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Graduate Student Life

Although graduate school can be consuming, effective stress-management demands down time. Explore the resources we have gathered to help you make the most of your life away from the desk.

School of Graduate Studies Student Events and Activities


Living in St. Cloud

Athletic Events and Tickets

Community Resources

The City of St. Cloud provides information about daily life in St. Cloud including recreational activities, information about refuge and recycling, parking, volunteer opportunities, local business information, city departments, employment, and an extensive list of helpful links for St. Cloud area residents.

St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce includes information about events, employment, cost of living, and local businesses.


As a St. Cloud State University student you have free access to all city buses.

The Metro Bus U-Pass Free Ride program allows all students and employees to have unlimited fixed route bus service throughout the four-city area (St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell and Waite Park) to both St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTC) campuses.

During the school year (including summer semester), all currently enrolled students and employees are eligible to ride any Metro Bus Fixed Route free by either using their SCSU student or employee I.D. or by using a SCTC Free Ride U-Pass (obtainable from the SCTC Book Stop with a valid I.D.).  The U-Pass Free Ride program is paid for by the administrations and students of SCSU and SCTC, and Metro Bus.

The bus lines service many popular locations including shopping centers and grocery stores. The following link will take you to an interactive map of all bus routes. Check out for more information.



The St. Cloud area has many locations that offer childcare. In addition to locations throughout the community, the Lindgren Childcare Centerprovides childcare on campus.

For information about available childcare services throughout the state of Minnesota, see or


Family Resources

Financial Resources

Movie Listings


Explore the following links for information on St. Cloud Area events: