Life in Ann Arbor

Housing & hotels

Students have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to housing in Ann Arbor: from co-ops to rooms to houses to apartments. There are also plenty of comfortable Ann Arbor hotels where prospective students and other visitors can stay. Below are some resources for students and prospective students who want to learn more about University of Michigan housing. Admitted students will also receive housing information the summer before they begin their program. 


Ann Arbor is a vibrant college town with many restaurants, musical venues, museums, bars, and theaters to explore. Below are some resources for discovering things to do in Ann Arbor. 

Parking and transportation

The University of Michigan has a lot of resources designed to ensure getting around campus and town is easy. The Ann Arbor public transportation system, The Ride, is free with a student or faculty MCard. The University also has its own transportation services, including a free bus system, SafeRides for students who want a safe way to get home late at night, Paratransit for students with injuries and disabilities, and discounted charter buses for University-affiliated groups. The campus hosts 27,000 paid parking spaces for those who prefer to drive.

In 2017 National Geographic found that Ann Arbor is among of the top 25 Happiest Places in the United States. 

  • Ann Arbor hosts the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in the country, the Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • The Michigan Stadium (a.k.a. The Big House) is the largest sports stadium in the US and second largest in the world.
  • There are 158 parks in Ann Arbor.
  • Ann Arbor features 79 miles of bike lanes
  • The School of Information’s North Quad is home to a nesting pair of peregrine falcons. 
  • Ann Arbor is number one on Livability’s 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live.
  • Ann Arbor has more restaurants per resident than any other city in the U.S.
  • There are replicas of some cornerstone Ann Arbor businesses in MCity, an artificial city where UMSI students and professors collaborate with companies to test driverless vehicles. 

More resources

Students can learn more about what Ann Arbor has to offer at the websites below:


The University’s Division of Public Safety and Security, a full-service law enforcement agency, is here to ensure students’ safety.