Life in Ann Arbor
A mixture of small-town charm and big-city sophistication makes Michigan Public Health's hometown of Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the country. Ann Arbor’s unique mix of small town charm with the vibrancy of a metropolitan city, thriving economy, and lower cost of living compared to cities where other top schools of public health are located creates one the most desirable college towns in the nation.
Our 29 square miles boast over 158 parks, a clean and reliable public transportation system (U-M students ride free on most routes), vibrant arts and culture, and an eclectic downtown collection of restaurants, galleries, stores and cafes. Ann Arbor IS the quintessential college town experience with a diverse, intelligent and conscientious community.
Ann Arbor is also known for hosting famous arts and cultural attractions, which include the nationally renowned Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Celebrated musicians from all over the world regularly come to town to perform in the university’s world-class music venues.
You can also catch a football game at the nation's largest stadium, also known as the Big House, or watch any of the other 26 nationally-recognized varsity sports teams, many of which offer free or reduced-price admission for U-M students.
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