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.

Our Community: Housing

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Our Community: Survival Guide

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Our Community: Campus Life

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Our Community: Ann Arbor Guide

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  • Visiting Ann Arbor
  • Arts & Culture
  • Food & Groceries
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Regional Trips

More Information about Life in Ann Arbor


  • Upon acceptance into the program, PIBS students are offered numerous resources to help them find roommates and housing in Ann Arbor. Some examples of this include information from PIBS-alumni regarding places they live or have lived, lists of commonly used housing search engines, access to a PIBS facebook group to help find roommates, and more. We understand that transitioning into your first year can be stressful (especially finding housing), so we encourage students to ask both PIBS staff and current students all of their housings questions. PIBS students who are looking for housing or roommates can consider emailing their peers at pibssocial@umich.edu or send a message in the Current Graduate Students Facebook group.

  • If a leasing agent asks for employment verification, please email your request and leasing agents contact information to pibs@umich.edu.

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.