Frequently Asked Questions - Housing, General
Most students choose to live on campus for one or two years, but there are some who stay on campus through their senior year.
The only residence halls not available to first-year students are Stockwell Hall, which has a community focus on the sophomore year experience, North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex, and Cambridge House within West Quadrangle. As space is available, transfer students are usually eligible for any hall that is appropriate to their class level (i.e. older students will not be assigned to first-year-only halls).
It depends on the room type. There are singles, double rooms (two students), triples and even some quads (four to a room or suite).
You can search for any student, faculty or staff member on the U-M homepage. In the search box, enter the student’s name and choose directory. Some students choose not to share their contact information.
There are areas designated within South Quadrangle and Martha Cook residence halls for students in the Honors Program. Dedicated space allows students with common goals to live near each other and offer support.
All spaces in undergraduate housing are designated as non-smoking. In addition, residents and guest of “sub-free” rooms—including anyone over 21—agree to keep their room or apartment free from substances that have the potential to damage their health or the community. These substances include alcohol, tobacco products (including smokeless), illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and illegally obtained prescription medications. Learn more about substance free rooms. Explore our substance free policies in Community Living at Michigan. Approximately one quarter of all student rooms are designated as substance-free each year.
The occupancy of Michigan’s residence halls ranges from 75 to over 1300 students. The larger halls are divided into smaller units or “houses” and some are further divided by floor. This creates smaller communities, making it easier for students to get to know one another and to create a sense of belonging.
Approximately 60% of the freshman class lives in Baits, Bursley, or Northwood, all located on North Campus. With so many freshman in-residence, it offers lots of opportunities to meet new friends. Numerous organized activities take place in the North Campus student union, Pierpont Commons, and in the North Campus halls and other venues.
There is considerably more “green space” and easy access to bike and hiking trails.
North Campus is a short, free bus ride from other part of the Ann Arbor campus. University buses run frequently throughout the day and well into the early morning hours.
We cannot guarantee space availability for returning students. Students who register for Housing Sign-Up receive a selection time based on priority, with students who have lived in University Housing 2 or fewer terms having the highest priority. Look for Housing Sign-Up information in the News & Events section on this site as it becomes available.
Students are not required to live on campus -- although about 97 percent of first-year students choose to live in University Housing for the community, convenience and security. Living on campus is a big advantage in making the transition to university life.