• For Parents

Kelly DoranAs a parent of college age children, I am keenly aware of the many questions that may cross the minds of mothers and fathers as they send their kids off to college. For that reason, I thought a page on this Web site directed to parents might be helpful as you consider housing for your child while he or she is attending the University of Minnesota.

– Kelly Doran





Always Connected

The Knoll, like all of the Doran Companies student housing properties at the University of Minnesota, offers a comprehensive security package that includes security cameras, on-site security staff*, and our four-point electronic entry system. Numerous cameras located at strategic points throughout both the interior and exterior of the building provide additional security measures and can be reviewed by building staff and trained overnight security personnel* who also respond to resident complaints. Additionally, each resident is assigned the best Dual-Lock electric key & FOB technology to gain access to the building, the common areas, the elevator banks, and their apartment. *designated hours

A Comfortable Community

Upon moving into The Knoll, your child will experience the best accommodations at the University of Minnesota with brand new and fully furnished units feature spacious bathrooms, kitchens complete with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, high speed cable and internet, modern style furniture and construction designed to decrease noise and increase comfort. Our community room has a cozy built-in fireplace, flat-screen TVs and plenty of seating and lounge space for your child’s study group meetings or watching their favorite show with friends. Additionally, a fully equipped fitness center will meet their exercise needs while two levels of safe and secure underground heated parking makes getting to their car a walk in the park.

A Vibrant Neighborhood

The Knoll is conveniently located in Dinkytown, a shopping and eating district at the University of Minnesota with numerous restaurants, a CVS Pharmacy and dozens of shops and nightlife destinations within walking distance. In addition, The Knoll’ residents can also get to the plethora of shops and restaurants of Downtown, St. Anthony Main and Northeast via bus lines, bicycle, or walking.

A Responsive Management Team

While many of the student housing apartment buildings in our area are part of large and distant national corporations, The Knoll is owned and managed by a local and family-owned company. Because we live in this community, we take pride in our service to University of Minnesota students, will get to know your children, and always have someone available to assist them. Between our professional management and leasing staff, always friendly student representatives, skilled security personnel, and handy maintenance team, there is always someone onsite to address any concerns you or your child may have. In addition, residents also have 24-hour phone and email contacts in case of an emergency.

A Simple Process

Doran Companies, the developer, builder, and owner of The Knoll, has crafted an application and lease process that is tailored to today’s savvy students and their parents. The typical lease process either starts with an online application or with a visit by you or your child to our convenient and professionally staffed leasing center in the Knoll building at 930 University Ave SE. All residents that do not meet our income and credit requirements will need to have a qualified Guarantor/Cosigner, usually a parent, complete two forms — the Guaranty/Co-Signer Application and the Guaranty Agreement which is then inserted into the completed lease.