Generally, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students live in Off-Campus Housing locations (either apartments or houses). Off-campus does not mean off campus in the sense that it is not located near campus; most off-campus housing is actually within campus. It simply means that the properties are not owned and maintained by the university. Instead, they are privately owned apartments and homes managed by landlords and management companies.
Incoming undergraduate students are advised to select a central campus residence hall location, as most of the pre-requisite courses will be held on central campus. There is no specific residence hall for architecture students. Students studying all different disciplines are intermixed with one another in every residence hall. Once a student transfers into the architecture program, almost all of his/her classes will be held in the Art and Architecture Building (on north campus), so students might want to consider apartments around the north campus area for junior/senior years. However, some architecture students live on central campus and use the University bus system to commute between central and north campus. The buses typically run every five minutes, so it is possible to get around without much hassle, no matter where you live.
Most graduate students also live in off-campus housing, but the university does maintain family housing for students that are married and/or have children. All family housing is located on north campus. The university also offers a few single graduate student residence hall rooms. There is a limited number of both family housing and single graduate housing units, so both require an application. Please visit housing.umich.edu/grad for more information.
Almost, if not all, of the graduate-level architecture, urban planning, and urban design classes will be held in the Art and Architecture Building (on north campus), so students might want to consider apartments around the north campus area. However, some students choose to live on central campus and use the University bus system to commute between central and north campus. The buses typically run every five minutes, so it is possible to get around without much hassle, no matter where you live.
On-Campus Housing Options for Grads
Housing for Single Graduate Students
The University of Michigan offers two distinct on-campus housing experiences for single graduate students: the Munger Graduate Residences and Northwood Community Apartments. For both, you pay directly to the university as part of your student bill, and there is no application fee or security deposit.
Munger Graduate Residences
Located on Central Campus, the Munger Graduate Residences are designed specifically for graduate and professional level students from all U-M schools and colleges, to foster a transdisciplinary community where students live and exchange ideas together. The building features furnished apartments with 6 to 7 single-occupancy bedroom suites, each with a private bathroom. Learn more and request an application.
Apartments and Townhouses
Furnished apartments: Situated in a quiet community, units in our Northwood I & II come conveniently already furnished, with opportunities both for single graduates living alone or with a roommate.
Unfurnished Townhouses: Townhouses in Northwood IV & V offer a more spacious living option. Each unit features a main floor living space separate from upstairs sleeping spaces, as well as a basement with room for storage.
If you are looking to also accommodate your partner and/or children, University Housing also has family housing options available.
Housing is happy to talk you through your options and answer any questions. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (734) 763-3164.