University of Michigan Dorms
Discover the UMich dorms with descriptions from local students, photos, and a map. Get beyond room sizes and find out the information you want to know.
Discover the UMich dorms with descriptions from local students, photos, and a map. Get beyond room sizes and find out the information you want to know.
The community has a smaller, quieter, less social feel than Mojo or Markley. Alice Lloyd attracts many returning students and serves as the home of the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, a learning community centered around writing and the arts. But you don't have to be an aspiring poet to fit in. It's not like everyone speaks in iambic pentameter. Residents of all kinds love Alice Lloyd's big rooms, updated facilities, and tight-knit culture. The location is great. It's right next to MoJo and the Hill Dining Center. It's not too far from the Central Campus classrooms, the downtown restaurants, or the South U bars. And while it's kind of a hike to the athletic campus, a lot of Alice Lloyd kids couldn't care less. It's perfect for students seeking a creative community, a less rowdy atmosphere, and a good mix of incoming and returning students. It's not-so-perfect for people who use the term "artsy-fartsy." Come to think of it, in 2014 there's really no good place for you
The community, made up entirely of freshmen, is much quieter than their neighbors at Bursley. The Baits Housesare a collection of smaller buildings with single and double rooms as well as 3- to 5-person suites. Suite-mates share a private bathroom, and many enjoy small living rooms as well. Baits is one of the homes of the First Year Experience, a living community that supports incoming students in their transition to the university environment. While Baits has many freshmen and many opportunities to make new friends, it's generally a smaller and more tight-knit culture than Bursley. (But you'll have a lot of opportunities to see deer on your walk to class. So that's pretty exciting.) The location isn't the best, we're not gonna lie. Not only do you have to deal with the commute to Central Campus, but you also have to walk over to Bursley when you want a meal from the dining hall. You'll probably end up spending a lot of time there anyway hanging out with the Bursley friends you make. Having said that, many students in Baits like the privacy and quieter atmosphere that come with being off the beaten bath. And the deer. It's perfect for incoming students-particularly in the engineering, fine arts, or architecture departments-looking for a supportive community and a calmer social scene. It's not-so-perfect for freshmen in other majors and those who came to take part in the big-school party culture.
The community at Barbour and Newberry is relatively small, quiet, and close-knit. Newberry hosts the Adelia Cheever Program, a theme community for female students interested in leadership and global issues. A lot of the girls here like to spend the bulk of their time in communal spaces, where they develop strong bonds of friendship and support. Many residents-international students in particular-specifically request these all-female houses. (If you request one, you'll get it.) Because of this, Barbour and Newberry are a little more conservative than the average dorm. But don't let this mislead you: many others are placed here without choosing to be. You'll have no trouble finding a group of girls who came for the co-ed college experience. And you'll have even less trouble finding somewhere to party Friday night. You'll just get the added benefit of having a peaceful place to sleep it off when you get home. And if you want to bring someone back to sleep it off with you, there's no rule against that. The location can't be beat. Barbour and Newberry lie just North of the Union, just west of the Diag, just south of Liberty, and just a few blocks east of Main. Unfortunately, the dining hall in Barbour is being converted to a common area this fall. So residents will have to walk a couple blocks to South Quad to eat. It's perfect for for female students seeking close friendships with their hall-mates along with a quieter, cleaner, more conservative college scene. It's not-so-perfect for dudes, chicks who want to live close to dudes, and chicks who need to get away from chicks.
The community is huge, diverse, and social. Bursley houses the Living Arts learning community and attracts many engineering students and others whose classes lie on North Campus. But in one of the largest dorms in the nation, you can expect to find just about every kind of resident. You'll be surrounded by loads of freshmen, so making friends won't be a problem. Although North Campus sits apart from the rest of the university, students in Bursley develop their own culture that's as strong as that in any other dorm. Like Markley, its counterpart on the Hill, Bursley gets pretty wild around the weekends. The location is the best on North Campus. There's a dining hall right in the building, arguably the best on campus. People love the food, the nearby Blue Apple restaurant/convenience store, and the legendary "Sexy Grandpa"-everyone's favorite server. Unfortunately, it's still North Campus. So getting to class on Central Campus can sometimes take 30 minutes. On the plus side, you can walk to your classes on North Campus in about 5. It's perfect for students in engineering, architecture, and the arts, as well as freshmen looking for a super social atmosphere. It's not-so-perfect for people who would sooner drop a class than take a half-hour commute to get there.
