Resident Life

Ann Arbor combines a small-town atmosphere with the diverse educational, cultural and recreational opportunities of a big city.

The performing arts, recreational activities on land and water, an array of restaurants, shops, add to Ann Arbor's charm and distinction.

Special events include the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the weekly Farmer's Market, antiques shows during spring and early fall, and annual events like the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, and the Summer Festival.

Residents Recommend

  • Restaurants. More than 300 to choose from in a variety of cuisines and price ranges.
  • Running. Plenty of trails, including many near campus.
  • Huron River. Right in our backyard, this nationally designated water trail offers endless recreation, including kayaking and fishing.
  • College sports. Football Saturdays at the Big House are just the beginning.
  • Downtown. It’s easy to navigate Ann Arbor’s vibrant scene.
  • Golf. House officers may play golf at one of the University's two golf courses or at one of the city's two municipal courses.
  • Cultural events all year long, in any season — both on campus and off campus.
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The majority of house officers choose to rent homes or apartments near the medical center. There are many resources to find housing on or close to campus. Many residents find that the House Officer compensation package makes the cost of living in Ann Arbor very manageable.

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Residents Say

“Ann Arbor has many of the same amenities as bigger cities (great restaurants, entertainment, sporting events, etc.) while being much more affordable to live on a resident salary, and without the time consuming commute to/from work every day.” — Nate Haas, M.D., Class of 2018

“Ann Arbor is bikeable and offers tons of restaurants, bars, sporting events. It’s not far to hiking trails and outdoor activities, and close to the Detroit Metro airport so it’s easy to travel.” — Chris Wallace, M.D., Class of 2019

“Ann Arbor cannot be lauded enough for being a very family friendly town. I have a 14-month old, and the last year has opened my eyes to the amount of support and activities for kids. Also, great outdoors activities, lots of rivers and running trails!” — Mary Eddy, M.D., Class of 2017