Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I understand there is a University housing area for faculty/staff. Can you tell me about it?
    University Grove consists of 103 single-family homes owned by University faculty and staff situated on land owned by the University. Generally, University Grove home ownership is open to all University faculty and administrative staff eligible for the faculty retirement plan or a federal retirement plan; current civil service and union-represented University staff whose employment is at least 75% time, excluding probationary and temporary employees; and retired employees eligible for continued coverage under the retiree provisions of the University’s health and dental benefits program. Learn more about purchasing a home.
  2. Does the University own the homes?
    No, each faculty/staff person owns the home; the University owns the land upon which the home is situated and the faculty/staff person pays rent annually for that land use. The University retains title to the land. Learn more about purchasing a home.
  3. Are there restrictions on what you can or cannot do with your Grove property?The University Grove land lease describes the restrictions currently in place. You may also contact the University Grove Homeowners Association with your questions on home ownership. Bob Gerhz is the 2016 president of the University Grove Homeowners Association. His e-mail address is gerhz@astro.umn.edu.
  4. Are there any University Grove homes for sale currently?
    See the Homes for Sale or Rental pages for more information.
  5. Where is the University Grove neighborhood located?
    The University Grove neighborhood is located in the city of Falcon Heights, as is the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. View a map of the University Grove neighborhood.
  1. How does one go about purchasing a home in the University Grove?
    Learn more about purchasing a home.
  2. How does one go about selling their University Grove home?
    Learn more about selling your home.
  3. What if the University Grove homeowner cannot find a University faculty or staff person to purchase their home?
    The University Real Estate Office and the University Grove Homeowners Association developed a list of criteria and guidelines to consider a request for exemption to sell your home to non-eligible buyers.
  4. Can retired faculty or staff purchase a University Grove home?
    Yes, if they are eligible for continued coverage under the retiree provisions of the University’s health and dental benefits program. For all others, there is a nearby complex of condominiums called 1666 Coffman for University of Minnesota retirees; contact 1666 Coffman Condominiums at (651) 644-4541.
  5. Are there ever any University Grove homes for rent?
    Occasionally. Learn more about home rentals.
  6. Who markets your University Grove home when you sell?
    University Housing and Residential Life distributes to the University’s deans, directors and department heads mailing list an informational flyer (prepared by the homeowner) about a University Grove home for sale. The University Grove Homeowners Association lists properties for sale. The University Grove Homeowners Association publishes an online newsletter.
  7. Is there a short history of the University Grove somewhere? Yes, visit our home page for historical information.