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Guest wolverine

Ann Arbor, MI

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Anyone have questions about Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan? I've been here for 15 years, I'm afraid. :)

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yes! i'll need a car right? and...where should i live? (i've looked on the off campus housing map on the umich website..."area 2" looks nice...) :-D you rock.

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You'll only need a car if you want to buy groceries or leave the city of Ann Arbor. :) It is, strictly speaking, possible to live in Ann Arbor using only a bike and public transportation, but it takes some effort.

I assume you're talking about this map? http://www.offcampus.housing.umich.edu/lt/map.cfm

yeah, "area 2" is pretty fun. Lots of undergrads in there, a few coops, and (of course) Zingermans! Most folks will refer to this alternately as "the state street area" or "the ann/catherine area." I live in area 12 myself (aka lowertown) it's only a mile to campus, the bus is reliable, it's a nice walk, and the rents tend to be cheaper, I think. Areas 1 and 3 are also really nice (ann arbor's second-oldest neighborhood and "the old west side" respectively) and popular with grad students but can be a bit spendy.

You should check out http://umich.edu/info/ for general questions; the web site kinda sucks but there's a tremendous amount of useful information there (and the folks who maintain that site literally know everything there is to know about the U and the city).

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thanks so much! i'm going to be a roaming bum for the summer so i'm thinking as soon as my lease is up here at the end of april i'll go out to ann arbor and sign a lease for the fall - assuming that housing (good housing at least) goes pretty quickly?

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How about the expenses. could u pls give me an idea about the cost of living in ann arbor. thanks

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say, if i go to Umich this fall, when should I start to look for housing?

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Start looking now. You are competing with undergrads. It is worth the extra money to live within walking distance of campus. Be prepared to visit a number of dumps before you find an acceptable home.

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Is craigslist.com a reliable source to use for housing? I have used it with wonderful results in finding a place and roommates here in Berkeley, but I will most likely be going to UMich and will be looking for housing soon. When is the best time to start looking? What area would be the best to look in. What is the best way to go about looking when you can't actually visit right away? I will be a graduate in Biomedical Engineering. And anyother pointers would be great, such as car or no car, furnished or not, roomate or no roomate, which is cheaper. Thank you for any and all help.

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Start with the University's off campus housing website, http://www.offcampus.housing.umich.edu/ ... stings.cfm Expect to pay between $700-800 a month for a one bedroom. You can pay less if you are willing to take a room in a group house or to look for a roommate. Pay attention to whether or not the rent includes heat or other utilities -- heat can be very expensive here.

One option might be the University-owned Northwood Family Housing Complex. The name is deceptive; single students can also get units there. However, they are institutional and not at all convenient to Central Campus. I'd strongly advise you to look off campus for better facilities and a better deal.

Leasing season starts in October or November, when big groups of undergrads sign leases. However, it's the big houses with many bedrooms, where 6-8 or more undergrads live together, that go first. You can still find one and two bedroom apartments in the summer; I did. However, the earlier you look, the more options you will have. Start as soon as you can. Michigan law requires you (or a representative) to inspect the property before you can sign a lease, so you won't be able to lease over the phone -- you do need to actually be in Ann Arbor at some point.

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Hi!

Can anyone throw some light on life in the town? How is it like both on/off campus? Thanks :)

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Hi!

Can anyone throw some light on life in the town? How is it like both on/off campus? Thanks :)

I went there for a visit and I liked it. A lot more peaceful than many places I've been.

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I'm headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a visit weekend.

Anything I should be sure to check out? I'm more concerned with interesting places for people that live there as opposed to tourist attractions.

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Hi Katellis,

I've got an admit for PhD in Biophysics at UMich...I'll be heading to Ann Arbor in mid August...So how good is Ann Arbor for spending 5 years or more??Also I've heard a lot about its severe winter..Could you please tell me more about the city, cost of living etc..Btw I'm an International student..

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if you like breakfast, its worth making the trip to angelos on catherine just east of glen (near the hospital) -- its hands down the best breakfast ive ever had! get there early though, there's usually a lineup (though u-m is on spring break right now so it will probably less crowded than usual)

I disagree with this. I think Angelos is grossly overrated. I would head over to "Afternoon Delight" on E. Liberty. It has the best cinnamon french toast in town. There is another breakfast joint on main called "The Broken Egg," which I like a lot.

Other than that, make a trip through the law quad and check out the law library. Both are very cool. In terms of living, it depends what you want to do. You can live almost anywhere--it's cheaper to live in a neighboring town, such as Yipsilanti, though. Most undergrads live close to campus. I'm not sure where all the grad students live, but lots of law students live in houses or apartments just a little farther from campus. I would recommend living as close to campus as you can reasonably afford since the winter walks outside are killer. Anywhere within a several block radius should do it. Driving in AA sucks because there is nowhere to park on campus--unless you finagle a pass, somehow.

