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From Apartments to Houses: Preparing to Rent in Ann Arbor as a Graduate Student

Resources and Tips for Moving to Ann Arbor

As a new graduate student, choosing which school you want to attend and accepting their offer is just the first of a series of decisions you need to make. I personally love moving and house/apartment hunting, but most people find it more stressful than fun. Since moving to Ann Arbor, I have navigated both the apartment and rental house markets. From this process, I have learned some tips and found resources that make moving much easier. In this post, I will detail a few pointers you should know before renting in Ann Arbor, as well as my three favorite websites for finding the perfect living arrangements.

First, what should you consider before apartment/house hunting?


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

2018 Cohort of Ma Scholars Announced

The Rackham Graduate School is pleased to announce the second cohort of Ma Scholars. This need-based funding is awarded to graduate students from Asia who wish to pursue careers in public service, particularly those in the Schools of Social Work, Education, and Nursing. With the addition of these three students, six students have benefitted thus far from the generosity shown by Karl Ma through his gift of $2.5 million to establish the Karl C.K. Ma Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund at Rackham.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the following awardees:

Transformative Public Scholarship: Closing the Gap Between Research and Impact

My intellectual journey as a graduate student has taken a few twists and turns since I arrived in Ann Arbor, but one particular turn stands out as the definitive inflection point, permanently altering my research agenda and career trajectory. In December 2015, I began a research fellowship with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC, where I managed a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the department’s new body-worn camera (BWC) program. At the time, my dissertation focused on the long-term implications of severe state repression on citizens’ trust in state institutions. As a student of world politics, I naturally planned to engage in a combination of cross-national analyses and fieldwork abroad, in Nepal and Colombia.


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

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