Ann Arbor, Michigan

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There is plenty of off-campus housing for students in Ann Arbor. If you want to live near the football stadium then Elbel is a popular choice. You also get easy access to Elbel field, an athletic complex that includes a football field, volleyball courts, softball fields, soccer, cricket, rugby and ultimate frisbee fields. So if you want to play or are an athlete this is a good choice. Tappan is a good choice if being near the greek houses are important to you. The Law Quad and Ross School of Business is also in the area so you’ll find plenty of older grad school students in the area.

  • Elbel
  • Tappan
  • Old Fourth Ward
  • Oxbridge

Check out the Umich Off-Campus Housing site for school vetted listings:

Downtown Ann Arbor

Young Professionals/DINKs/SINKs

Ann Arbor has a growing downtown business district with plenty of small tech and creative businesses filling the commercial real estate. For that reason young professionals love to live in the apartments and condos downtown to have a simple walk to work.

Add to the in-town business district an awesome restaurant and bar scene downtown and you have the basics covered. Throw on top of all that the Art Galleries including the Ann Arbor Art Center, the jazz and other live music clubs, the bookstores, the AA Hands-On Museum, theaters, ice cream shops, and too many other things to list, and you can see why the area is popular for those looking for a good walk score to work and play.

Check out the Main Street Ann Arbor "things to do" site for a wrap-up of the areas places and activities:

Old West Side / Burns Park Ann Arbor


Old West Side is a beautiful historic district that borders downtown. Families can choose from smaller Cape Cod-style homes and much larger older homes to get the best of both worlds. Live on quiet streets but have just a short walk to all the great restaurants, and the culture and social experiences of downtown. You also get to live near the Pioneer High School, state-wide renowned for academics, sports and overall excellence.

Another great options is Burns Park. Also filled with tree-lined streets and old beautiful homes, the draw to Burns is the historic Burns Park which offers year-round play for families including a great playground, basketball courts, softball fields, tennis courts and a sledding hill for winters.

  • Old West Side
  • Burns Park
  • Lowertown