Living in Ann Arbor

Main Street, downtown in Ann Arbor

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Ann Arbor combines a small-town atmosphere with the diverse educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities of a large city. The performing arts, recreational activities on land and water, an array of restaurants, shops, churches, and social clubs add to Ann Arbor’s charm and distinction. Special events include the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the weekly Farmer’s Market, the monthly antiques shows during the summer, the annual May Festival, and the Summer Festival. The University itself sponsors a multitude of activities for the entire family. Spectator sports throughout the year are highlighted by Big Ten teams competing in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and many other sports. Membership in the University’s recreational sports programs are available at reasonable prices and feature indoor sports such as squash, handball, jogging, and swimming. House Officers may play golf at one of the University’s two golf courses or at one of the city’s two municipal courses. Ann Arbor has one outdoor and two indoor tennis clubs in addition to numerous public outdoor courts.

Michigan Stadium

Throughout the academic year the University Musical Society presents more than 40 performances of internationally-known concert artists, symphony orchestras, chorale, and chamber music ensembles, opera and dance groups. The University School of Music also offers programs with solo and ensemble music, together with opera, orchestra, and band performances.

Gallup Park along the Huron

Living costs in Ann Arbor are about average for most communities of similar size and type. There are more than 700 university-owned apartments on campus. The majority of House Officers
choose homes or apartments near the medical center. The Ann Arbor school system is scholastically excellent and contributes to the reputation enjoyed by the city as a wonderful place to raise a family. All areas of the city are well supplied with parks and schools. The population of Ann Arbor (2000 census) is over 114,000 and more than 69% of Ann Arborites have college degrees. The city is located 35 miles west of Detroit and is just a 25-minute drive from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.