Living and Working in Ann Arbor

A position at the University of Michigan has many benefits—and one is the vibrant community of Ann Arbor!

Cultural activities? Check. Nightlife? Check. Great school system? Check. Amazing restaurants? Check (please). Unique shopping? Check. Strong economy? Recreational activities? Summer festivals? Natural beauty? Family friendly? Check, check, check, check and check.

Ann Arbor has it all and more.

About Ann Arbor

To get a sense of life in Ann Arbor, take a look at these local websites.

City of Ann Arbor

Municipality at its best. This site answers many of those practical questions (How do they handle yard waste in Ann Arbor?) as well as links to public transportation, the school system and the library.

Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau

Yes, a nice place to visit and you’ll want to live here. Take a look at this site to learn more about the culture (food, entertainment, museums, festivals, events) of Ann Arbor.


The online version of the area’s popular monthly paper, The Ann Arbor Observer has a great events calendar, the Ann Arbor City Guide, and other visitor information. It’s a wonderful reference for a little “distance learning” about Ann Arbor.

For Ann Arbor local news.

Getting Around Ann Arbor

Campus Parking and Buses

Learn all about the parking system (and the shuttle buses that help make parking on a busy campus a little easier).

Public Transportation: Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA)

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as “TheRide,” is the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, enabling riders to reach their destinations at reasonable cost, and offering efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives.

Alternative Transportation

For information and resources about biking, carpools, Zipcars and other options, visit this page.

University Resources

Campus Information

While a large portion of this site is geared to students, it also has a wealth of information for faculty and staff. Plus, there’s a great section on Ann Arbor community information that links to community websites.

University of Michigan Medical School Website

The Medical School site offers a good snapshot of the Ann Arbor community, including links to area websites. It’s a great portal to explore Ann Arbor’s many amenities.

Child and Family Care 

Child and Family Care provides programs and resources to help faculty and staff balance their work and personal life.

Uniquely Michigan 

This site is designed to help faculty and staff to learn about the unique opportunities available to you as members of the university community. Topics include discounts, entertainment, health and wellness and more.