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katellis hi, this is very valuable info thank you so much, if you don't mind I'd like to ask a couple of more questions :D If I'm planning to commute (by bus) to class just so I can get nicer living quarters, which areas would you suggest? I was considering living even further out and drive, but after seeing several people comment on the impossibility of parking on campus (and the trouble of maintaining a vehicle) I've given that up. Right now I'm getting so worried the desirable places will be snapped up before fall matriculation that I'm seriously contemplating heading out in April or May to look at prospectives :cry: Also, would a stipend of roughly 1,500/month be suitable for AA COL? If not I'm going to have to dig into those savings :evil:

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Hi all,

Anyone have opinions on the co-ops? I know they can have varying characters/ reputations. I will likely be joining the EEB department at Umich in August and co-ops might offer the cheapest living situation. Thanks

Emily

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katellis: thanks again :D I checked out craigslist and a few other housing ad websites, guess it would be best to head over to AA and see for myself. Right now though I feel like I'm being bullied by my complit to-be-advisors into making a quick decision, and I just want to scream yes I'm coming but at least let me get the last of those rejects! Gee, you'd think they should have more patience considering 4/15 is still 20 days away :lol:

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Would you please tell me more about travelling from Ann Arbor to New York? Is it easy to go with airplane? Is there any transportation for that? Is airport far from Ann Arbor?

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shima you can get to the Detroit airport (DTW) under an hour from AA, and the flight is 2 hrs approximately, I looked it up already because I'm probably going to do long-D with my boyfriend in NYC, boo... :cry: And don't worry about getting to the airport, I think there is an airport shuttle, and I'm sure there will be other options too.

And yeah katellis, I'm ready to accept their offer, the other incoming decisions from other schools isn't going to make a difference. Where will you be heading?

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Hi every one!

my fiance and I are accepted to EECS and ME deprtments of UM. Does anybody know if the campuses of these two departments are far away from each other or not? And also, please suggest the best neighberhood, not far away from these two campuses.

Thank you.

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katellis I always love it when people are excited about their prospective schools, it just seems so fulfilling :D

And shima I really can't envy you enough, my boyfriend received an offer from UM too but opted to go to Columbia instead, I'm not doing too good with the long-d adjustments (he's leaving our home-country very soon in May for the summer semester) and thankfully his M.S. takes only a year, hopefully he'll work in a more accessible city then :evil: As for housing, I've been doing a lot of research, it seems that you could look for places around North Campus, please correct me if I'm wrong :oops:

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I found out that you are accepted by UM ( which program? ) and your boyfriend is accepted by columbia ( which program? ). Is it correct? like my fiance and I :wink:

Why don't u try to transfer your universities? Are u now in ann arbor?

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hi shima, no I'm not in Ann Arbor right now but I will be in August :lol: , my boyfriend and I have already accepted our offers from the respective schools, I am in Comparative Literature PhD and he is in MS Urban Design, I'm sure he did a lot of research and decided that Columbia was more worth it, so despite having a hard time with this decision I'm not holding any grudges against him. But! I really think what you said in another thread is going to be true for me as well, I have always enjoyed a big city lifestyle too and cannot fathom living in a small town for 5 yrs or more. I do believe that I will be able to get away to larger cities once in a while and hope those visits will keep me going, I should be too busy to think about shopping sprees anyway!

By "like my fiance and I" do you mean you will be doing long-distance too? AA vs NYC?

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I'd recommend living closer to campus as the ann arbor busses can be unreliable. I did the buses one year during undergrad and was late to about 2/3rds of my classes, even when I took the earlier bus. In snow storms or rain storms they sometimes forget to arrive...

The north to central campus ones are not bad, so for the couple dealing with that--north campus is quiet and sometimes cheaper, but away from the restaurants/fun stuff (and no busses on weekends), so thats a good option, but many north-campus goes live on central and use the UMICH busses as they are usually alright.

Most grad students I know live right by central campus too, its not that bad if you find the right neighborhood. Mine is a 5 minute walk to campus, and is quiet as a mouse (the neighborhood behind the union/LS&A building if you look at a map). I have friends that live a little north of the rackham building (once again on a map its roughly ann st. and thayer I think?) and its also silent. Just live somewhere where you cant hear the frats/sororities.

I'll be honest, I'm VERY happy to be leaving ann arbor, but to me the city is boring, a touch crazy (and I'm a liberal too...), and well... did I mention after a few years it's boring?

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