Founded in southeastern Michigan on the banks of the Huron River in 1824, Ann Arbor is a city of surprises. It's small yet cosmopolitan, with a rich variety of restaurants, museums, galleries, and cultural opportunities. Most activities are reachable by foot, bus or taxi. From football games in the fall to the city's renowned Art Fairs in the summer, there's always something to do in Ann Arbor!
Although it offers the variety of a metropolis many times its size, this city of 140,000 residents manages to retain a small-town charm and sense of security. Visitors to Central Campus will discover tree-lined streets, historic homes, and modern facilities adjacent to classic campus architecture, museums, libraries, specialty shops, countless coffee bars and bookstores, and plenty of city parks and bicycle paths.
The Main Street area—just a few blocks from Central Campus—is a great place to dine, shop, and stroll. Eat dinner at an elegant Northern Italian restaurant, browse the art galleries, or listen to live music. This is just a few of the many activities to choose from.
Several blocks further to the north, you'll find the Kerrytown area of Ann Arbor. On Saturdays, the Farmer's Market takes place; indoor Kerrytown shops are open every day of the week and include everything from fish markets to flower sellers to designer clothing stores. And just around the corner you'll find Zingerman’s, Ann Arbor's famous New York-style deli, one of the most popular eateries in the city.
Bisecting the University of Michigan campus, the Huron River provides beauty and recreation to area residents. Picnicking, canoeing, hiking and bicycling are popular activities during most of the year. In snowy months, residents ski on groomed trails in local golf courses, bicycle (studded tires), and hike through the city’s many urban nature areas.
Ann Arbor is easy to reach by air, rail, or highway. An Amtrak station is one mile from Central Campus, and Detroit Metro Airport is a short 45-minute drive. Please visit the Ann Arbor website for more information.