weekend spent getting to know each other, the expectations of the house and starting to explore what it means to live in Christian community together. For those in the program there is the possibility of moving into the house the summer before and/or staying in the house after your year in the city.