There are three main types of graduate student housing at Michigan: University-owned and operated housing apartments and townhomes (called on-campus housing); small group housing such as student-owned cooperatives; and off-campus housing, such as privately owned and operated houses and apartments (off-campus does not necessarily refer to the location, but merely that it is not operated by the University).
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University Housing is the primary source of information about University owned and operated student housing in Ann Arbor.
There is a high demand for University housing. The University maintains the Northwood Community Apartments and Townhomes which consist of nearly 1,100 family and single graduate housing units on North Campus. Located on Central Campus, the Munger Graduate Residences are designed specifically for graduate and professional level students from all U-M schools and colleges, to foster a trans-disciplinary community where students live and exchange ideas together. The building features furnished apartments with 6 to 7 single-occupancy bedroom suites, each with a private bathroom. For more information contact University Housing.
Beyond the Diag, a Division of Student Affairs program housed in the Dean of Students Office, has the launched the official University of Michigan Off-Campus Housing website. The effort to establish an interactive website that would aid students in finding off-campus housing was in response to input from Central Student Government, other student leaders, and advisory boards. This website delivers the features that students identified as necessary for a successful off-campus housing search.
The mobile-friendly website enables you to search property listings by rental price and various amenities, plus view high definition pictures of individual properties. Featuring an interactive map, you will be able to determine a property’s location in proximity to Central and North Campus, in addition to local bus routes (both AATA and U-M bus routes).
The user-friendly website includes a Roommate Finder and Message Boards accessible only to U-M students, faculty, and staff. To log in, simply use your uniqname and Kerberos password. The Roommate Finder will allow you the unique opportunity to find a roommate or subtenant within the University of Michigan community.
Do you have specific questions about living off-campus or about living in Ann Arbor? Visit the Resource section for links to helpful information and resources. Among the topics included are Forms and Agreements, Before You Sign A Lease, Once You Move In, Student Safety Tips, U-M Student Support Services, and Ann Arbor Area Resources. For additional information about Beyond the Diag visit https://offcampushousing.umich.edu/.
Another option is cooperative housing (co-ops). Co-ops are owned and run by the members who live in them. More information about this type of housing can be found through the Inter-cooperative Council at U-M.
Before you start to look for off-campus housing, begin with the Off-Campus Housing website. Also check The Michigan Daily and MLive; visit management companies and realtors; and look for flyers posted around campus. Off-Campus Housing can also provide you with information about local landlords and management companies registered with their office. In order to register, landlords agree to use the University’s Conflict Resolution Services in cases of landlord-tenant disputes, and they are entitled to use the University-approved rental agreements. This office also has a Roommate Matching Service on its website and provides roommate agreement contracts and sublease contracts.
Renting anywhere demands a certain knowledge of landlord-tenant law. If you know your rights and responsibilities, you may avoid unnecessary problems and expenses. In particular, you should know what you are getting into before making commitments. Fortunately, in Ann Arbor there are several good sources of off-campus housing information and advisory assistance available to U-M students. These include:
Off-Campus Housing, a student life program in the Dean of Students Office, provides helpful resources as well as experienced housing advisors who will help you interpret leases, discuss how to avoid or solve problems, and provide you with specific information about your rights and duties. The office’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance dispute resolution service for student tenants and registered landlords/property managers aims to resolve off-campus housing disputes between parties by using shuttle negotiation to reach a mutually desired outcome.
Student Legal Services (SLS), located at 715 N. University, Suite 202, (734) 763-9920, provides legal assistance to enrolled U-M students. SLS is funded by student fees collected each term. About half of the caseload at SLS involves landlord-tenant law, making the office’s lawyers and assistants knowledgeable, experienced sources of legal help. Please call for an appointment.
Don’t use your landlord as your legal consultant. If you are having a housing problem, take advantage of some of the expert advice available from the offices listed previously.