Life In Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is consistently voted one of the best places to live, work, and play in the United States. It offers a unique blend of city sophistication and small-town charm that appeals to students, professionals, singles, and families. It is a four-season city with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, more than 300 restaurants with cuisines from around the world, and a multitude of local festivals and events, performing arts, and collegiate sports to keep you busy while not in the lab.

Housing for Students and Trainees

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

  • Beyond the Diag and Rackham’s Housing webpage are great resources to start your search for off-campus housing options.
  • Find listed properties and create a roommate profile on the official University of Michigan Off-Campus Housing website.
  • Consider looking at traditional housing search websites such as apartments.com, zillow, trulia, and craigslist.
  • You can also consider emailing your peers if you are looking for a roommate. Graduate students can email pibssocial@umich.edu¬†or send a message in the current graduate students facebook group.
  • If a leasing agent asks for employment varification, please email your request and leasing agents contact information to Michelle DiMondo (mdimondo@umich.edu).



Parking in Ann Arbor and on campus is often limited. If you have a car, you can consider student parking options. Michigan’s campus is also commuter friendly, with lots of bike lanes and motorcycle parking. UM also partners with Zipcar car-sharing program for discounts.

Taking the Bus

Getting around Ann Arbor without a car, is often easier. The University of Michigan has its own transit services (U-M Blue Bus) that operates 12 fixed-route lines. As a student, trainee, faculty, or staff, you can use the U-M Blue Bus or AATA routes to get around for free with your M-Card. The bus system generally operates from about 5am to 2:30am on weekdays and about 7am to 3am on weekends, with reduced hours during summer term and on holidays.

Always be sure to check routes and schedules for operating times, or use Magic Bus for real time tracking for your route. You can also use the google maps directions tool and specify “transit” as your mode of travel to get directions to your destination within bus routes.

After Hours and Emergency Ride Home Services

Ride Home (FREE) is a shared-taxi service for students, faculty, and staff who live in residence halls, have vehicles parked in the U-M operating lots or structures, or live in a local residence within a one-mile radius of Central and North Campuses. Pick up locations are limited to Shapiro Library, Duderstadt Center, and UH South Staff Entrance and are offered from 1am-7am year round. Call 734-647-8000 and select option 2.

Safe Ride (FREE) is for students, faculty, and staff who live or are parked within a one-mile radius of campus. Riders may use this service once per evening and must present a valid UM ID card. Safe Ride is offered Fall/Winter from 8pm to 2am. Call 734-647-8000 and select option 1.

Night Ride Home ($5) is a shared ride home service available after AATA fixed route service ends and will take you home within Ann Arbor and a small section of Ypsilanti. Offered Monday – Friday from 11pm to 6am and Saturday – Sunday from 7pm to 7:30am. Call 734-647-800 and select option 3.

State Street Ride (FREE) is offered from any campus building to the State Street Commuter Lot on Monday – Friday from 10pm – 6am. To schedule, call Blue Cab at 734-547-2222.

Emergency Ride Home (FREE) will give you a free ride to your residence, parked car, or other local location for qualifying emergency situations such as illness or injury, unscheduled overtime, stranded car pool riders, and more. This is a 24/7 service with a limit of 6 uses per year. To schedule, call DPSS directly at 734-763-1131.

Recreational Buildings

Rec Sports at the University of Michigan is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle through engagement, leadership, and activity. As a student, trainee, faculty, or staff, you can become a member of Recreational Sports.

Being a member will get you access to:

  • the comprehensive Rec Sports Buildings (CCRB, NCRB, Sports Coliseum, and the IMSB)
  • two indoor pools
  • cardio and weight equipment
  • drop-in racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts
  • two indoor tracks
  • sauna
  • showers and lockers

View your options and cost of membership on the Rec Sports website. To become a member, bring the necessary ID and/or paperwork to the Business Office in CCRB, IMSB or NCRB. Fill out the forms, show your documentation, and purchase your membership.

Exploring Ann Arbor

From sipping coffee and catching up with friends in a cozy cafe, to spending the weekend kayaking along the coast of one of our Great Lakes, you’ll never be in short of things to do outside of the lab.

The Ann Arbor Convention & Visitor’s Bureau is a great resource to help you find spots for outdoor recreation, seasonal activities, restaurants, and events in the area. Sign up on their news page to receive monthly emails about fun things to do in Ann Arbor, or request a free visitors guide.