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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Ann Arbor has been voted one of the best college towns in the whole US. The city is great. There is a myriad of places to eat, shop, or just hangout. You can always find the right place, no matter what you are looking for. It is a tad bit expensive for a lot of things, but not ridiculously. Overall, its an amazing place.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I have lived here all my life and Ann Arbor is unlike any other place in the world. There is always something to do, such as Restaurant Week or there are new exhibits at the Art Museum to be seen. I think in terms of everything that is mentioned in the description of this question that Ann Arbor excels. There are lots of sports and gyms, many students work at the local businesses, there is a mall ten minutes away - it's wonderful!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Downtown Ann Arbor is so vibrant and alive!

5 College Junior

Local Area: Ann Arbor is a wonderful town. There are a million things to do, art fairs, sporting events, good music and dining. The local inhabitants accept students.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is something for everyone to do.


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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 197 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 198 responses

  • 27% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 68% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 198 responses

  • 31% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 63% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 196 responses

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



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