Life in Ann Arbor

General resources

There are a number of Web sites that provide information about life at U-M and in Ann Arbor.  Helpful places to start are:


There are many options for housing both on and off campus that range from co-ops to rooms in houses to freestanding apartments.  Below is a list of resources to help you get started on your housing search.  We also provide housing information to our admitted students over the summer before they begin the program.


Ann Arbor is a vibrant college town with many restaurants, musical venues, museums, bars, and theaters to explore.  To stay current on the happenings about town, you can find a lot of information at and the Ann Arbor Visitors Bureau.  In addition to these resources, check out:

Parking and transportation

UM Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has information about bus options, van-pooling, parking permits, visitor parking, patient parking, and University vehicle leasing. They maps, bus routes, schedules, parking permit and vehicle lease options; as well as brief construction updates that may affect your commute to school.

There are a number of special transit services provided by PTS that are available to students, faculty and staff. These are particularly helpful if you need transportation after hours.

The Ride is the Ann Arbor public transportation system, and is free for students with an MCard. At their website you can calculate the best route to get to your destination, access bus schedules, and track the arrival time of your bus.

Campus safety statement

Each year, the University of Michigan prepares an “Annual Security Report” and publishes it in the Campus Safety Handbook. The report, which is issued each October 1, contains detailed information on campus safety and security policies, procedures, and programs, including information on: emergency services, security telephone numbers, sexual assault policy, stalking laws, handling obscene phone calls, sexual harassment policy, dealing with workplace violence and threats, police agencies, health services, counseling services, safe transportation after dark, safety tips, and alcohol and drug policies and programs. The report also includes statistics concerning crimes on campus. If you would like to receive a complete copy, visit the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety website or call (734) 763-3434.