The community at Couzens is another nice blend of freshmen and upperclassmen. Students in the Health Sciences Scholars Program reside here, and the Residence Halls Association has its headquarters in the building. Freshmen who are placed here without joining the HSSP could find themselves surrounded by a lot of returning students and might have a tougher time making friends. But with all the comforts that come with living in Couzens-the semi-private bathrooms, the air-conditioning, the fancy dorm rooms and study spaces-you won't mind the small price of putting a little more effort into meeting people. It's still college, and people still want to socialize. The location is the furthest north on the Hill. Mojo's dining center is just a few minutes away and the Diag's about 15. If you're an engineering or fine arts student, Couzens puts you conveniently close to North Campus (but, even more conveniently, not actually on it). And if you plan on requiring fast or frequent medical attention, you'll be right next door to the UM Health System. It's perfect for health sciences majors and returning or incoming students who desire a higher-quality, lower-decibel living environment. It's not-so-perfect for freshmen who expect to make a new friend every time they step out of their rooms.
The community at East Quad is just a little off, which for many people makes it just right. This is a nice, big dorm (with nice, big rooms) that houses the Michigan Community Scholars Program, the Gender-Inclusive Living Experience, and the LSA Residential College, creating a diverse and supportive student body. East Quad opens its doors every type of resident. This makes it extremely easy to find people you'll fit in with, but also people you'll get fed up with. Focus on the former and you'll be fine. For those moments when you just need to get away, head to one of the countless community spaces, the dining areas, the art gallery, the game room, or even the multicultural lounge. The location rocks. You can walk almost anywhere in under 15 minutes: to class, the Hill, the restaurants downtown, the house parties off campus. East Quad's vegan-friendly dining hall gets mixed reviews, but if you get sick of the fare here you can always head a couple blocks west to South Quad. It's perfect for any incoming student with an open mind. It's not-so-perfect for people who can't stand liberals, the arts, or the liberal arts. The Residential College is known for attracting what some might call "creative types" and, on at least one occasion, a kid who actually believed himself to be a pirate.
The community here is very small, making it a bit of a gamble. Fletcher is relatively isolated and home to only about 75 students. So if you don't like the neighbors you get, you won't have a whole lot of alternatives. Having said that, residents find a lot to love here. The community can become quite strong, and people generally like to party. The dorm sits near a row of frat houses, which some find a little unnerving when walking home late at night. But the Greek atmosphere seems to be pretty contagious, as many Fletcher residents go on to join fraternities and sororities. The location has its benefits and its drawbacks. On the one hand, it's almost like having an off-campus apartment in one of the most popular undergrad neighborhoods. Fletcher is the closest dorm to the Big House, it's right next to the Intramural Sports Building (a favorite gym among students), and it's still only a 10- or 15-minute walk from Central Campus. If you'd rather hitch a ride, the buses stop right in front of the IM building and take you wherever you need to go. On the other hand, that commute can get a little annoying. And with no dining hall on site, you'll have to make the trek to South Quad whenever you want food. It's perfect for those looking to make a big school feel small, those who want to get a taste of Greek life, or those who spend more time at the gym than in class. It's not-so-perfect for students who wouldn't do well with a commute, a strong party scene, or the sound of Saturday-morning marching band rehearsals.
This community is another all-female environment, but only for returning and graduate students. As with Martha Cook, you must submit an application to be considered. The Henderson House operates as a co-op, offering approximately 25 ladies an alternative living experience where they all share chores and cooking responsibilities. The location is just off the southeast corner of campus, making it a slightly further walk to class or downtown Ann Arbor than you'd have at other Central Campus dorms. It's perfect for upper-level female students seeking a more adult living environment. It's not-so-perfect for those on a tighter budget, who would do better to consider Cribspot's broad selection of off-campus housing options.
The community at Martha Cook is much like that at Barbour and Newberry-only a little more extreme. For starters, anyone looking to live in Martha Cook must submit an application. So these girls really want to be here. It's known as a very prestigious, very traditional residence. You'll have a weekly sit-down dinner, a Friday afternoon tea, and some fairly strict building rules. Most notable are the male visitation hours: 10:00 a.m. Ð midnight (or 2:00 a.m. on weekends). Our sources tell us, however, that some residents manage to entertain guests overnight. All in all, Martha Cook can be a pretty sweet set-up. If you're a more conservative, reserved girl, you'll find a comfortable environment with close friends who share your values and respect your boundaries. If you wish to live in luxury, you'll love the spacious rooms, the clean facilities, and the calm atmosphere. But come the weekend, you'll have no difficulty finding hall-mates who want to socialize and-yes-even party. The location is ideal. Martha Cook sits right at the heart of Central Campus, next to the beautiful Law Quad and just steps away from most of your classes. Residents enjoy their own dining hall and a meal plan specific to their house. And parents enjoy the fact that their daughters live right across from the library. It's perfect for classy, studious, conservative ladies who want to live among like-minded friends. Strongly religious female students should find Martha Cook a nice fit. It's not-so-perfect for wild, rebellious, or promiscuous girls (hey, no judgment here) who have little interest in saddling themselves with rules and separating themselves from guys.
