Recent Alumnus 2010-09-27T19:01:42Z
Snows a Lot – It snows a lot here, but classes hardly ever get cancelled, which is annoying. Classes are really far from the dorms, so it can get a little treacherous walking to class in ice and snow. But, once the weather turns nice, everyone hangs out outside.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-27T19:01:05Z
Buses Are Best – School operates plenty of buses so students can reach the place they want to go easily. Moreover, Ann Arbor's local bus fare is free for my college students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:31:55Z
Good bus system – Good transportation to everywhere on the massive campus. There are buses that run every 10 min to north and south campus (from central campus) and it's not that bad of a walk to get most anywhere else. There is also public buses that the city uses to get way off campus, but I never had to use those as I had a car.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:29:59Z
Pretty bad – So, the parking situation is horrible. If you are an employee, you get a pass to the massive lots for $500/yr. Otherwise, you look for street parking, which may take you a while. Otherwise, you can get a parking spot with an apartment or separately, which will cost you a lot too ($300-1500/year). When I became a commuter student for my last semester though, I just learned to eat parking tickets (about 2 per week) because there was nothing you could do.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:27:18Z
Bars, bars, bars – The bar scene is pretty standardized. There are about 6 bars in the area that compete for the business of certain nights of the week (Tuesdays is Scorekeepers, Thursdays is Mitches, or whatever). These are catering to the partiers though. There are some nicer establishments that have food and drinks that you can have a glorious time at any time of the week. Also, there is a rock/dance concert venue, and a club past main street. Not bad for a small town.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:24:40Z
Guys & Girls:
Lacking in physical, bolstered by the mental – If you are here looking for hot bodies, go to Western Michigan University instead. If you are thinking about this school to advance knowledge, this is the place for you. Overall, the people are fun and respectful though.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:22:31Z
Similar to the on campus housing, the houses have character, since Ann Arbor is a great old city. However, most of the housing that is accessible to the students are in shoddy condition at best. As an adult, you wouldn't live there. However, it is close to some really nice victorian houses, however it'll cost you the more you upgrade. Housing can run from $400-1000 per bedroom, depending on quality and placement
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:20:35Z
Well, they are dorms – Small and cramped, these are nothing noteworthy or exceptional. Just average. If you stay a second or third year, you are likely to get the top floor rooms, which give an illusion of more space.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:19:02Z
Some of the best. The campus lies right near downtown Ann Arbor, which is the mecca for all fine diners in the area. The food can be found cheap and ridiculously fancy. It'll run the gamut.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:17:05Z
I lived in Bursley and the dining center here was sublime. Tons of different options every day. I gained a bit of weight when I lived here. When on central campus though, I thought that the south quad dining was good, but the west quad was pretty bad. So, it depends on where you go. Overall though, it is homemade (i.g. - not fast food) and run by student workers. It's definitely better than dorms I've been to in VA, IL and other campuses within Michigan.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:13:47Z
Doing fine – The computer facilities are giant centers within the libraries. You can usually find places to plug in or check your email (they have special email stations). Also, they have a good assortment of computers for the different groups (macs, windows, linux, solaris, etc). There is a lot of competition for certain locations though and I would suggest having a laptop as a student.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:09:46Z
Great Programs – The requirements here are tough and force everyone to study hard. Now that I have gone to get my masters and visited other schools (as well as the fact that my wife is a professor) - I have found many other programs to be lacking severely. One qualm I do have is the fact that the professor to student ration tends to be really bad. I had a chemistry class with one professor and 500 students - this is out of control. I can't stack it up to the ivy league colleges, but overall the experience was good.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T17:07:18Z
Worked for me! I'm not a sports nut, so this won't affect my review (though people tell me the sports programs are quite good). Overall, I had a good learning experience and the people I met here helped me to get jobs in my career in the aftermath of graduation.
College Senior 2010-09-02T04:36:04Z
Rich Rod – Take out rich rod and the football team will get better... bball team sux but the atmosphere is amazing
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T17:21:15Z
Pick Your Groups Carefully – Although Michigan is a fairly "smart" school that comes with the added hassle of finding anyone fun to hangout with. It is never a good idea to judge a book by its cover here. The people who may look mean may just want you to say hi and they'll light up! So try it! Talk to people! Make friends for the long-term, not just the moment. Academically it is no joke, socially you may feel neglected if you are not actively conversing with people because they will NOT talk to you first. Get that out of your head NOW. And be nice to people, it pays off tremendously!!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T17:13:52Z
Not Healthy – There are certainly not enough healthy food places to eat off campus. And the best places to eat food are too far from campus!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T17:11:56Z
Feasible Accesibility. There are a good number f computers for students to use including Macs and PCs, which is fairly convenient. They are not as clean as I would like.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T05:15:28Z
Not Great – It seems Michigan caters to a very specific demographic, with only a few outliers. And among that demographic, students tend to be either exceptionally worldly and accepting, or appallingly ignorant to the challenges of other groups of people whilst still expecting credit for their worldliness.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T05:13:11Z
I came to the university to study political science, and have not only gotten an education in that area that exceeded my expectations but I also am very prepared for careers in a variety of fields based on the attention to skill building in the school of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-27T02:07:49Z
Unfortunately,I don't live off-campus in ann arbor. I commute from south lyon to ann arbor. It is very convenient due to the fact that it is cheaper to live off-capmus of ann arbor. I only pay $400 a moth instead of $750 like a lot of places in ann arbor. The only dislikes are just the distance it take to get to ann arbor, which is half an hour. There is parking provided and the location of my place is in a safe area that ensures my saftey. There is help to guide you around the school, but there not that noticeable to find. you usually have to hunt someone down to help you./
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-15T23:14:13Z
The local transportation around Ann Arbor is great - the University sponsors a bus system that comprehensively covers shuttles between north, central, and south campuses. Also, as students at U of M we are given free access to all of the AATA (Ann Arbor Transportation Authority) which provides students with timely, convenient, and comprehensive access to off campus housing, dining, groceries, and most everything else within the area.
However, Ann Arbor is lacking in the area of long distance transportation - the nearest major Airport is in Detroit (which is roughly 45 minutes away), but we do have an Amtrak station right in the city.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-15T23:04:27Z
Depends on Situation – The "strictness of the campus" is totally dependent upon the situation and location. As a student living in the dorm, the perceived strictness of the U is completely dependent on the strictness of one's RA (Resident Advisor) - some RAs will allow literally anything to happen in their hall, and some are quite strict regarding what may and may not happen in the dorms.
Similarly, student who live off-campus experience the same situation with police - some campus police officers are quite generous and will allow students to get away with just a warning, while others will give students an MIP on their first offense.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-15T22:55:31Z
Strong Community, but Exclusive – The Greek Community at U of M is quite interconnected - most people in a fraternity or sorority have a very strong social network within the Greek system. This network is helpful because a member of the Greek Community is typically no more than one person removed from anyone else in the Greek Community, so it is easy to meet other people one is interested in meeting.
The downside of the Greek Community is that people in that community often do not branch out - they only know people and are involved with groups within that system (and the University has so much more to offer!).
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-15T17:13:24Z
Guys & Girls:
There are some people who have eclectic styles, but for the most part, the people shop at nearly the same places, so you'll see a lot of people trying to fit in rather than stand out. However, I love that this school is so big and diverse, which means there are many different social groups.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-15T17:11:03Z
Prices Can Be Negotiated – If you negotiate the price a little, the landlords are willing to decrease a little bit of the rent or will try to accommodate your needs in other ways (free washer/dryer, free carpet cleaning, free parking, etc.).
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