Duluth Clinical Housing Program

The Duluth Clinical Housing Program provides housing for Twin Cities-based Medical students while they do some of their clinical rotations in Duluth. The program connects students with Duluth area hosts willing to accommodate the student during their clinical experience.

The Duluth area hospitals have consistently been highly rated by students and valued as locations of great clinical learning. However, for many of our Twin Cities-based students, finding and paying for housing during their four-week rotation puts this experience just out of their reach.

The Duluth Clinical Housing Program is a way to cover or off-set the cost of Duluth housing for students, giving them the opportunity to learn in this wonderful community.

Student FAQs

Who are the HOSTs?

Duluth Clinical Housing Program hosts are University of Minnesota Medical School students, residents, alumni, faculty, community leaders and members, or area physicians who have volunteered to participate in the program.

How do I sign up to use the Duluth Host Program?

If you have chosen to be assigned to the Duluth site code for any of your core required courses in MEdIS, please fill out the form to request a host for the dates you will be rotating in Duluth.

What if my plans change and I have to cancel?

  • We understand that plans may get altered and as that you contact your host as soon as possible to let them know about the change in plans.  
  • Please inform the Alumni Relations Office at 218-726-8806 or email Christiana Kapsner at ckapsner@d.umn.edu
  • You will also need to change your schedule through the Schedule Changes Request Form

What can I expect from the hosts?

We ask the hosts to provide accommodations in their home, a place to store food, a way to get access to the home, reliable wi-fi access and access to a washer/dryer.

Do I need to do anything after my stay?

All students are asked to send a thank you note to the person who hosted your stay as soon as possible following your rotation. Then, contact the Alumni Relations Office with any exciting information, photos, or other experiences.

Who do I contact in case of issues?

Alumni Relations Office at 218-726-8806 or email Christiana Kapsner at ckapsner@d.umn.edu.


What are the responsibilities of a host?

Providing housing for students while they are on rotation in Duluth. Generally, rotations are 4 or 8 weeks.

How do I sign up to be a host?

Please complete the online form. You may also contact the Alumni Relations Office at 218-726-8806 or email Christiana Kapsner at ckapsner@d.umn.edu

Do I receive compensation for hosting a student?

You may indicate your expectations around compensation, if any, in the Become a Duluth Clinical Housing Host Form. It is possible that the students will be able to provide some monetary compensation, although the spirit of this program is to make the costs of Duluth housing affordable so students have the opportunity to rotate in this community.

Do I contact the student I am matched with?

Once the student is identified as rotating through the Duluth campus and in need of housing, our office will send an email connecting the host and student. Student and host contact information will be shared in this email.  It is up to the student to contact you to share additional details of their plans, and to arrange the housing.

How far in advance will I be contacted?

Students are asked to contact their host as soon as they receive the contact information. Be sure to exchange cell phone/email contact information. It is also a good idea to re-contact your student prior to his/her start date to confirm plans.  We do student placements 8-12 weeks in advance of the rotation start date.

What should I provide for the student?

  • A bed and sheets to sleep in
  • Reliable wi-fi
  • A way to get access to where they’re staying
  • A place for them to store their food
  • Access to dishes to use to prepare food
  • A washer and dryer available for their use