The community is made up entirely of freshmen. Markley is the biggest dorm on the Hill and maybe the loudest on campus. If you came to UM for the big-school social scene - the opportunity to live among 1000+ co-eds in their physical and sexual prime - then this is the place for you. You'll be having too much fun to care how small and crappy your room is. Markley serves as one of the three homes of the First Year Experience, so if you really want to live here you might consider signing up (although there's a decent chance you'd end up in one of the North Campus locations instead). Students in Markley should plan on lots of partying, having to study in lounges or libraries, and walking in on the occasional strip tease. The location is awesome for incoming students. Markley puts you at the heart of freshman life on campus and still only 10 or 15 minutes from class. You've got your own dining hall (including a make-your-own-pizza station and a late-night menu) right in the building. If you get tired of that, you can head a block west to the Hill Dining Center for some of the tastiest food on campus. And when you just need to get away, you're right next to the peaceful and scenic Nichols Arboretum. It's perfect for incoming students ready for the college experience they've been hearing about. It's not-so-perfect for less social, more conservative kids who need peace and quiet to study or sleep.
The community at MoJo is known for being a little more studious and a little less crazy than that of its neighbor Markley. It houses the Michigan Research Community and the Women In Science and Engineering Residence Program, so most residents here participate in a learning community. But don't let that fool you: there's still a strong social scene, and it's a favorite dorm among freshmen. It was the first residence hall to be renovated as part of the Residential Life Initiatives program (which never made its way to Markley). Students love the new facilities. The location is even better than Markley. MoJo sits just beside the Central Campus Recreation Building and adjacent to the Hill Dining Center, meaning you don't even have to go outside to get what many call the best meals on campus. You can get to the Diag, downtown Ann Arbor, or South U in under 15 minutes. And if you don't feel like walking, the bus system is great-though you'll only really need it when the weather's bad. It's perfect for freshmen looking for a nice balance of work and play. It's not-so-perfect for people who came exclusively for partying (you'll prefer Markley or Bursley) or people who can't roll themselves out of bed at least 15 minutes before class (you'll need something on Central Campus).
The community consists exclusively of returning students. So you won't find quite as many open doors and close-knit hallways as you would in freshman dorms. North Quad houses the International Impact theme community, the Veterans Living Experience, the Global Scholars Program, and the Max Kade German Residence Program, which all contribute to a very worldly atmosphere. This dorm offers nearly hotel-quality facilities, from singles to multi-person suites. Living here can get expensive, but upperclassmen find North Quad classy and convenient. The location perfectly suits the demographic. It's somewhat removed from those dorms around Central Campus and the Hill that cater more to freshmen. But it's still within walking distance of pretty much everything you need. North Quad sits at the northwest corner of campus, directly across from the Modern Languages Building, which is only fitting given the multicultural flavor of the dorm. It's perfect for upperclassmen with interests in foreign languages or international affairs, although you'll find plenty of other residents who aren't affiliated with the learning communities. It's not-so-perfect for returning students seeking more independence and a lower cost of living.
The community at Northwood is very similar to that of an off-campus apartment complex. Each unit consists of one or two bedrooms, a shared bathroom, a kitchen, and a common area. The apartment-style setup makes living in Northwood a much more private, less social experience. This poses a risk that you'll end up with a roommate you can't stand and without many neighbors to turn to. But don't worry: you'll still have plenty of chances to meet people. All Northwood III residents participate in the First Year Experience living community, a great way for freshmen to make friends when they arrive on campus. Northwood I & II, on the other hand, are reserved for returning students. While most of these upperclassmen have already established strong friendships before moving in, Northwood I hosts the Transfer Year Experience to give those new to Ann Arbor support in their transition. Finally, Northwood IV & V are a little more grown up, providing housing for graduate students and students with families. The location is comparable to Baits-some buildings better, some worse. Although the Northwood apartments do have kitchens, if you want food from a dining hall you'll have to walk to Bursley, which can be a 15-minute trip depending on your placement. And you'll have to make a lengthy commute when you want to get to Central Campus. But there are some benefits: Northwood is really the only on-campus housing option near a supermarket. And there are quite a few restaurants and shops along nearby Plymouth Road. It's perfect for transfer students and others who want a nice balance between the independence of off-campus housing and the support that comes with living in the dorms. It's not-so-perfect for people who need a strong social atmosphere, easy access to dining halls, and the luxury of rolling from bed to class in a matter of minutes.
