The University of Michigan, a public research institution 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.
Transportation: Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW) is only 20 miles from Ann Arbor, about a 45-minute drive (at the most). Major hubs are Delta, Spirit, and US Air among others. Prefer to travel via train; there is an Amtrak station right in Ann Arbor. Visit the Amtrak website for info on schedules.
Stay: Formerly the Campus Inn, check in to the newly redone and relaunched Graduate Ann Arbor. Graduate Hotels are well-curated boutique properties in university towns across the country designed with a collegiate spirit, perfect when you’re touring or during Parents Weekends. Located directly across from campus, and within walking distance of all of Ann Arbor’s hot spots, you couldn’t ask for a better location. Marriott's Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown is just a few blocks from the University, another convenient choice in the heart of downtown. The Bell Tower Hotel is another good choice, also located within the downtown campus.
Lunch: Zingerman's Delicatessen is an institution in Ann Arbor, and a must visit--as one student stated: just go to Zingerman's for every meal. Expect a line, but it's worth the wait for phenomenal sandwiches at what is considered one of the best delis in the country. For healthy, hip, Instagram worthy food head to Fred's, also recommended for breakfast and brunch(think smoothies), avocado toast and acai bowls. Le Dog serves delicious homemade soups. Everyone loves Sava’s American comfort food menu, equally good at dinner. The Lunch Room Bakery and Cafe is the place for vegan food in Ann Arbor, with two locations, one in Huron Towers and another in nearby Kerrytown.
Casual: Head 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, and Isalita for Mexican. Enjoy Ramen at the Slurping Turtle, family style Korean at Miss Kim or Korean BBQ at Tomoukun. For seasonal small plates using local ingredients, Spencer is a neighborhood favorite. Mani Osteria is many students’ top choice when they're parents are in town for a fun, lively dinner feasting on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, salads and small plates.
A Step Up: One of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor, Taste Kitchen stands out thanks to a global, sophisticated menu. Grange Kitchen and Bar is a market-driven restaurant featuring hearty, upscale American fare. Students and parents also suggest Chop House, Melange, and Pacific Rim. Sister restaurants reign--book a seat at Aventura from the team behind Sava’s, and lively Mikette, known for excellent French bistro fare from the folks of Mani Osteria.
Late Night Snack: Fleetwood Diner is famous late night for their Hippie Hash! A student go-to is Pizza House, where everyone orders the cheesy bread. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Blank Slate Creamery or 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 original 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 midweek 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.
Why Students Think UMich is #1
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IN ANN ARBOR
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