Located in southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor is a vital, welcoming, and unusually sophisticated city with a population of more than 115,000. A true university town, Ann Arbor has become home to people from all over the world who teach, attend classes, work, and raise their children here. As a result, the city offers the cultural, educational, and recreational advantages of a major urban center, but with the tranquility, warmth, and safety of a small town. The area enjoys a pleasant, four-seasons climate ideal for year-round outdoor sports and recreation.
Ann Arbor’s charms include a bustling downtown, beautiful tree-lined streets, and an extensive system of parks. The city is surrounded by rivers, lakes, farms, and forests, and is considered a recreational gem. Its outstanding elementary and secondary schools rank among the very best in the country. High-quality housing is available in a wide variety of types and neighborhoods. Students enjoy living on-campus at the Lawyers Club, which forms part of the Law Quadrangle and is extremely popular for its beauty and convenient location, or at Northwood Community Apartments which include various excellent facilities for spouses and children. Alternatively, attractive private housing is available in apartments, cooperatives, condos, and houses, within easy walking distance of the Law School, or located near bus routes.
Culinary needs are easily satisfied by an impressive array of cafés, bistros, restaurants, and pubs on the one hand; and on the other, fresh produce and farmers markets, specialty shops including such with outstanding wine selections, minibreweries, as well as health/organic food stores to supplement the common fare.
The cultural menu includes a variety of public and private museums and galleries, an abundance of lectures, workshops, and concerts, theater, and dance productions. The University Musical Society, an internationally-renowned performance presenter, brings over 70 music, dance, and theater events to campus each year. Recent visiting artists and ensembles include the London, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras; mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and soprano Renée Fleming; the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas; violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff and Joshua Bell; pianists Lang Lang and Andras Schiff; hip-hop superstar Mos Def; jazz artists Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Alice Coltrane, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; dance ensembles such as the Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Urban Bush Women, and Alvin Ailey; theater companies the Royal Shakespeare Company, Complicite, and the Abbey Theatre of Ireland; and global events featuring artists from Asia, Africa, the Arab World, Mexico, and the Americas. In addition, Ann Arbor attracts audiences to a widely recognized Blues Festival, several cutting-edge film festivals, a beloved symphony orchestra, and numerous jazz, blues, and comedy clubs. Poetry slams and independent film-making thrive here, along with many active community and University choir, dance, and theater groups.
Moreover, each summer, the city hosts the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, one of the largest and best-known outdoor arts and crafts exhibitions in the country. For the more athletically inclined, there are sports events galore, among which, of course, football in the impressive Michigan Stadium, which seats more than 107,000 fans, stands prominent. For the actively athletic there are not only multiple indoor facilities (including rock climbing) but also golf courses, tennis courts, cross country skiing, marathon events, and the many possibilities embedded in the natural surroundings. Such richness of arts and culture and entertainment in general is hardly typical of U.S. towns with a population just over 100,000 but it is an integral part of what makes Ann Arbor uniquely vital and attractive.
With the automotive capital of Detroit less than 50 miles to the east, and Chicago and Toronto just a few hours away, Ann Arbor is centrally situated. Train and bus stations are convenient to campus. Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport, just a 30-minute drive from the Law School, ranks among the top 5 airports of comparable size around the world for its service quality. It offers well over 1000 daily nonstop flights to more than 160 cities throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, and easy connections to South America and Africa.