Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities offer the best of big city life in a small town setting. Whether you are single or have a family, the combination of cultural, outdoor and sporting activities, excellent restaurants, and a diverse community make Ann Arbor a stimulating place for graduate and postdoctoral studies.

Ann Arbor Rankings

Ann Arbor is consistently ranked among the top places to live in the United States due to its exceptional cost of living, family-friendly living, walkability, nightlife, and low crime rates, as well as its access to housing and job opportunities. In 2018, ranked Ann Arbor #1 in its 100 Best City to Live In.

Ann Arbor also finds a place on many other rankings lists:

  • #2 Best City to Live in America, (2019)
  • #1 Best College Town in America (Small Cities), WalletHub (2019)
  • #4 Best City to Raise a Family, (2018)
  • #6 Most Innovative Cities in the U.S., USA Today (2018)


Ethnicities from around the world find a home in Ann Arbor. Nowhere is this more evident—and delicious—than in the array of cuisines served in close to 300 restaurants. Ranging from exotic to down home, Ann Arbor boasts some of the best dining in the state of Michigan. No matter what you crave, you'll find a culinary experience to match your expectations.

Winter runners

Sports & Recreation

If you enjoy spectator sports, the Ann Arbor area offers an exciting range of top-ranked Big Ten teams to professional teams in Detroit, including the champion Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers. There is a student discount available for tickets to games on campus, including football at the legendary Big House.

Students can also participate in a wide variety of activities with programs in Intramural Sports, Club Sports, and Outdoor Adventures, or visit recreational facilities throughout campus.

Over 140 parks in the city of Ann Arbor allow outdoor enthusiasts to participate in all kinds of sports and outdoor activities during all seasons of the year.

Orchestra performs in Ann Arbor

Arts & Entertainment

A diverse cultural life abounds in Ann Arbor. Venues both on and off campus contribute to the city's reputation for being one of the top presenters of the performing arts in the country. Live music can be found almost any night of the week around town. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance hosts almost daily performances that are free and open to all students. The University's Museum of Art is home to the state's second largest collection of art and regularly features traveling exhibitions.

Ann Arbor is also home to an annual art fair that draws over 400,000 visitors from across the country. In mid-July, Ann Arbor Art Fair fills the streets of downtown with art vendors, exhibits, musical performances, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. 

City Links

Visit these sites for more information about living and playing in Ann Arbor:

Job Leads for Partners and Spouses

If you plan to bring a significant other with you to Ann Arbor, he or she will have plenty of prospects. About 10% of the workforce is employed by the University, and the area is rich with research and technology firms, not to mention the home of several major corporations. Our unemployment rate is well below the national and state averages at 4.2%, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For the most up-to-date info on current job openings in the Ann Arbor metropolitan area, check out these sites: