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 Campus life, the Duluth metro and region

  • Library study group
  • Relaxing in front of Old Main
  • Coming home
  • the Twin Ports
  • Move-in day

Campus life, the Duluth metro and region

Want to know what it's like living in and around UW-Superior? What do we do for fun? These and other questions answered here!

What's living on campus like?

When you live on campus, you'll be engaged in a safe and inclusive community that's geared to your personal and academic growth.

On-campus living exposes you to new ideas, people and cultures. It also helps you be more involved and connected to what's going on.

UW-Superior offers a range of options for students living in university residence halls. All rooms are furnished and equipped with cable TV, and have wired and wireless Internet service.

Note: To ensure your college career gets off to a strong start, UW-Superior requires all freshmen and sophomores to live on campus (except military veterans and those who live locally with a parent or guardian).  

More housing information: Brochure (pdf) 

Virtual tour of UW-Superior Residence Halls (requires Flash)

Housing Highlights

Where do students hang out?


Feed the Cold + Hungry You in Yellowjacket Union with a warm latte or lunch next to a cozy fireplace. Need a slice of pizza or a cool ice cream cone, or just a place to put up your feet and chill? The YU is your place. Has big-screen TVs, a small stage (catch the open mic nights), booth and cafe-style seating, tons of soft chairs plus -- did we mention -- food and coffee? Open 'til 11 p.m. when school's in session.

YU's Union Cafe serves students on the meal plan, and individual diners too, with several hot food entree choices daily as well as sandwich, salad, and dessert bars. (The ice cream cones are around the corner past the salad bar.) The Brick Oven Grille lets you grab a slice of pizza, panini, sweets and drinks while the Union Cafe is whipping up the next daily meal. And 'Jacket Java is -- you guessed it -- coffee heaven, always hot, always fresh. Triple shot with extra foam, oh yeah.

YU also is home to Student Organizations (a.k.a. Clubs). From the Alliance to the World Students Association, if you can't find one that fits you and your interests, you can start your own.

There's also Yellowjacket Activities Crew (plan entertainment events), The Stinger student newspaper, Jacket Jobs (Career Center) -- and tons more.

What's Superior-Duluth like? What are Twin Ports?

UW-Superior is located in Superior, Wis., a city of 27,000, located at the western tip of Lake Superior. It's part of the Superior-Duluth metro area (a.k.a. the Twin Ports) with over 250,000 people -- including four colleges and more than 15,000 college students.

Guess what? The Twin Ports area is ideal for exploring the Creative + Social You.

Like live music? The Twin Ports is known for its fertile music scene -- and it's not all just for watching, either. There are open mic nights nearly every night of the week. From  Red Mug Espresso and the Thirsty Pagan in Superior, to Beaner's Central Coffee and Concerthouse and Pizza Luce in Duluth, you'll find plenty to do when studying's done. Too much to mention here, except one more thing -- Homegrown Music Festival, first week of May. Two towns, 160 acts (maybe yours), a must-see.

Theater? You want theater? On campus, there's University Theatre, home to Manion Theater's classic stage as well as the Experimental Theater. Auditions are open to all. The Twin Ports is home to the Duluth Playhouse, the longest-running community theater in the United States. It's old, but not stodgy -- they recently produced "Chicago," "Hair" and "Monty Python's Spamalot". Watch -- or audition!

There are numerous other theaters and troupes -- Teatro Zuccone, Renegade Comedy Improv, Rubber Chicken Theater, as well as professional stand-up comedy at Dubh Linn's Irish Pub (yup, open mic nights there too) ... you get the idea.

So you like art.There's Kruk Gallery, Jim Dan Hill Library and Yellowjacket Union on campus. Check out numerous art galleries and museums in the Twin Ports, from the serious to the curiously specific: the Duluth Art Institute, the Karpeles Manuscript Museum and Superior's own World of Accordions Museum (


"50+ Things to Do in the Twin Ports," by Students


Don't take our word for it. Take a look at "50+ Things to Do in the Twin Ports," a detailed interactive Google Map created by UW-Superior students (UW-Superior is not responsible for the content of this map).

For the Outdoor You

"Lake Superior" by Clairity

When the studying's done, here's where you can play:

  • Lake Superior, the greatest of the Great Lakes, which dominates the landscape. From the sandy and pebbly beaches to the wild, rocky shorelines up the shore, from the waverunners to the sailboats to the ore carriers that ply the Ports, you'll find plenty to see and do on the big lake they call Gitchee Gumee.

  • Superior Adventures, your on-campus, one-stop shop of know-how, gear rentals, classes and all-season outdoor smarts that get you out kayaking, rock climbing and enjoying the great North Country.

  • National and state forests, historic landmarks, state parks (Gooseberry and Split Rock Lighthouse on the Minnesota side, Amnicon Falls and Pattison Park on the Wisconsin side) and miles of sandy beach close by on Wisconsin and Minnesota Points.

  • Downhill skiing at Spirit Mountain and Mont du Lac (watch for College Nights) -- with cross-country ski trails throughout the area.

  • The Boundary Waters Canoe Area: A million acres of forest, a thousand lakes and nothing but nature (plus a few bear, moose and people)

  • Apostle Islands National Seashore and Madeleine Island, Bayfield, Wis.

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