Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities offer the best of big city life in a small town setting. Whether you are single or have a family, the combination of cultural, outdoor and sporting activities, excellent restaurants, and a diverse community make Ann Arbor a stimulating place for graduate and postdoctoral studies.
Ethnicities from around the world find a home in Ann Arbor. Nowhere is this more evident—and delicious—than in the array of cuisines served in close to 300 restaurants. Ranging from exotic to down home, Ann Arbor boasts some of the best dining in the state of Michigan. No matter what you crave, you'll find a culinary experience to match your expectations.
Sports and Recreation
If you enjoy spectator sports, the Ann Arbor area offers an exciting range of top-ranked Big Ten teams to professional teams in Detroit, including the champion Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers. There is a student discount available for tickets to games on campus, including football at the legendary Big House.
Students can also participate in a wide variety of activities with programs in Intramural Sports, Club Sports, and Outdoor Adventures, or visit recreational facilities throughout campus.
Over 140 parks in the city of Ann Arbor allow outdoor enthusiasts to participate in all kinds of sports and recreational activities. Residents enjoy access to beautiful gardens and the city's large system of trails, many of which are located along the banks of the Huron River. These breath-taking locales offer activities ranging from canoeing and biking in the summer to cross country skiing and ice-skating in the winter.
Arts and Entertainment
A diverse cultural life abounds in Ann Arbor. Venues both on and off campus contribute to the city's reputation for being one of the top presenters of the performing arts in the country. Did you know that Ann Arbor is the only city in the nation to host the Royal Shakespeare Company? Performances range from international talent to student productions. Live music can be found almost any night of the week around town. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance hosts almost daily performances that are free and open to all students. The University's Museum of Art is home to the state's second largest collection of art and regularly features traveling exhibitions.
In addition to viewing shows from the audience, many students enjoy performing with groups like the Life Sciences Orchestra, which is made up of members of the University of Michigan's medical and science community. LSO hosts two concerts each year in mid-winter and late spring.
Summer in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is bustling with activity during the summer months, mostly due to the large number of festivals in the city and throughout the surrounding area. Even with the temporary exodus of many students, those who remain discover a whole new side to the city:
- Ann Arbor Summer Festival - Beginning in June every year, this three-week event is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit.
- Ann Arbor Art Fair - In July, the streets of downtown Ann Arbor fill with artists and visitors from across the country to attend this nationally recognized event.
- Golfing - Take in the beauty of southeastern Michigan on one of the many public and private courses in and around the Ann Arbor area.
- Outdoor fun - Hiking, horseback riding, swimming in lakes or neighborhood pools, fishing, or playing at the park—there's lots to choose from!
- Open Air Markets - Stroll through Ann Arbor Farmer's Market, Saline Farmer's Market, Kern Road Farms or Wiards Orchard for delicious fresh foods.
Visit these sites for more information about living and playing in Ann Arbor:
- University of Michigan - Visiting Ann Arbor
- University of Michigan Health System - About Ann Arbor
- Arbor Web features info on city and community events
- Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau offers lots of information for visitors
- MLive is a resource for everything Michigan.
Ann Arbor Rankings:
This year, Forbes Magazine rated Ann Arbor 4th among "America's Most Livable Cities 2010"
Low Unemployment Rank: 50
Low Crime Rank: 41
Income Growth Rank: 14
Low Cost of Living Rank: 89
Arts & Leisure Rank: 51
A city that's always been at the top, Ann Arbor also finds a place on many other rankings lists:
- 5th best city to live in the United States for its “college-town amenities, attractive downtown and educated population.” according to Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander (2007)
- #1 Area for Knowledege Workers, Expansion Management Magazine (2007)
- #3 Smartest City, Forbes Magazine (2006)
- 15th "Best Place for Singles" and 25th "Best Place to Live" in Money Magazine (2006)
Job Leads for Partners and Spouses
If you plan to bring a significant other with you to Ann Arbor, he or she will have plenty of prospects. About 10% of the workforce is employed by the University, and the area is rich with research and technology firms, not to mention the home of several major corporations. Our unemployment rate is well below the national and state averages at 4.2%, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
For the most up-to-date info on current job openings in the Ann Arbor metropolitan area, check out these sites:
- Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce
- Ann Arbor SPARK
- CareerBuilder (Local)
- University of Michigan
- University of Michigan Health System