Recent Alumnus 2012-01-03T22:24:34Z
Living in Ann Arbor. Expensive. I pay more for cost of living than i do tuition. (which in my case is very fortunate seeing as I am out of state). There is availability of living places but if you look past the prices they ask. There is a website on the university housing linking to a search page for off campus housing with specific criteria. It is relatively easy to find places, but you have to be quick. Parking is rough if you do not have a house. If you live in the dorms (and are not on north campus) then it will be hard to bring a car at all. That is the bonus of off campus housing, they often come with a few spots.
College Junior 2011-12-31T19:10:36Z
Parking is pretty easy on North campus, but central campus is a little more difficult. Most houses have parking and if not streets are available for parking everywhere.
College Junior 2011-12-31T19:09:20Z
Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scene at Michigan is pretty light. Some fraternities are cocaine hubs, but there are 40 some fraternities and only two or so have a drug record.
College Junior 2011-12-31T18:54:29Z
Incredible Sports – Varsity sports at Michigan are unbelievable. The entire school backs every sports team and the student sections are loud and vibrant and the sports teams are always good, making them fun to watch.
College Junior 2011-12-31T18:46:55Z
Health & Safety:
Campus security does a good job, but we have had problems with assaults. It is a big campus and therefore hard to lock down entirely. Don't leave room unattended and keep your computer safe in the libraries.
College Junior 2011-12-31T03:07:41Z
Costs Money but Plentiful – I personally don't have a car that I park at college, but parking never seems to be a problem with those who do. Usually parking garages or street side parking have openings and costs aren't unreasonable.
College Junior 2011-12-31T03:00:35Z
Very Fun – Greek life at the University of Michigan is a collection of very enjoyable and well rounded organizations. Fraternities host parties most weekends which much of the student body attends. Students who go through the rush process attend many and varied activities such as a photo scavenger hunt. Sororities are very close knit and widely popular among students. Both types of organizations are involved in many activities that branch out from conventional activities of a fraternity.
College Junior 2011-12-31T02:54:22Z
There is plenty of diversity on the University of Michigan campus, however the student body separates itself unintentionally according to their race. African American members of the student body especially tend to create close knit groups with other African American students. The Asian community of the University of Michigan is very active with organizations for many different countries of origin.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:09:27Z
beCAUSE UoM is huuuuge, the MBuses are essential to every student's life on campus (without a personal car).
Except on the busy times, like morning classes and lunch time classes, the MBuses are perfect.
It does get real cramped in it though...
other than the buses being jam-packed, the buses run thoroughly at good timing all around campus so its not a big deal getting to places on campus.
Also, UoM has its personal mobile-app for real-time locations of every bus on campus so it's really useful for timing.
College Junior 2011-12-28T17:03:53Z
I honestly think this is all relative to who you hang out with.
I am Korean but I hang out with a good mix of people so I have a good mix.
UoM has a very large student body, so you will somehow end up finding the right group of people on campus.
You hang out with Asians, you have and see more Asian friends.
same thing for any other races really.
Frankly, at UoM, you will see a lot of white students.
But I love white people, so I feel at home.
Most white people are awesome sooooo.
College Junior 2011-12-28T16:52:27Z
Being an Engineer at Uom – I am an engineering student at UoM and I have to say, all my upper classman engineers spend a lot of their times studying.
Being an engineer at UoM is extremely difficult in terms of workload and curriculum. Then again, to accommodate everyone's needs, the university offers endless resources and help for all of its students.
our many libraries are perfect for studying, all-nighters and group projects.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-28T05:17:00Z
Work Study Opportunities – I believe that the University of Michigan provides a bountiful supply of opportunities for their students to get active in their pursuits and applying their major to their daily life via internships or work study opportunities. The only downfall is the immense amount of competition and the complicated process in getting involved.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-28T05:06:14Z
U of M is always on top of notifying students about up and coming event details via email and keeping up the school spirit with discounts and motivating offers. The football games by far the most popular and have an incredible attendance with the best stadium in the United States by far which is absolutely breathtaking. The university also does pretty good job supporting their club sports and giving them a sturdy place in the athletics department as well as promoting intramural sports for good sportsmanship and fun.
