Ann Arbor is a small city yet it is home to over 40,000 students in addition to a countless number of faculty, staff, and local residents. Therefore, securing housing, especially for the fall semester, can be a competitive process.
Things to Know:
1.) The Earlier You Search, The Better
We suggest looking for accommodations as early as possible after submitting your application materials for the exchange program.
2.) Closer Equals Pricier
Typically, the closer you are to central campus, the more expensive your accommodations will be. "South Campus" (South of Hill Street/ Ross Business School) & North Campus locations are often considerably cheaper than "central campus" locations and the increased walk time may only be about five minutes
3. A 3-Month Lease is Negotiable
Though many housing postings say a 12- or 8- month lease is required, some landlords may be willing to negotiate a 3-month least for your exchange stay if you contact them.
4.) Compare Prices & Features
Make sure to research several different options. Some housing companies charge more than others for poor quality while others may offer more features for a similar or slightly higher price. Make sure to ask if comodities such as internet, electric/gas, water, cable TV, are included in the rent or paid separately. Ask whether the accommodation is furnished or unfurnished, has a washer/dryer within the building, etc.
To make your stay at the University enjoyable, you will want to secure off-campus housing around North Campus or Central Campus. Your options include shared housing, such student co-ops, as well as leased/rental apartments, houses, and rooms. Depending on the number of admitted students each year, there also may be some availability in the University dormitories.
To explore the various housing options and begin your search, click the following links:
U-M's Off-Campus Housing Website
The official off-campus housing website used by University of Michigan students is constantly updated with posts from students looking for roommates or subletters for various periods of time.
Off Campus Housing Companies
Because of the surplus of students, many housing companies operate in Ann Arbor, offering rental space in houses and apartments throughout the city. See the link above for a complete list of companies and their websites.
The U-M Inter Cooperative Council
Co-ops are owned and operated by the students who live in them rather than by landlords or the University. They are economical and convenient because members share the work necessary to run them. Co-ops also have a friendly atmosphere and tend to be more closely knit than residence halls and more sociable than apartments.
Dormitories & North Campus Apartments
The official on-campus housing website for the University of Michigan allows students to submit a request for a room in a dormitory or in the Northwood Community Apartments. Space in on-campus housing tends to be strictly limited and significantly more expensive than off-campus options.
Familiarize yourself with the streets near campus during your housing search using the Central Campus Map
For more information about UM housing, please go to:
-Download our Housing Factsheet
Cost of Living in Ann Arbor
Cost of Living Comparision Generator
Use the link above to compare the cost of living of Ann Arbor with your home city
International Center: Estimated Cost of Living for Visiting Students in Ann Arbor