Updated: January 23, 2013
The program and the Ann Arbor community provide wonderful opportunities to pursue areas of personal interest. There are a wide variety of outdoor activities and sporting and cultural events common to a Big 10 college town.
Ann Arbor is a culturally rich and ethnically diverse city in Southeast Michigan which effectively combines the tranquility and pace of a Midwestern college town with the openness and opportunity of a much larger city. In addition to the beautiful Huron River, which runs directly through Ann Arbor, the city is literally surrounded by lakes, rivers, parks, and scenic drives. We also enjoy more than 100 public parks totaling almost 3,000 acres featuring activities such as swimming, skiing, golf, tennis, and canoeing. For more info about Ann Arbor including housing, transportation, recreation, and other resources see the UMHS Ann Arbor site at: http://www.med.umich.edu/annarbor.
Festivals & Fairs
There is always something going on in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs host hundreds of artists from around the nation and is one of the largest art fairs in the U.S. The "Top of the Park" is an annual festival of outdoor movies, music and dancing that lasts all summer long. Other fairs include the Frog Island Blues and Jazz Festival, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and numerous others.
In addition to the strong tradition of Big Ten football and basketball as well as CCHA hockey, intramural and community league sports abound. Residents participate in community soccer leagues and there are regular pick-up games of basketball, tennis, golf and football.
Cultural opportunities are almost endless, generated by the University and our proximity to Detroit (forty-five minutes), Chicago (five hours), and Toronto (four hours). In addition to a rich local performing arts community, the Ann Arbor area features an extraordinary music menu including symphony orchestras, chamber groups, opera and contemporary artists. The downtown area includes an extraordinary variety of music clubs, restaurants, and cafes providing a wide selection of international atmosphere and cuisine. Some residents also participate in the highly acclaimed Life Sciences Orchestra featuring musicians from the schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health and the U-M Health System.