Ann Arbor / University of Michigan Guide - Off Campus Housing

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What you should know about finding apartments and houses at the University of Michigan:

  • Prime locations go fast. If want to land one of these places you need get going early. October and November is not too early to contact land lords and see what is available.
  • Don't be afraid to go house/apartment hunting alone. If you see a location that you like you could contact the landlord, set up an appointment, or even better just knock on the door and make some new friends.
  • Most people are more than happy to show you their place even if you don't have an appointment. It's actually much better to go without the landlord as that way you can ask the current tenants what they think of the place and the landlord. When you are alone or just with a friend the current tenants are more likely to tell you the truth.
  • If you are willing to wait until March to find your place you can save thousands of dollars in rent. The downside is that fewer locations are available, but the landlords are getting nervous so they will often lower the price.
  • Don't think everyone in an apartment building is paying the same rent. We've heard of locations where the land lord has people paying $1200 and $950 for the same apartments in an apartment building. Renting later and negotiating with your landlord can save you money.
  • Further money saving tip: "South Campus" (South of Hill Street) & North Campus locations are often considerably cheaper than "central campus" locations and the increased walk time may only be about five minutes.


Ann Arbor Off Campus Housing Company Websites:
411 Lofts
Allmand Properties
Amvest Property Management
Arbor Properties
Bartonbrook Properties
Campus Management
Campus Rentals
CMB Property Management
Dan's Houses

ICC Co-ops
JMS Properties (very highly recommended)
Jones Properties (recommended)
Metro Property Services
Old Town Realty
Oppenheimer Properties (highly recommended)
Prime Student Housing (recommended)
University-Places houses (recommended)
University Towers
Varsity Management
Wilson White Company
Zaragon Place

See Also:
UM's Official Off Campus Housing Website
Arbor Web


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