Because city and campus life are elaborately interwoven, Ann Arbor has a bustling and varied nightlife with restaurants, bars, cafes, and entertainment venues for every taste and temperament. With nearly 118,000 permanent residents, there are things to do year round. Visit Happening@Michigan to find out more.
Ranked the #1 most educated city in America by Forbes magazine, Ann Arbor cherishes its reputation as a national center for the arts, and the University of Michigan is a large part of that. Almost every day you will find cultural and intellectual events such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Capitol Steps brought to campus by the University Musical Society. Nationally acclaimed events like the Ann Arbor Art Fair draw nearly half a million visitors every year.
Running through the city is the Huron River, an ideal spot for outdoor recreation. Many other rivers and forests, as well as 147 city parks of all shapes and sizes, can be found in the area. And, while Ann Arbor celebrates four distinct seasons, those unfamiliar with colder climes should not fear. Our temperate winter weather is as inviting to skiers and outdoor lovers as our summers and colorful falls.
Ann Arbor and the university community are safe, friendly, accessible, and affordable. The cost of living is much lower than in cities with comparable amenities, such as New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
Joe Arvai, Professor: It's pretty hard to beat Ann Arbor. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Krutarth Jhaveri, MS/ESS ’18: There are just so many things to do.
Shannon Sylte, MLA ’19: There's almost too many things to do.
Jim Gawron, MS/MBA ’19: The food. The culture. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Krutarth Jhaveri, MS/ESS ’18: The music is wonderful. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Dahlia Rockowitz, MS ’18: What I really like and what I know a lot of SEAS students like is how accessible nature is.
Jim Gawron, MS/MBA ’19: On any given day, you have events that range from history to technology to the arts.
Cailin Buchanan, MSE/MS ’18: I love Ann Arbor. It's such a fun city and it's very walkable.
Shannon Sylte, MLA ’19: It's sort of got a small town feel. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Joe Arvai, Professor: In terms of quality of life, in terms of quality of experience, in terms of diversity of thought, when it comes to feeling safe at home and on the street, when it comes to being in an environment where you can walk up to anyone to ask them a question, it's pretty hard to beat Ann Arbor.