College Junior 2011-12-27T16:44:59Z
there are buses that run all the time during the week, and they are totally free. They go all over town and campus, and even to shopping centers outside of the city. It is very easy to get on a bus and go from one side of campus to another, but navigating the system can be tricky at first.
College Junior 2011-12-27T16:41:38Z
there tons of different races and cultures at U of M. Many people are friends with each other and tolerant of other customs and religions. there are many culturally-based student groups and places to go to discuss diversity issues.
College Junior 2011-12-27T16:39:47Z
Mediocre Technology Services – the wifi always shuts down in many dorms, and isn't even available in many. They have a limit on number of pages you can print, and it's never enough. after that you have to start paying. the computer labs are always full, there aren't enough easily accessible. But they have nice computers, and a pretty secure system. When the internet does work it's usually pretty fast.
College Senior 2011-12-25T23:18:34Z
Nothing Special – The student body at the University of Michigan covers a myriad of religions and races, but the diversity present isn't really obvious unless you go to seek it out. Be prepared to see plenty of Asian students on campus; if you're taking upper-level mathematics or engineering, there's a pretty good chance a good portion of your class will be Asian.
College Senior 2011-12-25T23:14:34Z
Housing Priority Just Overturned – This year, the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor decided to reverse the order of housing sign-up, presumably to ensure all incoming freshman will have a place to live. The end result of this, unfortunately, is that juniors and seniors who desire to stay in dorms are out of luck unless they were lucky enough to attend the theme week for a theme community.
In terms of the actual dorms, the girls-only dorms of Barbour and Helen Newberry have VERY small rooms. My personal experience with Newberry was that it was very easy to connect with your hallmates, as everyone congregated in hallways or lounges to avoid spending time in such a small dorm room. The bathrooms in Newberry are very nice; the showers come with a glass door and each shower comes with a small changing area closed off by a curtain. In contrast, East Quad bathrooms have showers with a curtain and a communal changing area.
College Senior 2011-12-25T23:10:33Z
Decent Food on Central Campus – Depending on the dining halls you frequent, the quality of the food changes. Oftentimes, the smaller dining halls (e.g. Barbour) serve worse food than major dining halls such as South Quad or Mojo. The newest dining hall supposedly has the best food, though I've never been there, but if you want variety Mojo is probably the best place to go. If you're looking for more vegetarian options, I believe East Quad is your best choice if you're not in the mood for a salad. A word of advice - Blue Bucks are probably more useful than Dining Dollars in the long run, especially if you live in a dorm that doesn't have a cafe/mini-store such as Victors.
College Junior 2011-12-24T04:20:15Z
Pretty Diverse – Overall pretty diverse, but people tend to stick with their race.
College Junior 2011-12-24T04:19:45Z
Great Variety, Great Food, a Little Pricey – Overall, great food. South university street is where a lot of the best freshman hangout food is. Great burrito places especially. There are a few chain places but definitely are avoidable and I would suggest that as well.
College Junior 2011-12-24T04:18:16Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe, Only Few Issues – Overall pretty safe, recently some petty crime issues have shown up on the crime report but nothing too bad at all. Over the summer there was some sexual assaults and the entire campus freaked out but its cleaned up now
College Junior 2011-12-23T21:16:02Z
Gets Nasty – I like snow and rain in their respective seasons, but we tend to get really cold rain in early winter or nasty snow in fall. The students make the most of any weather though with dorm vs. dorm snowball fights and other similar activities.
College Junior 2011-12-23T21:11:50Z
Free Buses to Just About Anywhere – With your M-Card, you can ride on the Ann Arbor buses for free along with the already free Blue Buses. They take you just about anywhere around Ann Arbor, including the mall. There are multiple free transportation services at night.
College Junior 2011-12-23T21:07:28Z
Food, Food Everywhere! During dining hours, there are many places, including most of the dorms, where you can find dining halls. Some of the dining halls offer many options that provide for just about any diet, while others offer less options. I have a friend who, because of her gluten intolerance, needs a specific diet, so the chefs cook her a personalized meal every time she needs it. The main issue with dining is at night when you need food, and the dining hall aren't open. There are cafes and other places, but they are reasonably expensive.
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