Luxury Apartment Living Meets University of Minnesota

Assessing the student-housing options, Opus Development Company, L.L.C. saw an opportunity to bring a mid-rise luxury apartment development to the University of Minnesota campus. As a result, Stadium Village Flats made its campus debut in August 2012.

Stadium Village Flats is a six-story, mixed-use student housing community containing 120 units and 235 beds.

Located adjacent to the University of Minnesota's East Bank, the luxury apartment complex offers close proximity to campus, TCF Bank Stadium, public transit, retail options and restaurants. Additionally, the upscale housing has a CVS/pharmacy, Noodles & Company and Dino’s Gyros on its street front.

A partnership between Opus AE Group, L.L.C. and ESG Architects, a national leader in student and multifamily residential design, Stadium Village Flats was designed to create a modern energized living environment for students. Each floor features a unique amenity lounge that brings students together and differentiates it from other living options near campus.

These themed lounges create a “live, work and play” environment for students within one building. Specifically, these theme areas are:
  • FLIXX: a state-of-the-art theatre room with theatre seating for up to 15 people;
  • CHILL: a lobby area with comfy seating, TVs and a fireplace; 
  • FIT: a 24-hour cardio fitness center;
  • ZEN: a yoga studio;
  • CRAM: a computer-equipped study room;
  • ZAP: a gaming room with two 50-inch flat screen TVs and a 7-foot pool table and 
  • SKY: the penthouse sky lounge, decked out with TVs, a beverage bar and lounge seating.

From bicycles to scooters and cars, Stadium Village Flats offers underground parking totaling 120+ spaces for cars, 250 for bikes and a separate area for scooters. For residents seeking other modes of transportation, Stadium Village Flats is conveniently located near the light rail stop and is served by campus shuttles and public transportation.

Achieving Sustainability

With sustainability a goal, Stadium Village Flats incorporates different sustainable practices, including the following:

  • Location: The project increases density and encourages alternative transportation. Additionally, the site is a brownfield redevelopment.
  • Utilities: The design of the building incorporated energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems through the Xcel Energy Design Assistance program.
  • Materials: 69% of the project’s construction waste was diverted from landfills through a recycling program. Construction materials were sources locally or regionally whenever practical to reduce the project’s carbon footprint.