(Closed) We are moving to Ann Arbor!

posted 8 years ago in Michigan – Lansing, Jackson and Ann Arbor
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t live in Ann Arbor and cannot give you suggestions about where to live BUT I go to ann arbor a lot, we’re about 40 minutes out.  I LOVE ANN ARBOR.  What a gem.  I never expected it to be as nice as it is, I would absolutely love to live there.  It’s a great spot.  So many unique shops, restaurants and more.  It is truly a great place.  If I were you, I’d be veryyyy excited.   We’re in MD programs and phD programs as well and Fiance would love to do a post doc there.  I can’t say enough good things about it…

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Hey Emily! I moved this to the Ann Arbor local board for you; I hope that’s okay — that way locals will be more likely to see it!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Yeah I can imagine that would be so nerve wracking!  Yikes!  You must be able to come up and poke around, no?  I can tell you that when we drive around the area we see lots and lots of adorable neighborhoods surrounding the campus.  (and some which are so GORGEOUS, must be professors and such). 

We go to Ann Arbor a lot this winter because it’s beautiful in winter time, they line all the trees with white lights, and they have musicians playing outsdie on street corners!  Ahhh so precious.  have you been to BD Wongs Mongolian BBQ?  It’s a small chain, so you very well may have….but the nearst one for us is in Ann ARbor–Delicious!  I’m sosrry because I know you’re stressed about where to live and I am providing absolutely zero help but it’s just because I’m so side tracked with my love for ann arbor!  I can tell you that the cost of living around here is….dirt cheap.  So I wouldn’t be nervous about finding the perfect place–you totally will!  Keep me posted.  I’m so happy for you.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just moved to Ann Arbor in October.  It is a wonderful city with a lot of fun, interesting places to go.  So many grad students and grad student partners here too so there are LOTS of people in the same boat.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used to live in Ann Arbor when I went to U of M. I’m used to living in BIG cities (NYC and Chicago) so Ann Arbor was a difficult adjustment for me. Nevertheless, I still thought it was a good place for me to be at that time.

There are some fantastic restaurants there. I love love Zingermann’s. Fiance and I spent are first date there! Just thinking about it makes me hungry.

If you have any specific questions, I’ll try to answer them (if I can).

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Ooh, I was excited to see this thread!  I’d love to learn more about Ann Arbor.  My fiance and I are most likely moving there after our wedding because he’ll be going to law school.  I’m a new teacher (just finished my credential last June) and I’m nervous about being able to find a job.  Anyone know anything about how the school districts are holding up in the area?

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My parents live and work in Ann Arbor (they both work for UofM…I’m a MSU grad haha)

I grew up there.

it is a VERY cool town…great food, cool boutiques, pretty old houses.

Also, the surrounding areas…think Manchester, Dexter, Chelsea, etc are great places to raise families…great school districts, huge yards, etc

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@emilymuchnikoff

I was an undergraduate but not the typical undergraduate. I lived in an apartment complex off campus my senior year called Greenbriar that was on the bus route but I didn’t know any other undergraduates that lived there. There probably were some, but I didn’t encounter any. In my building there were lots of grad students, married couples, and some families. The complex was near North Campus. It was safe and affordable. There are more that I know of. If you pm me the names of any you’re interested in, I can let you what I know about them.

Downtown Ann Arbor is also really nice. It has sort of an old-school feeling to it but it doesn’t feel “campusy” at all. There are beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets.  I didn’t know many undergrads that lived over there. Most undergrads are concentrated around Central Campus, State Street, S. University, N. University areas.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Fun! I lived in Ann Arbor over the summer, and it is a great town, but it’s so much more fun when you have a partner – I was alone and didn’t really go out to eat alone, etc.  There’s always great stuff going on though, especially in the summer, and the parks and stuff are great.  I miss running in the arboretum so much!  

I say definitely try to live a little further out from campus, or in a nicer apartment complex – the undergrads are really annoying.  I would try to live more near the Main Street/downtown side of town, or even like, 5-10 minutes out, as opposed to like, East Campus or really close to campus where all the group houses are.  Walking distance to campus is a plus, because the buses aren’t great, but Ann Arbor is also totally bike-friendly so that’s another option.  

 

 

 

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