Local Atmosphere

Ann Arbor, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a fantastic college town-- it's such a diverse mix of locals and students, making a great community overall. There's always something going on thanks the university.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ann arbor is the hype

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is the best place to go to school

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a bustling city that always has many events for people of all interests. Consists of many privately owned businesses and the restaurants are amazing. On football saturdays, Ann Arbor is the place to be

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a college town where everyone is passionate about Michigan!


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Linda Tell
International Studies
Grad Year
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Ann Arbor has a reputation for being many things: artsy, liberal, cultural, scenic, and politically charged, to name a few. With a handful of stores, restaurants, and even two movie theaters, it's easy to find something to do any night of the week. An incredibly young city with a median age of 27, it's virtually impossible to determine where the campus ends and the city begins. Popular parts of the city include State Street, Main Street, and South University Avenue. Locally-owned shops, diverse restaurants, and the occasional chain store define these areas, with loud storefront signs and welcoming atmospheres. Ann Arbor is said by many to be your quintessential college town—a great place to walk around with friends, parents, and even on your own during class breaks.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Automobile Magazine and Car and Driver magazine are both based in Ann Arbor.
Notable Natives
  • Ken Burns – documentary filmmaker
  • Darren Criss – actor ("Glee")
  • Bill Ford – former CEO of Ford Motor Company
  • Tom Hayden – political and anti-war activist
  • Iggy Pop – rock musician
  • Bob Seger – rock musician
  • Andrew W.K. – rock musician
Local Slang
  • "A2" or "A-squared": Nicknames for Ann Arbor
  • The Arb: The Arboretum—Ann Arbor's namesake
  • Skeeps: Scorekeeper's Bar and Grill
  • South U: South University
Points of Interest
  • Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
  • Arboretum (the Arb)
  • University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
  • Wave Field on North Campus
Shopping Centers
  • Briarwood Mall
  • Main Street
  • State Street
Movie Theaters
Michigan Theatre
603 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor
(732) 668-8397
Movie Theaters
Quality 16
3686 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor
(734) 623-7469
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures Ann Arbor 20
4100 Carpenter Road
(734) 973-8424
Movie Theaters
State Theater
233 S. State St.
Ann Arbor
(734) 761-8667
Major Sports Teams
  • Detroit Lions: NFL
  • Detroit Pistons: NBA
  • Detroit Red Wings: NHL
  • Detroit Tigers: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: : 4 hours
  • Detroit: : 1 hour
Did You Know?
  • Ann Arbor is home to the biggest stadium in the nation, Michigan Stadium, also known as "the Big House," which holds nearly 110,000 Wolverine fans.
  • Ann Arbor was labeled "Tree City USA" by environmentalists.
  • The city is said to have gotten its name from the wife of one of its founders (Ann) and because of the trees in the area (an arboretum).
  • The city was named one of the "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine.
  • The University of Michigan is not just a college campus in Ann Arbor; it is also the largest employer and business in the city.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 159 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 160 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 67% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 28% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 160 responses

  • 8% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 58% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 160 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 29% Totally.



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