The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, a town known for its lively arts scene, beautiful parks and over 300 restaurants. U-M’s "Diag" is the heart of campus, the original spot where it all began back in 1837 when the University relocated from Detroit. This is a big school with close to 40,000 annual enrollment. Greek life is big, and football games in Michigan Stadium, known fondly as the Big House, are legendary. Be sure to stock up on gear at M Den, an Ann Arbor institution. Students at Michigan work hard and play hard and forever bleed blue.
Stay: Formerly the Campus Inn, check in to the newly redone and relaunched Graduate Ann Arbor. Graduate Hotels are an exciting new collection of hotels opening unique, well-curated properties exclusively in college towns across the country. Located directly across from campus, and within walking distance of all of Ann Arbor’s hot spots, you can’t find a better location. The Bell Tower Hotel is another good choice, also located right on campus.
Casual: Go to Frita Batidos for a delicious Cuban inspired meal, we were told not to leave Ann Arbor without trying a Frita from here. Other good choices are Jerusalem Garden for Mediterranean, Blue Tractor for BBQ, Mani for Italian and Grizzly Peak for American. Have some Ramen at the Slurping Turtle or enjoy Korean BBQ at Tomoukun. For seasonal small plates using local ingredients, Spencer is a neighborhood favorite.
A Step Up: Don’t miss eating at Grange Kitchen and Bar, a market driven restaurant offering a seasonal and creative menu. You’ll also be happy at Cafe Zola, Chop House, Melange, Gratzi or Pacific Rim—there’s so many great choices in Ann Arbor! There are new restaurants in town from some of Ann Arbor favorite establishments: book a seat at Aventura from the team behind Sava’s, Mezzevino from the owners of The Chop House and Eve from the chef behind Frita Batidos.
Late Night Snack: Fleetwood Diner is popular late night for their Hippie Hash! A student go-to is Pizza House, for their cheesy bread. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Blank Slate Creamery and try the famous colliders from Rod’s Diner—a frozen yogurt with multiple toppings of your choice. Pictures of Michigan students line the walls with their creations.
Local Attractions: Attending a football game in The Big House is an experience you won’t soon forget. Michigan Stadium is the U.S.’s largest stadium, seating over 110,000. If there’s no game when you’re in town you can still visit, book a mid week tour here. Spend some time at the University’s Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Art. You’ll understand why Ann Arbor is often called “Tree Town” at the Nichols Arboretum, a 123 acre conservatory. Great music venues in town include Blind Pig and The Ark. See an independent film at The Michigan Theater, stroll the shops at the Kerrytown Market and Shops or tour the Wolverine Brewery. Many students and their families are spending more time in Detroit which is in the midst of a cultural resurgence. Two recent articles in the NY Times and Architectural Digest attest to Detroit’s rebirth. See both here and here.
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Maize & Blue
1220 Student Activities Building
515 East Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
(p) (734) 764-7433
(f) (734) 936-0740
Erica Sanders, Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NCAA Division I
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Grizzly Peak Slurping Turtle
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Blank Slate Creamery
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