The community is very different from anything else on the Hill. Oxford consists of eight separate houses with about 45 students each. These residences offer a quieter, homier feel that's a lot like living off campus, which has both benefits and drawbacks. On the plus side, Oxford residents, who are mostly freshmen, tend to form close-knit circles. They enjoy large rooms (some with access to kitchens), their own dining hall, a community basketball court, a fitness center, outdoor grills, even a ping-pong table. But they live somewhat isolated from the rest of campus, making it more difficult to connect with students from other dorms. The location really stretches the idea of "the Hill." By foot, Oxford lies about a 15 minutes east of Central Campus and 10 minutes south of the other Hill buildings. But most students just take the buses, which come every 10 or 15 minutes on weekdays. A major advantage of this location is that you'll live among the Greek houses and off-campus party scene. But a major disadvantage is that you'll have a 25-minute trek to the Big House on game days. The main bus service doesn't operate on weekends, but in January 2014 the university instituted a Night Owl service in response to crime around the off-campus neighborhoods. It runs Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and serves the Oxford Houses. It's perfect for freshmen who want to make a big school feel small, who want a slightly more "off-campus" housing experience, or who want to be close to Greek life. It's not-so-perfect for people who chose a big school precisely because it's a big school and people who won't leave the house in the snow. It's also a rough commute for engineering students, fine arts students, and anyone
The community is about as varied as it gets. South Quad attracts returning students of all kinds and houses the LSA Honors Program. But it also invites some non-honors LSA students, Ross pre-admits, engineering students, and (given its proximity to the sports facilities) student athletes. Upperclassmen generally have their social lives pretty well established. But freshmen will find it easy to meet and make friends with each other. Honors students here are known for their particularly strong community. This dorm can get a little wild - we hear pulling fire alarms is a favorite pastime - but that's college for ya. The location is at the center of UM's undergrad culture. You'll have easy access to the Diag, downtown Ann Arbor, the Big House; the list goes on. South Quad will reopen this fall after extensive renovations, and the improved dining hall is expected to draw students from all over Central Campus. It's perfect for upperclassmen, honors students, athletes, and pretty much anyone else. With co-ed floors, single-sex floors, substance-free floors, and students from every walk of life, South Quad almost certainly has what you're looking for. It's not-so-perfect for umÉ people who really didn't mean to come to college, I guess? But if that's you, not to worry: Michigan has some less conventional dorms that might be right up your alley.
The community in Stockwell Hall is similar to that in North Quad on Central Campus. Both are reserved exclusively for returning students. Most residents have already established strong friendships and aren't necessarily looking to do so with their hall-mates. But Stockwell does host the Sophomore Year Experience, which creates a strong community of second-year students. The building has an old-school charm, but recent renovations brought all the facilities up to date. You'll love the hardwood floors, the air-conditioned rooms, and the multi-level rotunda in the center of the building. Most rooms are singles, so you won't have as good a chance living with a friend. The location makes Stockwell the closest dorm to the Diag on the Hill. It puts you 10 minutes from class or the library and only steps away from the Central Campus Recreation Building or the Hill Dining Center. It's perfect for returning students looking for a more mature living environment but who still want the convenience and sense of community that come with living on campus. It's not-so-perfect for upperclassmen who want greater independence, lower rent, and some distance from dorm life. Instead, you should take a look at all the off-campus housing options Cribspot has to offer.
The community here mirrors that of its neighbor, South Quad, in many ways. Or maybe "rivals" is a more fitting term. Take, for example, the huge snowball fight between the two dorms after the first snow of each year: the fire alarms go off, the residents flood the lawns, and the snowballs start to fly. It actually gets pretty intense. West Quad is a huge dorm with lots of upperclassmen (sophomores+) and lots of athletes. But you'll find a fair share of freshmen here as well. The building is part of a large complex that includes the Michigan Union and the Cambridge House, a 150-person residence reserved for returning students with luxurious tastes and deep pockets. With all these upperclassmen, West Quad is not quite as freshman-focused as some of the other dorms. But incoming students can easily band together and create as strong a community as any other on campus. The location allows you to get from your bed to the coffee shop to the study lounge without ever setting foot outside. The entire complex is connected, including the Union. North Quad is just off the Diag and right across from the South Quad dining hall. It's only minutes away from class, downtown, South U-basically anywhere you need to go. It's perfect for athletes, upperclassmen, and people who prefer a large, diverse mix of hall-mates. It's not-so-perfect for incoming students looking for a freshman-oriented environment.
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